About

Michigan is a state with many Stories.

Heritage Grants: Exploring the History of All Michigan’s People, is an award-winning program created by the Michigan Humanities Council that supports community groups in telling local histories at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity in Michigan. Together, the projects represented on this site help to reveal a more expansive history of Michigan and the people that contribute to its civic and cultural life.

Between 2015 and 2016, the program supported $1.2 Million in grants to 54 organizations through two cohorts of grantees. This website shares a portion of the public humanities work grantees did, some of the resources they created, and the stories they told. Their larger projects took the form of exhibits, digital projects, oral history programs, documentaries, cultural ceremonies, community conversations, and other activities that shared the history, experiences, vitality, and authentic voices of Michigan’s diverse residents. By exploring history, projects examined connections between past inequities, present-day barriers to success, and opportunities for advancing racial equity today.