Our Stories, Our Lives

Upcoming Events

Great Michigan Read

*MHC funded events

Oct
13
Fri
2017-18 Great Michigan Read Kick-Off @ Charles H. White Museum of African American History
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Great Michigan Read Author Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, will discuss “X: A Novel” at 7:00 pm in The Ford Freedom Rotunda in the Charles H. Wright Museum. Ms. Shabazz will be interviewed by Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd, Michigan Humanities Council Board Member and Distinguished Professor in African American Studies at Wayne State University.

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Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

This free event is open to the public.

Thank you to our Partners:

Meijer, National Endowment for the Humanities, The Scarab Club, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

The Historic Ford Estates, Detroit Public Library Foundation, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Sarah Jury, MSU Federal Credit Union, Library of Michigan, Bill Alsover, and Michigan Radio.

Michigan Humanities Council presents the Great Michigan Read to the entire state of Michigan.

Exhibits

*MHC funded events

Sep
23
Sat
From Forest to Fruit Belt* @ North Berrien Historical Musem
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This new exhibit at the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma highlights authentic local artifacts from the lumbering and agriculture industries that transformed Southwest Michigan’s landscape and created its modern communities. “From Forest to Fruit Belt” is an immersive, interactive experience of the vehicles, machinery, photographs, advertising, community and culture that are the heart of Southwest Michigan’s Fruit Belt. The exhibit can be seen during the museum’s summer hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.northberrienhistory.org or by calling 269.468.3330.

Hours:

Summer Hours (May through September)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Winter Hours (October through April)
Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm

Descrechaska: Here is Everything* @ Wyandotte Museum
Sep 23 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Wyandotte Museum has opened a new, permanent exhibit exploring the city’s history. On display in an updated gallery space, the exhibit features rarely seen images from museums and archives as far away as Quebec, Canada. Artifacts from the Wyandotte Museums’ collection that had been in storage were brought out to showcase the city’s past. The exhibit’s name, “Descrechaska,” comes from the Wyandot language, spoken by the Native Americans who lived in the region prior to the arrival of Europeans. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.

Sep
24
Sun
From Forest to Fruit Belt* @ North Berrien Historical Musem
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This new exhibit at the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma highlights authentic local artifacts from the lumbering and agriculture industries that transformed Southwest Michigan’s landscape and created its modern communities. “From Forest to Fruit Belt” is an immersive, interactive experience of the vehicles, machinery, photographs, advertising, community and culture that are the heart of Southwest Michigan’s Fruit Belt. The exhibit can be seen during the museum’s summer hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.northberrienhistory.org or by calling 269.468.3330.

Hours:

Summer Hours (May through September)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Winter Hours (October through April)
Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm

Descrechaska: Here is Everything* @ Wyandotte Museum
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Wyandotte Museum has opened a new, permanent exhibit exploring the city’s history. On display in an updated gallery space, the exhibit features rarely seen images from museums and archives as far away as Quebec, Canada. Artifacts from the Wyandotte Museums’ collection that had been in storage were brought out to showcase the city’s past. The exhibit’s name, “Descrechaska,” comes from the Wyandot language, spoken by the Native Americans who lived in the region prior to the arrival of Europeans. The museum is open Thursday – Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under.

Sep
25
Mon
From Forest to Fruit Belt* @ North Berrien Historical Musem
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This new exhibit at the North Berrien Historical Museum in Coloma highlights authentic local artifacts from the lumbering and agriculture industries that transformed Southwest Michigan’s landscape and created its modern communities. “From Forest to Fruit Belt” is an immersive, interactive experience of the vehicles, machinery, photographs, advertising, community and culture that are the heart of Southwest Michigan’s Fruit Belt. The exhibit can be seen during the museum’s summer hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.northberrienhistory.org or by calling 269.468.3330.

Hours:

Summer Hours (May through September)
Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Winter Hours (October through April)
Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm

NEH Events, Exhibitions, and Programs

All events, exhibitions, and programs listing here are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Sep
24
Sun
Anishinabek: The People of This Place @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am

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This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Newcomers: The People of This Place @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am

Click here for further information and museum hours.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Voices from Detroit: American Black Journal Online @ Michigan State University
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am

Click here for program information.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

From the website:

American Black Journal, originally titled Colored People’s Time, went on the air in 1968 during a time of social and racial turmoil. The original mission was to increase the availability and accessibility of media relating to African-American experiences in order to encourage greater involvement from Detroit citizens in working to resolve community problems. The show has continued on the air consistently since then, documenting over thirty years of Detroit history from African American perspectives. The collection includes interviews, round-table discussions, field-produced features and artistic performances featuring African Americans, many of who are among the nation’s most recognized and controversial figures, and provides the visual and audio context of key debates and discussions surrounding African American history, culture, and politics.

Thanks to funding through the National Endowment of the Humanities, Detroit Public Television and Michigan State University have collaborated to digitize and preserve the ABJ shows, and to bring them online here as a significant resource on African American history.

The ABJ programs represent a wide variety of African-American viewpoints on issues important to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the nation as whole, ranging from labor unrest in the automobile industry, to the urban civil disturbances in Detroit and across the nation riots of 1967, the emergence of outspoken African American political leaders, and the explosion of Motown music.

Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight @ The Henry Ford Museum
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am

Click here for program information and museum hours.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Made in America: The History of the American Industrial System @ The Henry Ford Museum
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am

Click here for program information and museum hours.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Great Art: New Start @ Detroit Institute of Arts
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am

Click here for program information and museum hours.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Sep
25
Mon
Anishinabek: The People of This Place @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am

Click here for further information.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Newcomers: The People of This Place @ Grand Rapids Public Museum
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am

Click here for further information and museum hours.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

Voices from Detroit: American Black Journal Online @ Michigan State University
Sep 25 @ 9:00 am

Click here for program information.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

From the website:

American Black Journal, originally titled Colored People’s Time, went on the air in 1968 during a time of social and racial turmoil. The original mission was to increase the availability and accessibility of media relating to African-American experiences in order to encourage greater involvement from Detroit citizens in working to resolve community problems. The show has continued on the air consistently since then, documenting over thirty years of Detroit history from African American perspectives. The collection includes interviews, round-table discussions, field-produced features and artistic performances featuring African Americans, many of who are among the nation’s most recognized and controversial figures, and provides the visual and audio context of key debates and discussions surrounding African American history, culture, and politics.

Thanks to funding through the National Endowment of the Humanities, Detroit Public Television and Michigan State University have collaborated to digitize and preserve the ABJ shows, and to bring them online here as a significant resource on African American history.

The ABJ programs represent a wide variety of African-American viewpoints on issues important to the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan, and the nation as whole, ranging from labor unrest in the automobile industry, to the urban civil disturbances in Detroit and across the nation riots of 1967, the emergence of outspoken African American political leaders, and the explosion of Motown music.

Heroes of the Sky: Adventures in Early Flight @ The Henry Ford Museum
Sep 25 @ 9:30 am

Click here for program information and museum hours.

This ongoing program is supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Public Program.

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