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Through Michigan Humanities at Home – or #MIhumanitiesathome – we are gathering and sharing resources that can help everyone engage with the humanities. From virtual tours to online story times, this collection highlights Michigan libraries, cultural attractions, grant-funded creative work, and more. Visit our social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to view daily additions to #MIHumanitiesatHome and share how you are bringing the humanities to your daily life. Questions? Have an online resource, book review, or other idea for Michigan Humanities at Home? Contact Estee Schlenner,, programs and communications coordinator.


Virtual Tours

All about Ain Dubai
Art Prize’s The String Project
City-a-day spring break
Cliffs of Moher
Detroit Institute of Art 
Detroit Zoo
Frederik Meijer Gardens
Global Street Art Foundation
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
House Calls Series
Libraries Around the World
Menominee Range Historical Museum
Michigan History Museum
Michigan Science Center
Murano Glass Museum
Shedd Aquarium
Shipwreck Tour of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
The National Quilt Museum
The Whitney Detroit 
Tomb of Queen Meresankh III
Tulip Lanes in Holland
Van Gogh Museum

Virtual Float down the St. Mary’s River

Virtual Road trip across the USA

WWII Glider and Military Museum
Stahl’s Automotive Foundation
The International Museum of Children’s Art 
George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Puratos Sourdough Library 
Manistee County Historic Sites
Chatsworth Farm
Hike Zion National Park’s Canyon Overlook Trail 
Mackinac State Historic Parks 
Jane Austen’s Library 
Michigan dairy farm 
Gettysburg National Military Park
Belle Isle Aquarium 
Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello 
Uffizi Gallery
The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Glen Arbor Art Center’s ‘New Views: Birdlandia’
8 Military Museums you can visit from the American Legion 
Adler Planetarium
The Museum of Modern Art
The British Library 
Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul 
Yosemite National Park 
Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives
Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips
Virtual COVID-19 Friendly Field Trips Around the World


Baseball: A Film by Ken Burns 
PBS American Masters’ Unladylike2020 series
Watch Strong Words: The Art of Toi Derricotte with code Spring2020 

Story Times

Alison Watson reads Llama Llama Red Pajama 
Arab American Museum Storytime 
Betty White reads Harry the Dirty Dog 
Chad Swan-Badgero reads Stella Brings the Family 
Chris Pine reads Clark the Shark 
Ernest Borgnine reads The Rainbow Fish 
Ethriam Brammer reads Allá en El Rancho Grande 
Ethriam Brammer reads The Rowdy, Rowdy Ranch 
Goodnight with Dolly 
Hector Elizondo reads Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch 
Ilyasah Shabazz reads Betty Before X
Jenna Ortega reads Don’t Call Me Bear! 
Jennifer London reads Knuffle Bunny 
LeVar Burton’s Storytime 
Michelle Obama reads The Gruffalo 
Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit Family Room Read 
Ms. Linda reads The Lorax 
Officer Kim Parvianen and her partner Bane read The Special One 
Peter White Library reads The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 
Scott Kelly reads Mousetronaut 
Shannon Polk reads Five Live Bongos 
Storytime from Space 
The Rupp Family reads The Remarkable Farkle McBride 
Viola Davis Reads Rent Party Jazz 
Warren E. Bow School reads Honey, I Love 
Detroit History and The Detroit History Club History Bedtime Stories
Kristen Bell reads Quackenstein Hatches a Family
Daisy Ridley reads Star Wars: BB-8 On The Run
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone read-along
Astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor reads If I Were an Astronaut
Kevin Costner and Jillian Estell read Catching the Moon 
Megan Kellner from Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park reads These Colors are Bananas 
¡Los Zombis No Comen Verduras! Leído por Jaime Camil 
Debbie Taylor reads Over in Motown 
Ms. Campbell reads Cool Cuts 
The Story Corps Military Voices Initiative
Wes Tank raps Dr. Seuss’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Reading & Listening Recommendations

A #MIHumanitiesatHome reading list
Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki recommends Jackson’s Call to Greatness
Paul Chaffee recommends Priceless
Bill Alsover recommends The American Story
Joe Cialdella recommends Elemental
Katie Wittenauer recommends Matilda on International Children’s Book Day
A #MIHumanitiesatHome listening list
Sarah Jury reviews Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Leadership: In Turbulent Times 
Sheryl Kendrick reviews The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell
Lisa Schmitz recommends The Nickel Boys
Larry Preston recommends Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln 
Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki recommends Michael Zadoorian’s The Narcissism of Small Differences 

To Do

Arab American Museum Yalla Eat! Instagram Takeover Chef Series
Curate your own collection with the Grand Rapids Public Museum 
Earth Day at 50 Teach-out 
Free art classes 
#MIHumanitiesatHome BINGO
Muskegon Museum of Art Coloring Book 
Pure Sounds of Michigan 
Pure Michigan Webcams 
Share your favorite book and pet with us
The On Being Project for National Nurses Day 
#WriteRightRite creative writing prompts
#YpsiWrites Writing Resources 
Children’s Book Week from Every Child a Reader
National Limerick Day
Dr. Bernice King and Ilyasah Shabazz’s conversation with GirlTrek: Healthy Black Women and Girls 
Submit a film to the Flint Youth Film Festival
#PureMichigan virtual postcard 
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s One World Ideas x Actions conversation 
Michigan DNR’s MichiGame
KQED and the MindShift’s journaling through a pandemic 

Performances & Poetry Readings

Sir Patrick Stewart’s #ASonnetADay 
The Show Must Go On! 
Anita Skeen’s “Boys Picking Jonquils”
River Pease’s “Living With Anxiety”
Masaki Takahashi’s performance of an untitled piece
Cindy Hunter Morgan’s “Kettle”
#PocketPoem “The Flower at My Window” by Lucian B. Watkins
Nancy DeJoy reads “Ourselves and One Another,” “At My Father’s Grave,” and “Freedom” 
Juan Felipe Herrera poetry reading from the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association