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Council Board Member Steven Brisson has been named deputy director of the Mackinac State Historic Parks. Brisson will oversee and manage the newly created Museum Programs and Marketing Unit, part of an institutional reorganization set in motion in late September, combining two units into one. Brisson has been with the Mackinac State Historic Parks since 1996.

The Marquette Regional History Center made news in The Mining Journal for the launch of their interactive kiosk, which will showcase veterans’ stories. This project, which received a major grant from the Council, includes journals, photographs and oral histories of U.P. veterans dating back to the Civil War. Read the complete story here.

The Los Angeles Times recently featured an article on Detroit’s road to an artists’ hot-spot. The article, “Detroit evolving into a haven for artists,” features voices of local artists, gallery owners, and a College for Creative Studies professor, as well as the relation of art, food and community. “Cheap rents and an urban pioneering spirit are attracting young artists, and new restaurants, nightspots and even urban farms are serving this growing community and its hipster fans. It’s still the early days, but change is palpable, even to the casual visitor.”- article author Andrew Bender

Tiya Mills, an associate professor at University of Michigan, was named a MacArthur Foundation fellow. Miles, the project director for a Council-funded grant entitled “ECO Girls (Environmental and Cultural Organization for Girls),” is a historian whose work has traced the intersecting lives of American Indians and black slaves. The Detroit Free Press featured Miles in an article in late October, entitled “What these 3 MacArthur Foundation winners do is genius.”

Following the announcement of our major grant awards in November, numerous media outlets picked up the story, including the Chicago Tribune,, The Republic (Indiana), WDIV Detroit, and 9&10 News from the U.P.

For all of the history buffs, Hometown History Tours has created a Civil War Guide and link noting all Michigan sites significant to the Civil War. It's amazing to see on a map just how marked Michigan's history is. For more information on Hometown History Tours, visit

The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) has received a grant of $650,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support and expand a comprehensive initiative for collections - based on teaching and learning. The Mellon grant will support the inauguration of an exhibition series aimed at using the museum as an inspirational source for faculty to foster academic and scholarly discussions across disciplines, called "Flip your Field." For more information on the musuem, visit

The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) has announced the release of its latest triennial "Michigan History Directory." First published in 1975, the directory's 13th edition was released Dec. 1. A critical tool for anyone researching the state's history, the latest directory includes detailed listings for more than 950 historical societies, museums, archives, historic sites, agencies and commissions in Michigan. Featuring several organizations that were not listed in the past, the 176-page directory is the most-comprehensive catalog of historical resources available in Michigan. This directory will be sold through major bookstores and through the HSM website at for $19.95.

Council grantee One of Us Film is currently working on their one-hour documentary, Reimagining Detroit, exploring the thesis presented in John Gallagher's book of the same title. For a sneak-peek at what their documentary will include, click here.


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