Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Calendar Update

Beginning in January, our calendar publication, “Happenings,” will be included with the newsletter instead of a separate mailing. It will run in the sidebar and include a link to the statewide events list. Our great listings of humanities events are not changing, so please continue to send your events for consideration of posting to kbartig@


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Happy Holidays from MHC!

Your Michigan Humanities Council wishes you happy holidays and New Year! Make sure the humanities are part of your 2013 – we will announce the next Great Michigan Read, have two Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibitions around the state, and yet another amazing Poetry Out Loud program. If you have any questions about our programs, please call our offices. We are open Dec. 26-28! Call us at (517) 372-7770.

MeijerDonor Spotlight

This month we highlight Meijer for its continued support of the Great Michigan Read. Since the program began in 2007, the Grand Rapids-based supercenter has been a strong supporter and participant of the program. Most recently, Meijer donated $40,000 to be used for 2013 Great Michigan Read programming.

Touring Directory Launches for 2012-15

Emmet County Creates Humanities Element in Debut of Discovery Trail

Emmet County Creates Humanities Element in Discovery Trail

When you think of Mackinaw City, what comes to mind – access to delicious fudge, a cultural hot-bed of activities, beautiful lakeshore sights? But did you know that the city is home to one of only 10 Dark Sky Parks in the world?


Framed with strong humanities programming, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park provides visitors...

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The Way We Worked

Visit Dowagiac for Smithsonian Exhibit on Work History

Did you know that Dowagiac is home to the oldest continuously operated lumber business in Michigan? Or that in 1930, there were four furnace companies running full-strength, giving Dowagiac the title of Furnace City?


Between the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, remember to stop at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac to see the Smithsonian Institution...

GVSU Gears Up for Annual Fall Arts Celebration

Civil War Discussions Underway

Conversations have begun as part of the Making Sense of the American Civil War discussion program, produced in partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association.

The Michigan Humanities Council, hosting the program throughout the state, selected five institutions to lead discussion. ...

Application Call: 2013 Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit



  • Former MHC Board Member Paula Gangopadhyay has been appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board...
  • Michigan State University has opened its $45 million contemporary art museum – the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum..

  • For an interesting read on small-city appeals, check out “In Praise of Smaller Cities” by Ann Arbor-native Micheline Maynard...

  • Have you heard Michigan Radio’s pilot program “The Living Room?” The one-hour program explores given themes through stories, song and writing...


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