click here to view in browser. December 2013


Michigan Stories

Position Opening for PROGRAM OFFICER
Application due by January 6

Smithsonian Exhibit Travels from Southeast to Upper Peninsula

Smithsonian Comes to the U.P

Looking for a fun, family field trip this winter? Visit the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis to see a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Journey Stories. Coordinated in Michigan by the Michigan Humanities Council, this exhibit explores our history of travel and movement and is on display through Jan. 25. This exhibit has no admission charge. For more information, including hours and supporting events, visit the Journey Stories – Curtis page.

Saginaw Library Continues Muslim Journeys Discussion

Muslim Journeys Discussion to Begin at MSU

Michigan State University Libraries is preparing to launch a five-part discussion for Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys, a program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. Public participants will read five books in the "Pathways of Faith" theme of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf with discussions led by Associate Professor Mohammad Khalil. Participants are encouraged to attend all five sessions – registration is requested by Dec. 15 to Deborah Margolis at or (517) 884-0892. Sessions will be held Jan. 30, Feb. 11 and 27, March 13 and 27. For more information, visit the program page through the MSU Library.

Announcing the Next The Way We Worked Hosts

Announcing the Next The Way We Worked Hosts

In 2014, the Michigan Humanities Council will coordinate the next Smithsonian Institution exhibit to tour Michigan as part of Museum on Main Street. We are bringing back The Way We Worked, a captivating exhibit that explores the history of work culture in America and that in our local communities. The 2014-15 site hosts are: Artworks: Big Rapids, Oxford Public Library, William G. Thompson House Museum (Hudson), Downtown Art Place (Ironwood), and the Plainwell Downtown Development Authority. A full exhibit schedule will be posted shortly – please check our website,, shortly.

Annie's Ghosts Discussions Continue in Northern Michigan
Photo credit Dave Trumpie

Author Coming to Great Lakes Bay Region

This January, Great Michigan Read author Steve Luxenberg will visit Saginaw, Midland and Mt. Pleasant for a series of author discussions related to this year's program surrounding Luxenberg's book, Annie's Ghosts. On Jan. 28, Luxenberg will speak with students at Saginaw's Swan Valley High School, and then have public discussions at the Castle Museum of Saginaw at noon and at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland at 7 p.m. A tentative event is planned for Jan. 29 in Mt. Pleasant. For more information and remaining author tour events, click through for the full schedule.

Looking Ahead in 2014

  • MHC Celebrate its 40th Anniversary

  • Major Grant Draft and Application Submissions
  • Poetry Out Loud Sttate Competition - March 14 in East Lansing
  • Muslim Journeys Discussions begin at Pickford Community Library March 11
  • Great Michigan Read Finale May 22 in Ferndale

MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Stories We Tell
Dec. 2 in Traverse City
Region: Northwest


Christmas In Ida: Family Concert Series
Dec. 6 in Ida

Region: Southeast


Michigan Folksong Legacy: "Grand" Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through Jan. 3 in Traverse City
Region: Northwest


Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

January – February in East Lansing
Registration due by Dec. 15

Region: Southeast

Smithsonian: Journey Stories Exhibit
Now through Jan. 24 in Curtis

Region: Upper Peninsula


Great Michigan Read Author Event
Jan. 28-29 in Saginaw, Midland and Mt. Pleasant

Region: East Central

Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the
Native American Perspective

Now through May 2014 in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest

Michigan Humanities Council

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Lansing, MI 48912

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