click here to view in browser. January 2014


Michigan Stories

Position Opening: Full-time Program Officer to manage statewide literary programming. To review the job posting, click here.

Happy 40th Birthday MHC

Happy Birthday MHC!

The Michigan Humanities Council is celebrating its 40th birthday with a year-long celebration including events and a series of print and digital articles exploring the past 40 years. The Michigan Humanities Council, first named the Michigan Council for the Humanities, began operation in 1974 as a state-affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. With your support, we have provided countless grants and programming support to further the humanities and cultural livelihood in Michigan. What do you appreciate most about the Michigan Humanities Council? Tell us on our Facebook page!

Photo credit Dave Trumpie

Great Michigan Read Tour Continues

Steve Luxenberg, author of this year's Great Michigan Read title Annie's Ghosts, will be in Saginaw and Midland later this month as part of a statewide author's tour for the literary program. Luxenberg will discuss Annie's Ghosts and the topics of mental illness, family secrets, immigration and genealogy on Jan. 28 in Saginaw at Swan Valley High School (9 a.m.) and the Castle Museum (noon). He will give an evening presentation in Midland at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library at 7 p.m. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the events and the Great Michigan Read program, click here.

Last Chance: Smithsonian in the U.P.
Courtesy Les Cheneaux Library

Major Grant Deadlines Announced for 2014

The Michigan Humanities Council has announced March 12 as the next deadline for Major Grant applications, which support public humanities programming with awards up to $15,000. All Michigan nonprofits are invited to apply for the grants, which require up to 120 percent cost share. Those interested in applying are highly encouraged to submit a proposal summary for review to determine funding eligibility and assistance toward an eventual grant proposal. Project summaries can be submitted through an online form by Jan. 20. For more information on what the funds cover and how to apply, click here.

Last Chance: Smithsonian in the U.P.

Last Chance: Smithsonian in the U.P.

This month is the last chance to see Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition exploring travel and movement, in the Upper Peninsula. The family friendly exhibit is now on display at the Erickson Center for the Arts in Curtis until Jan. 24. On Jan. 12, the arts center will present a 2 p.m. event with Northern Michigan University Professor Russell Magnaghi on Upper Peninsula journeys. In February, Journey Stories will be open at the Charlevoix District Library. The exhibit can be seen free of charge at both venues. For more information on the tour, visit the program page.

MHC Newsletter

Online Read: Bridging Michigan

In December, the Michigan Humanities Council distributed the first edition of a new print publication, Bridging Michigan. This biannual newsletter explores MHC programming around the state from staff and partner perspectives. Click here to read Volume 1 online – featuring articles on the Great Michigan Read's community impact, power of Poetry Out Loud and importance of appreciating the humanities. If you would like to receive our print publications, change your mailing subscription here.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Annie's Ghosts Scholar Discussion
Jan. 13 in Grand Rapids
Region: West Central


Community Mental Health Panel Discussion
Jan. 22 in Midland
Region: East Central

An Evening to Remember: With Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg
Jan. 22 in Spring Lake
Region: West Central

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

Region: Upper Peninsula


Live Music @ Royal Oak Public Library
Jan. 25 in Royal Oak
Region: Southeast


Genealogy Workshop
Jan. 25 in Wayland
Region: Southwest

Decoding the Mysteries of the Memoir
Jan. 27 in East Lansing
Region: Southeast


Great Michigan Read Author Events
Jan. 28-29 in Saginaw and Midland
Region: East Central

Meet the Author
Jan. 30 in Livonia
Region: Southeast

Visiting Writer Series
Feb. 3 in Sault Ste. Marie

Region: Upper Peninsula


Save the Date: Muslim Journeys Discussions
March and April in Pickford

Region: Upper Peninsula


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

Through May in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest

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