click here to view in browser. July 2013


Michigan Stories
MHC-Funded Documentary Wins Emmy

MHC-Funded Documentary Wins Emmy

"A Century in Stone," a documentary film on the Calcite Limestone Quarry in Rogers City produced by the Presque Isle County Library, has won an Emmy. Brian Belanger, who wrote and directed the film, won the award for Best Writer Program. The 30-minute documentary can be seen online here. As part of their funding, the library also created a landmark commemorating 100 years of operations at the Calcite quarry. The landmark will be dedicated on July 30 at Lakeside Park in Rogers City.

Journey Stories – Our Stories of Travel

Journey Stories Our Stories of Travel

July is the last month to see the Smithsonian Institution exhibition Journey Stories in northeastern Michigan. Stop by the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Great Lakes Maritime Center before July 26 for this family friendly exhibit exploring our immigration and migration stories. In addition to hosting the exhibit, the maritime center has locally planned programming, including two lectures by maritime historians in July. For more information on what the maritime center in Alpena is doing for Journey Stories, visit their program page.

Great Michigan Read Nearing Kickoff

Great Michigan Read Nearing Kickoff

The statewide book club is off to a great start registrations top 150 representing more than half of Michigan's 83 counties. Will you join us in discussing family secrets, mental illness, genealogy and immigration by reading Annie's Ghosts, written by Detroit native and Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg? Registration is available online and open to all nonprofit and for-profit Michigan organizations. Programs will kick off in September, including our first author visit on Sept. 24 in Lansing. A full schedule will be available shortly. For more information, visit the Great Michigan Read webpage.

Get Involved in Poetry Out Loud

Calling all high schools we will soon be accepting applications for the 2013-14 Poetry Out Loud program. This is a FREE, national poetry recitation competition for high school students that encourages them to learn about poetry through memorization and performance, while mastering public speaking skills, building self-confidence and learning about literary heritage. This program is open to all Michigan high schools and includes free materials. For more information, visit the Poetry Out Loud webpage.


Call for Applications Host Next Smithsonian Exhibit

We are currently accepting applications from rural Michigan libraries and museums to host the next Smithsonian tour of The Way We Worked. This exhibit explores the importance of work in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years. This is a family friendly exhibit, and all selected site hosts are expected to include a local exhibit on work history. For more information and to see the host application, visit the program page.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Great Michigan Read Registration
Open Statewide

The Way We Worked
Now through July 6 in Hart
Region: West Central

Madcat Midnight Blues Journey
July 8 in Onekama
Region: Northwest

Notable Author, Notable Book, Notably Library
July 24 in Saginaw
Region: East Central

Centennial Landmark Dedication
July 30 in Rogers City
Region: Northeast

Journey Stories Exhibit
Through July 26 in Alpena
Region: Northeast

Put it on Paper Exhibit
Now through August in Lansing
Region: Southeast

Michigan Humanities Council

2013, Michigan Humanities Council
119 Pere Marquette 3B
Lansing, MI 48912

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