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JUNE 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

If you have a humanities event for the calendar, please send the details and contact information to
A star denotes a program the Council helped fund through a grant.

VOICES: The Extraordinary Women of Midland County
Now through October 29 at MCHS Doan History Center, 3417 W. Main Street, Midland.
Visit this remarkable exhibit on the role women have played in the quality of life and development of a “typical Michigan city.” Exhibit is open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call the Midland Center for the Arts at (989) 631-9864.

Chevrolet: Yesterday and Today
Now through the spring of 2012 at The Buick Automotive Gallery, 303 Walnut Street in Flint
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
View Chevy’s past and get a glimpse into its future as you explore 100 years of Chevy. From milestones to marketing, legends to local connections, this exhibit will thrill the car aficionado and historian alike. For more information, visit the website.

Stories from the Woods
June 1 through Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian.
The theme of this exhibit is the storytelling traditions of the Upper Peninsula, starting with the original Native American inhabitants of the region, going right up through to the 20th century and the influence of all the different immigrant groups that came to the Upper Peninsula. For more information, call (906) 256-2617, or visit

Grosse Ile Islandfest 2011
June 3-5 at Grosse Ile Municipal Airport
Cost: Varies depending on event
Enjoy this three-day festival on the island of Grosse Ile, on the waters of lakes St. Clair and Erie. This festival offers music, fireworks, parades, a carnival and a historic tour of the island, among other events. This festival has something for everyone in the family and beautiful scenery to accompany it. For more information, including prices and event schedules, please call (734) 675-2364, or refer to the event flyer or website.

Storyteller Performance and Unsolved Mysteries:
The Shipwreck Thomas Hume

June 4 at 1 p.m., on lawn of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster in Muskegon
Cost is $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under. Admission includes a tour of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site during the month of June.
Don’t miss this exciting performance of The Past In Person storyteller, Michael Deren, as he portrays 1875 Great Lakes Schooner Captain Bill Thomas. The audience is invited to set sail for the Great Lakes through storytelling and song, while learning of the lumber, iron, copper and fishing industries of Michigan’s past. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at their stores. For more information, please call (231) 722-0278.

2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 Works by Charles McGee: Opening Reception
June 4 from 3-5 p.m. at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to meet artist Charles McGee at the opening reception for the new exhibit honoring his work. Reservations can be made by calling (989) 964-7082, or emailing The exhibit will remain open until Sept. 24. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

IRS Update Series for Tax-Exempt Charitable Nonprofits
June 10, 9-11 a.m. at Lawrence Technological University, Buell Management Building, Room M218 in Southfield
Cost: $25 per session, or $60 for the three-part series
Get the latest information on filing out IRS 990 forms at this informative session presented by the IRS, Exempt Organizations Division, and the Center for Nonprofit Management at Lawrence Technological University. Part two is July 21, Unrelated Business Income; part three is Sept. 23, Employment Taxes. Registration can be submitted online or as a walk-in. For questions, please call (248) 204-3095 or email

Mackinaw Maritime Festival
June 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Mackinaw City
Cost: Most events are free; some museums have an admission fee. Evening concert is $10
Mackinaw Maritime Festival is a one-day celebration of the rich maritime history of the Mackinaw City area. Events include a memorial of the sinking of the SS Cedarville, blessing of the fleet, panel discussion with survivors of the shipwreck, boat trips to the wreck site, and much more. For more information, visit

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off
June 11 from noon to 2 p.m. at Cromaine District Library Community Room, in Hartland
Bring the family in for music, games and ice cream at the Summer Reading Club kick-off with a special concert by Guy Louis. For more information, please visit or call (810) 632-5200.

1876 Village Celebration
June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint
Cost: Adults - $10, Seniors- $9, Children- $8
Step back into the 1870s as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Genesee County and the 100th anniversary of our United States. Stop by the Village’s T.N. North & Son Bank and withdraw two vintage “greenbacks,” which you may keep as souvenirs or use to purchase treasures from a Village street vendor.  Enjoy good old-fashion games and top off the festivities with cake and lemonade. For more information, call (810) 736-7100 or visit the event website.

Film: Lily’s Detroit
June 11 and 12 at 1 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum
Cost: Adults- $6, Seniors, students and youth- $4, Children under 4 are free
Winner of “The Audience Choice for Best Short Detroit Docs” at the International Film Festival in 2004. Settle in across from Lily Tomlin as she reminisces about growing up in Detroit. Running time is 29 minutes. For more information, visit

Friends Good Will: A Lake Michigan Cruise into the War of 1812
Registration is due by Friday, June 13. Space is limited.
Cost is $55/person for non-MCHE member, $45 for member (Michigan Council for History Education)
The Michigan Council for History Education (MCHE) has created an exciting Lake Michigan cruise on the “Friends Good Will,” combined with a morning program on the War of 1812 Naval History on the Great Lakes. Register online now for this unique experience. Registration must be turned in by June 13. For more information, call the Michigan Maritime Museum at (269) 637-8078.

26th Annual Spring Lake Heritage Festival
June 14-18. Locations vary based on event.
Costs may vary
Enjoy a week-long festival of events with the family, including a historical society walk, community picnic, flea market and car show. Participants may also attend a Civil War living history and cemetery walk, and learn about how residents from Spring Lake and all over Michigan fought in the Union army. For more information, visit, or call (616) 881-2882.  

Pine Mountain Music Festival
June 14-18 at locations throughout the Upper Peninsula.
Cost varies depending on performance selection.
The Pine Mountain Music Festival is a week-long chamber music series, including opera, held throughout the Upper Peninsula. Events will include organ and piano recitals, a string sextet, Finnish music selections, and end with a premiere performance of the opera, “Rockland.” For more information, including tickets and pricing, visit You may also call (906) 482-1542, or toll-free (888) 309-7861.

A Closer Look at Northern Michigan – Summer Workshop
June 16-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Artcenter Traverse City
Cost: $300
Get out of your artistic rut with help from award-winning artist Mike Hyrman as he addresses your painting while using Northern Michigan themes. This exciting class will help you work past the difficult moments in your painting. For more information on this class, and to read about other art workshops being offered, please contact Artcenter Traverse City at (231) 941-9488, or visit



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