click here to view in browser. June 2013


Michigan Stories
Great Michigan Read

Show Support for Statewide Literary Discussion

In September we will launch a statewide literary discussion on family secrets, mental illness, immigration and genealogy by reading and discussing Annie’s Ghosts by Detroit native and Washington Post Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg. Thanks to our many donors, we are able to provide thousands of books, reader’s guides, teacher’s guides and bookmarks to hundreds of partners throughout the state. Will you support this statewide program? Make an easy, one-time donation today in support of the Great Michigan Read! Registration is now open for all nonprofits and for-profit organizations.

Photo credit Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary

Journey Stories Opens Tour in Alpena

The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition exploring the history of our travel and movement is now on display at Alpena’s Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center – the Great Lakes Maritime Center. Journey Stories is on display from June 1 – July 26 and is free to the public. Follow the link for a full story.


Photo credit: Madonna University

Quick, Planning Grants Open for Applications

Do you have a great humanities project in mind but need planning assistance, or have you planned a community event and need more support? We invite all Michigan nonprofits to explore our Quick and Planning grants. Now accepting applications, planning grants ($1,000) are used to assist organizations in project planning with intention of later submitting the project for consideration of major grant funds. Quick grants ($500) are used to support community events that fall outside the design and deadline schedule of the major grants program. Submit your application today!


The Way We Worked Now at Last Stop

The Way We Worked, a Smithsonian Institution exhibit that has been touring Michigan since September, is now on display at its last stop for the year. Make sure you visit the Hart Area Public Library in Oceana County before July 6 to see this family friendly exhibit exploring the history of work in American culture. The exhibit will return to Michigan in 2015 – if you are interested in being an exhibit host, please contact Gina Schreck at


Photo credit: American Library Association

MHC Adds Bridging Cultures Programs

Over the next two years, we are pleased to bring two new programs to Michigan as part of the National Endowment for Humanities’ Bridging Cultures initiative. Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys will be implemented in the fall of 2013 and spring 2014 through partnership with the Public Libraries of Saginaw and Pickford Community Library. Muslim Voices is made possible through a grant awarded to the New York Council for the Humanities – they have collaborated with the state humanities councils in Michigan, Minnesota and Oklahoma for programming. Muslim Voices will launch in Michigan in spring 2014 – two pilot sites will be selected.


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MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


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

Great Michigan Read Registration
Open Statewide

Journey Stories Exhibit
June 1 - July 26 in Alpena
Region: Northeast

Getting the Story Out
June 20 in Saginaw
Region: East Central

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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