click here to view in browser. June 2014


Michigan Stories

Holocaust Memorial 2014

Hundreds Support Final Statewide Literary Events

Thank you! For the past nine months, you have held book club meetings, community discussions, film presentations and lectures all centering on this cycle's Great Michigan Read: Annie's Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg. In May, hundreds joined us across Metro Detroit for a final series of author events, creating an emotional end to this successful program. Thank you to all the partners and individuals who have helped make this another success! Stay tuned in early 2015 for the announcement of our next title.


If your organization/business is interested in continuing the discussion, please let us know – we have supplemental reading materials for distribution. For those unable to attend an author event, please visit William P. Faust Public Library of Westland's YouTube page for a video presentation.

Winners Named for Micro-Story-Writing Contest

Last month, Michigan Radio partnered with Great Michigan Read to host a micro-story-writing contest – 120 words on "Hidden branches of your family tree: Unexpected stories that changed the way you think of yourself or your family." After reading more than 150 entries, three winners were selected: The Cracked Mirror by Christopher Blaker, The Revelation by Mary Seelhorst, and Pen Pals by Jennifer Young. You can read and listen to their stories here. Congratulations to all our authors!

Courtesy Pickford Community Library

Courtesy Pickford Community Library

Opportunity Approaching: Muslim Voices Program

Nonprofits interested in new programming opportunities should keep their eyes open – next month we'll present the application for our next cycle of Muslim Voices. Muslim Voices is a reading and discussion program for children and teens that explores universal themes in American life through books with Muslim protagonists. This will be the second cycle in Michigan, in partnership with the New York Council for the Humanities and funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and we are seeking three sites. All costs to host this program are covered through a grant to the host sites. For more information, visit our Bridging Cultures program page, or contact Program Officer Judith Dworkin at or 517.372.7770.

MHC Executive Committee 2003

MHC Executive Committee, 2003

Calling Former Board Members

Are you a former Michigan Humanities Council Board Member? If so, we're looking to connect with you! In October we will host a meeting of current and former board members in celebration of our 40th anniversary and we would love to have you come and share your stories. Please contact our Development Director, Amanda West, at or 517.372.7770 to provide updated contact information for our files. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Social Media Giveaways

Like free stuff? We're celebrating our anniversary year by giving away one MHC 40th notebook each month on Facebook. We'll post a trivia/response question and all you have to do is comment with an answer to be entered in the drawing. Questions are posted at the end of each month so keep your eyes open! Not a Facebook fan of ours? Head over to to like our page today.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Michigan Notable Books Author Tour: Donald Lystra June 18 in Grand Haven
Region: West Central


Fizz, Boom, Read Starring Baffling Bill and Gus the Bunny
June 17 in Royal Oak

Region: Southeast

Spring Lecture Series
June 4 in Dowagiac
Region: Southeast

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