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Michigan Stories
MHC Celebrates 40 Years

What are your MHC Memories?

This year the Michigan Humanities Council is celebrating its 40th birthday! In an effort to capture the stories that have kept us here today, we would like to hear from you – our friends, partners and longtime supporters. Do you have a memory of MHC that you would like to share? Whether it's a story about interaction in one of our many programs, receipt of a grant award, or connection with our staff, we want to hear from you! Please share your comments to Kate Bartig at or 517.372.7770. You may also post them to our Facebook –

Poetry Out Loud

Students prepare for Poetry Out Loud State Competition

On March 14 in East Lansing, 38 high school students from across Michigan will represent their schools in part of a national poetry recitation competition – Poetry Out Loud. From Calumet to Wyandotte, students have strengthened their literary connection through poetry and will take center stage in recitation for the chance to be named Michigan's Poetry Out Loud Champion. The competition, free and open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at East Lansing's Hannah Community Center on March 14. For an inside highlight of three student competitors, check out this front-page article from The Detroit News.

MHC Heads to Nation's Capitol for Advocacy Discussions

MHC Heads to Nation's Capital for Advocacy Discussions

From March 6-8, MHC will bring your appreciations for Michigan culture to those in Washington, D.C. for the annual Humanities on the Hill event. MHC Board Chair Pat Waring, Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair Brian Brunner, Executive Director Erik Nordberg and Development Director Amanda West will deliver information of MHC programs and impact across communities to our Michigan legislators in the U.S. House and Senate. Stay tuned next month for an update on these important discussions as we continue to create a broad understanding of the importance of humanities.

Deadline Reminder: Major Grants

Photo courtesy: Western Michigan University

Deadline Reminder: Major Grants

Time is running out for those Michigan nonprofits interested in applying for a Michigan Humanities Council Major Grant. All applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on March 12, and can be completed through the council's online grant system. A competitive grant process, the Major Grants fund up to $15,000 toward public humanities programming such as exhibits, lectures or discussions, festivals and more. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply early. With questions on a major grant proposal, please contact Robbe DiPietro at or 517.372.7770.

Annie's Ghost

Opportunities for Involvement in Great Michigan Read

Since the 2013-14 Great Michigan Read launched in September, our 300 partners have held events around the state to further the discussion of mental illness, immigration, family secrets and genealogy as discussed in this year's read, Annie's Ghosts. If you are interested in joining the discussion, there's still time to register your organization as a partner, or check our calendar of Great Michigan Read events to find one near you. The author tour with Annie's Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg will continue in April in Traverse City, and May in the Greater Detroit area.

Accepting Applications: Prime Time Family Reading Time

Accepting Applications: Prime Time Family Reading Time®

Michigan libraries interested in engaging families in reading and discussion nights should consider applying for participation in a Fall 2014 Prime Time Family Reading Time program. A program of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Prime Time provides a fun setting where parents and children can attend story time and then engage in literary conversation together. If interested, libraries must submit a letter of intent no later than May 1. With questions, please contact James Nelson at or 517.372.7770.


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the Native American Perspective
Through May in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest


Michigan Folksong Legacy: Grand Discoveries from the Great Depression
Through March 31 in Marquette
Region: Upper Peninsula


Muslim Journeys Discussion
March and April in Pickford

Region: Upper Peninsula

Great Michigan Read @ Grand Rapids Public Library

March 15 in Grand Rapids

Region: West Central


Who You Calling Crazy?

March 19 in Wyandotte

Region: Southeast

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