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The Michigan Humanities Council is always astounded at the number and quality of grant applications it receives from your communities. We wish we were able to fund them all but often deplete our funds before all the requests are met.

Please help us fund more libraries, historical centers, teachers and school programs by making a donation to the MHC today. Your generous gift will allow us to share Michigan’s unique cultures and traditions with more people – from Ironwood to Monroe, Sault Ste. Marie to Dowagiac, and everyone in between!


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Last Call: Smithsonian in Rogers City


Don’t forget to visit the Presque Isle County Historical Museum and see the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition The Way We Worked, which chronicles the story of our national workforce.


The museum has also presented a photo exhibit exploring the workforce of Presque Isle County. The exhibit will only be on display until Oct. 29 in Rogers City, so take a drive to see the fall colors and stop by the shore city.


Next, the exhibit will be on display in Dowagiac from Nov. 6 – Dec. 14 and still four more cities after that!

   The Way We Worked



Join us for a Touring Showcase!

Anshu Varma will be at the showcase displaying the art of Henna Tattoos. Credit: Christine Wedge/Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public LibraryOn Wednesday, Oct. 10 the Michigan Humanities Council invites you to its FREE 2012 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory Showcase PerformFest!

This all-day event will feature performances and exhibitions by members of Michigan’s 2012-15 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory, a joint project of the Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Saginaw Museum Displays
AP Collection of WWII Photos

While our fathers, brothers, sons and friends were fighting on the fronts during World War II, those back home relied on members of the press to report the latest wins and tragedies. The Associated Press, the world’s largest news service, had nearly 200 reporters and photographers risking their lives to deliver news back home. Now, you have the opportunity to see these wartime photographs and share the story of World War II with your family at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University.

Touring Directory Launches for 2012-15

Celebrating Michigan: State of the Book

Celebrating Michigan:
State of the Book

Our state is full of creative minds, and after years of a down economy and negative attention toward the auto industry, it’s about time we did something to celebrate Michigan’s literary strength.

On Oct. 6, Fiction Writers Review and the University of Michigan’s MFA program in Creative Writing will do just that through a day-long series of public events celebrating...

Register Now for 2012-13

Host Sites Announced for Making Sense of the American Civil War

Host Sites Announced for Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Michigan Humanities Council is pleased to announce the names of the Michigan organizations selected to host the 2012-13 discussion program Making Sense of the American Civil War.

Making Sense is a five-part scholar-led reading and discussion series that will focus on perspectives of the American Civil War and the varying experiences of ...

Application Call: 2013 Traveling Smithsonian Exhibit

Bring Poetry Out Loud to Your School

Bring Poetry Out Loud to Your School 

Do you want to see your students build their confidence, learn more about literary heritage and find their love for poetry?  Then Poetry Out Loud is for you!

Applications are rolling in. Don’t miss the Oct. 26 deadline to get your applications in to be part of this great program. Apply in advance to get the new 2012-13 teacher resource guide complete with posters, DVD, CD and anthology...

GVSU Gears Up for Annual Fall Arts Celebration



  • Site hosts needed for its 2013-14 traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition: Journey Stories...
  • Michigan Festivals & Events Association Convention...
  • Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys...
  • First annual Write Michigan Contest...
  • High school poetry contest at Michigan State University...



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