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Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter

Major Grant Submission Deadline Sept. 15   Reader's Survey: Your Input Counts!
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Attention Michigan nonprofits: if you wish to apply for a major grant for this granting period, applications must be postmarked no later than Sept. 15. For more information, visit or call (517) 372-7770.   As an incentive, each person who returns a survey by Sept. 7 will receive a free copy of this year’s Great Michigan Read book, “Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age” by Kevin Boyle, as well as a reader’s guide. This gift is valued at more than $26. Click here to take the survey.


U.P. Project Unites Community Members through Family Panels

“The Story Line Project” “The Story Line Project” galvanized a large portion of the residentsof the Upper Peninsula: it started out as a smallish project to involve school kids in getting in touch with their ancestry.

Creator Mary Wright, of Hancock, has had a successful history of incubating public artworks – hundreds of blue and white chairs to celebrate the Finn Grand Fest in 2005, for example. When the Pine Mountain Music Festival of the Keweenaw Peninsula announced the premiere of the opera “Rockland,” set in Upper Michigan’s copper mining country and based on the famous workers’ strike of 1906, Wright imagined a project to accompany it and the story of the Finnish immigrants who furnished the labor in the mines.
Major Grants Awards Announced

Author Tour Finalized, Traveling Exhibit Applications Available Now

Great Michigan Read From Sault Ste. Marie, to Dearborn, and Muskegon, organizations across that state have signed on for the 2011-12 Great Michigan Read. With the list now topping 130, word of this free, statewide reading initiative from the Michigan Humanities Council continues to grow.
GMR Partner Feature: Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center


Humanities Pic of the Month

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library was proud to host the Equinox Celtic Band for a two-hour outdoor concert.

This month's picture comes from Western Michigan University's Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Open House event. Held Aug. 13-14 in Niles, this event provided the public with a rare chance to see a live archaeological dig. One of only two live digs in the state, families could explore the fort grounds and learn what student archaeologists have uncovered.

Ford house Exhibit Highlights Cultural Aspects of Fairy Tales
They are the stories we grew up with: “Cinderella,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Sleeping Beauty” and the like. Through an exhibit at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, families can re-visit childhood memories and share these stories with a new generation.
Grant Period opening soon for major, touring grants

Emmet County Odawa Warriors' Journey Exhibit Engages Children
Children welcome. That’s what Emmet County drove for in planning their new exhibit, The Odawa Warriors’ Journey, made possible in part by a Michigan Humanities Council major grant.On display until next August, the exhibit features numerous family-friendly components while showcasing the story of a band of Odawa Indians who traveled from northern Michigan to Pennsylvania in 1754 to fight in what would be the opening battle of the French and Indian War.
Touring Directory

It's no secret that the humanities are losing in countrywide funding cuts. Universities everywhere seem to be cutting back on their humanities programming as they expand science, technology, engineering and math course offerings. Though universities are trying to prepare graduates for the global, technology-driven economy, this trend is leaving humanities, and well-sought creative, language, communications, and problem-solving skills in the dust.
Project Profiles

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Congratulations go out to Hope College in Holland, one of only 40 sites nationwide selected to host a National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit. The exhibit highlights the creation and impact of the King James Bible in conjunction with the book’s 400th anniversary. For more details, see “Hope College named only Michigan stop for King James Bible exhibit” on

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