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Great Michigan Read Nearing Kickoff

Great Michigan Read: Author Events Begin

Fall means it's kickoff time! The Michigan Humanities Council will welcome Annie's Ghosts author Steve Luxenberg to Michigan for the first three public events in a series of statewide author discussions. Luxenberg will be in Pinckney and Lansing on Sept. 24, and in Portage on Sept. 30. All author tour events are open to the public with free or low-cost admission. For a full schedule of events with times and venues, click here. Remember that the Great Michigan Read is a statewide discussion group open to all nonprofit and for-profit organizations for participation. Learn more and register your organization today.



Mercantile Bank Giving Together ProgramMHC has been selected as a finalist for Mercantile Bank's Giving Together program. Mark your calendars and vote for MHC through Mercantile's Facebook App from Sept. 15-21. If we receive the most votes, we will win a $5,000 award to help offset the cost of providing free books and materials for our many Great Michigan Read partners throughout Kent, Ottawa, Clinton and Ingham counties. More details to come!


Quick Grants to Close October 1

Touring Grants Open Sept. 16

The Arts & Humanities Touring grants, provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and Michigan Humanities Council, will open on Sept. 16. At that time, nonprofit Michigan organizations can begin submitting grant requests to bring Touring performers, storytellers and cultural programming into their communities. All grant-funded events must be held between Oct. 10, 2013, and Aug. 17, 2014. Applications must be submitted through the online portal from the humanities council. Funds are available on first-come, first-serve basis. With questions, contact Gina Schreck at (517) 372-7770 or

Quick Grants to Close October 1

Quick Grants to Close Sept. 16

On Sept. 16, we will no longer accept applications for quick grants – which provide up to $500 toward public humanities programs or services. For organizations interested in benefitting from a quick grant, especially those planning programs as part of Great Michigan Read or Bridging Cultures, be sure to plan accordingly and get your applications in. For more information on quick grants, visit the grant page here. With direct questions, call the Michigan Humanities Council at (517) 372-7770 or contact Robbe DiPietro at

Poetry Out Loud
Photo courtesy Dave Trumpie

Poetry Out Loud Registration Continues

All Michigan high schools, including home schools, are invited to participate in Michigan's Poetry Out Loud competition. This national program uses poetry recitation to help students build self-confidence, master public speaking skills and learn about literary heritage. This program is free and includes free teacher resources. Each school will include poetry in their curriculum and ultimately name a school champion. That champion is invited to participate in the state competition – all travel expenses covered – with an opportunity to win a trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C. Schools must register before Nov. 15. Visit today for more information.

Smithsonian Exhibit Continue Statewide Tour

Smithsonian Exhibit Continues Statewide Tour

Journey Stories, a traveling Smithsonian exhibit that explores the history of transportation, travel and movement is currently on display at the North Berrien Historical Museum in southwest Michigan until Sept. 21. At that point, the exhibit will move to the southeast corner of the state and will be on display at the Historical Preservation Society of Dundee / Old Mill Museum from Sept. 30 – Nov. 15. Don't miss the opportunity to see this Smithsonian exhibit in your neighborhood! Visit the exhibit page for more details.

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Update your Mail-List Preferences

Do you have changes to your current mail-list preferences? Add a print mail option, remove digital or opt to receive both. To change your preferences or update an address, please fill out a new form here, or contact Kate Bartig at or (517) 372-7770. Our first print newsletter should hit mailboxes this December!


MHC Happenings (Click here for Statewide Events)


11th Annual Kerrytown BookFest

Sept. 8 in Ann Arbor
Region: Southeast


Annie's Ghosts and the Jewish Story
Sept. 21 in Lansing
Region: Southwest

Great Michigan Read Kickoff Event
Sept. 24 in Lansing
Region: Southeast


History of Eloise
Sept. 26 in Hamburg
Region: Southwest

Journey Stories Exhibit

Now through Sept. 21 in Coloma
Region: Southwest

Great Michigan Read Author's Tour
Sept. 30 in Portage
Region: Southwest

Turning Point: The War of 1812 from the
Native American Perspective

Now through May 2014 in Harbor Springs
Region: Northwest


Michigan Humanities Council

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