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JUNE 2011
Michigan Humanities Council Newsletter
Major Grant Awards Announced

Twice a year, the Michigan Humanities Council awards Major Grants to help fund cultural public programming for state nonprofits.

After much discussion, the Grant Review Committee and additional members of the Executive Committee for the Council approved grants with programs including archaeological digs, documentaries and exciting historical exhibits.
Major Grants Awards Announced


  Humanities Pic of the Month

HarronThis month we feature the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time® program at the Highland Township Public Library. Parents and children share discussion on a children’s book read aloud that night, featuring humanities themes.


Great Michigan Read

Great Michigan ReadThe 2011-12 Great Michigan Read is now underway with this year’s book choice, Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Detroit Native
Kevin Boyle.




The Way We Worked

The Way We Worked

The Michigan Humanities Council is proud to announce the selection of host sites for The Way We Worked, a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, for its 2012-13 tour.
The Way We Worked

Carolyn Drier
Community Anthology
For years the small, rural community of Three Oaks has been a draw for nearby Chicagoans looking to escape city living. Yet, each wave of newcomers brings change to the the town and highlighting differences between newcomers and longtime residents.
Community Anthology

Touring Directory
“The presenter had the children playing Native American instruments, participating in storytelling, chanting, and literally dancing in the aisles,” said Martha Fisher, a teacher at St. Mary School in Mt. Clemens, on a performance by Guy Louis and his Chautauqua Express.
Touring Directory

Poetry out loud
Poetry Out Loud
The Michigan Humanities Council would like to congratulate all the students across the nation who competed in Poetry Out Loud at the state and national levels. On April 28-29, 53 students represented their home states in Washington, D.C., in a competition for the title of National Poetry Out Loud Champion and a $20,000 scholarship.

Council Board Chair Tim Chester had an article published in Curator: The Museum Journal. The article, “The Persistence of Memory: A Mediation on the Absence of Curators in a Museum Exhibition Project” was included in the April 2011 issue of Curator, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp 191-206. Chester writes his personal response to the exhibit on the old Grand Rapids Museum entitled Michigan – Land of Riches, which saw nearly 8,000 visitors in its 30-day installation.

The following are corrections from the May 2011 Issue of MiStories:
  • In Happenings, the museum times were incorrectly listed for the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
  • In Noteworthy,” David Cope’s name was misspelled.

VOICES: The Extraordinary Women of Midland County
Now through October 29 at MCHS Doan History Center, 3417 W. Main Street, Midland.

Chevrolet: Yesterday and Today
Now through the spring of 2012 at The Buick Automotive Gallery, 303 Walnut Street in Flint

Stories from the Woods
June 1 through Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Iron County Historical Museum in Caspian.

Grosse Ile Islandfest 2011
June 3-5 at Grosse Ile Municipal Airport

Storyteller Performance and Unsolved Mysteries: The Shipwreck Thomas Hume
June 4 at 1 p.m., on lawn of Hackley and Hume Historic Site, 484 W. Webster in Muskegon

2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 Works by Charles McGee: Opening Reception
June 4 from 3-5 p.m. at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, Saginaw

IRS Update Series for Tax-Exempt Charitable Nonprofits
June 10, 9-11 a.m. at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield

Mackinaw Maritime Festival
June 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Mackinaw City

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off
June 11 from noon to 2 p.m. at Cromaine District Library Community Room in Hartland

1876 Village Celebration
June 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad in Flint

Film: Lily’s Detroit
June 11 and 12 at 1 p.m. at the Detroit Historical Museum

Friends Good Will: A Lake Michigan Cruise into the War of 1812

26th Annual Spring Lake Heritage Festival
June 14-18. Locations vary based on event.

Pine Mountain Music Festival
June 14-18 at locations throughout the Upper Peninsula

A Closer Look at Northern Michigan – Summer Workshop
June 16-18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Artcenter Traverse City


If you have an upcoming humanities event that you would like posted in the next “Happenings” section please send the details and contact information to
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Michigan Humanities Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 3B, Lansing, MI 48912
p: 517-372-7770 · f: 517-372-0027

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