Michigan Humanities Announces Host Sites for Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Exhibit: Spark! Places of Innovation

Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce the six host sites for the new Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Exhibit, Spark! Places of Innovation. Spark! Places of Innovation explores the unique combination of places, people, and circumstances that sparks innovation and invention in rural communities. Inspired by an exhibition at the National Museum of American History, this traveling exhibition features stories gathered from diverse communities across the nation.

Exhibit Dates and Locations

“It was very difficult to narrow down from 18 applications, but we are very excited to announce the six sites that will host Spark! in 2023-24. We know they’ll do a fabulous job housing the exhibit and creating complementary community programming,” said Jennifer Rupp, President & CEO of Michigan Humanities.

Please see the selected host sites, and dates they will house the exhibit below. For more information, please visit michiganhumanities.org.

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library May 20 to July 1, 2023
Three Rivers Public Library July 8 to August 19, 2023
Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan August 26 to October 7, 2023
Benzonia Public Library October 14 to November 25, 2023
Capac Library/St. Clair County Library System December 2, 2023 to January 13, 2024
Loutit District Library January 20 to March 3, 2024


Personalizing the Exhibit for Our Community

The staff and board members of the Loutit District Library are thrilled to have been selected to be a host site for Spark! Places of Innovation. “The exciting thing about this exhibit is that we will be able to highlight stories of innovation that took place right here in the Grand Haven area,” says Community Engagement Librarian, Chelsea McCoy. “For example, in our grant application, we were able to highlight the Musical Fountain which completely transformed the waterfront,” she shared. In the future, Loutit District Library will be looking for volunteer docents to assist with supporting this exhibit.

Black and white image of Grand Haven's musical fountain.

About Michigan Humanities

Michigan Humanities strives to bring people together through stories, histories, cultures, and conversations. In carrying out this mission, Michigan Humanities builds awareness and excitement for humanities in everyday life, achieves best practices and sustainability for all humanities programs and services in Michigan, and upholds the following key values: inclusion, diversity, and equity; discovery and understanding; authentic conversation; respectful collaboration; and meaningful experiences. Michigan Humanities’ vision is a more thoughtful, connected, engaged, and informed Michigan.