The Storyteller’s Night Sky is the work of star lore historian Mary Stewart Adams, host of the weekly public radio segment of the same name, and who, as a global advocate for starry skies, led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world in 2011 at the Headlands, in her home state of Michigan. Mary has received numerous honors for her work advocating for dark skies through storytelling,* and travels extensively teaching a humanities-based approach to understanding the celestial world around us, and the cultural influence of astronomy through the ages.** You can follow along with her work here, tune in for weekly radio segments, catch up at one of her many speaking engagements, and even join in a night sky cruise along the great lakes.
*Mary Stewart Adams has received the following honors and awards for her pioneering work:
The Gary R Williams Award for Dark Sky Advocacy for 2006 and 2012 from the Outdoor Lighting Forum, Petoskey, MI
The Dark Sky Defender Award for Outreach and Education in 2012 from the International Dark Sky Association, Tucson, AZ
Mary was named Environmentalist of the Year in April 2012 by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council Traverse City, MI
She received the Innovative Programming Award for 2014 from the Michigan Parks and Recreations Association, Lansing, MI
The Scenic Michigan Heroes Award for 2015 from Scenic Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Under Mary’s auspices as Program Director, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Macinaw City received the following:
The Pure Michigan Pure Award for 2017 from the Michigan Travel Commission, Governor’s Campaign on Tourism, Lansing, MI
The first-ever awarded International Dark Sky Park of the Year Award in 2017 from the International Dark Sky Association, Tucson, AZ
Mary was also instrumental in the legislation (MI HB 5414) passed in July 2012 which protected 21,000 acres of state-owned land for its naturally dark skies. This legislation was amended in 2016 to increase total to 35,000 acres now protected.
**What is a humanities-based approach to the stars? To get the gist, follow this link to my “Arts Inspired by the Cosmos”.