PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The leaders of the two federal cultural agencies are meeting with members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation and arts community.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Back in the mid-1700s, Benjamin Franklin spearheaded a lottery at Christ Church to help fund the construction of a steeple and supporting tower.
Belmont study will replicate acoustics of Music Row studios
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Belmont professor has received a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a study that seeks to digitally replicate the acoustics of historic...
Connecticut WWII-era newspapers offer view of black life
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A detailed account of African-American life in the Northeast during World War II, carefully preserved in the basement of the Connecticut State Library, has been uploaded for a new, modern readership.
2 IU scholars get $150K for Indiana history app, website
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Two Indiana University scholars have landed $150,000 in federal funding for a project to update and expand a phone app on Indiana history.
Jennifer Guiliano and Rebecca Shrum are associate professors of history at IUPUI. They'll use their funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project called "Discover Indiana II."
Cahokia Mounds society gets $100K grant for digital projects
COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The support group for the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site has been awarded a $100,000 grant for digital projects from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society announced the grant Wednesday. Officials will use it to develop a functional prototype of an augmented reality application available for smartphones and other applications and an educational website about Cahokia Mounds.
History app receives $81,000 from humanities organization
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded over $81,000 to Marshall University Research Corp. to upgrade a website and mobile app that provide information on nearby historical and cultural landmarks.
The program is called Clio after the ancient muse of history and is online at http://www.theclio.com .
Idaho Humanities Council awards $115,000 in grants
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Humanities Council has awarded more than $115,000 in grants to programs across the state, including the Salmon Arts Council and the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls.
Emily Dickinson Museum moving forward with renovation plans
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The project to restore the Emily Dickinson Museum and its grounds to their state in the mid-19th century when the poet lived there is expanding.
Amherst College, which owns the museum, says the renovations on The Homestead as the house is known, will be undertaken following the acquisition of a neighboring property that will be completed using a $300,000 National Endowment for the Humanities matching grant.
Teachers to get schooled on Southern Jewish history
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Southern Jewish history soon will no longer remain a discipline limited to a few institutions in the South.
Eudora Welty gets first marker on Mississippi writers trail
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail.
Now, with the dedication of a marker to the late author Eudora Welty, the state is starting a writers trail.
Gov. Phil Bryant and National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede dedicated the first marker Monday at Welty's home in Jackson. Some of Welty's relatives also took part in the ceremony.
Where are blacks, women? Living history museums rethink past
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience.
NC school gets grant for African-American Heritage Center
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — A historically black university in North Carolina has received a $350,000 grant to turn a 1920s-era school for African-American children into a center to tell the stories of those students and others educated at similar schools.
Elizabeth City State University officials say in a news release that National Endowment for the Humanities gave the grant to pay for the renovation of the Rosenwald School building and the Principal's House on the campus.
Arts and science medal ceremonies absent under Trump
NEW YORK (AP) — In February 2017, weeks into the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities was reviewing a list of nominees for the National Humanities Medals, one of the top honors for creative and scholarly achievement. The plan, as in previous years, was to submit names to the White House and await final approval.
But the NEH chairman at the time, William D. Adams, seemed skeptical.
On March 2, President Trump appointed Jon Parrish Peede chairman-elect of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The scholar of Southern literature was previously publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, and literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts. For the past year he's served as NEH senior deputy chairman. Peede must still be confirmed by the Senate.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ray Bradbury won over generations of readers to science fiction with "Fahrenheit 451" and other works during a writing career that spanned much of the 20th Century and produced a mountain of manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia.
That sprawling collection, much of which Bradbury's family donated after his death in 2012 at age 91, is now entering a long-running preservation project at its home on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.
GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Horticultural Society is getting more than $200,000 in federal grant money to protect fragile horticultural records housed at its botanic garden north of the city.
Congressman Brad Schneider — whose district includes Glencoe where the Chicago Botanic Garden is located — says the grant is coming from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
13 humanities grants in 4 Deep South states
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Delta Blues Museum is getting $460,000 to help add sound to exhibits about the history and influence of American blues and the music's Mississippi Delta connections.
It's among 199 grants totaling $18.6 million nationwide, announced Monday by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Thirteen, totaling $825,000, are in four Deep South states.
BOSTON (AP) — The history of the Congregational Church is the history of Colonial New England.
Before the birth of the nation and the separation of church and state, the plain Congregational churches that date to the time of the Pilgrims and are found in every community in the region chronicled just about every aspect of life.
Yet that history remains largely scattered and hidden, tucked away in damp, unexplored corners of church buildings from the coast to the mountains.
Earlham College gets funding to help preserve Egyptian mummy
RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An Egyptian mummy that's a star attraction at an eastern Indiana college's museum is closer to getting a climate-controlled chamber that will help preserve the ancient relic.
The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded Earlham College's Joseph Moore Museum more than $4,600 for design work on the temperature-controlled storage case.
Twist of Harvey fate brings ‘catalytic’ cultural funding to Houston
In a serendipitous twist of fortune caused by Harvey, Houston cultural institutions have landed preservation grants unavailable before the hurricane while the plight of a celebrated local painting has inspired a new federal funding opportunity.
UNLV has chance for library grant to document Latino history
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials say the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has a chance to get a $100,000 library grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to document Latino contributions to southern Nevada.
University special collections and archives chief Michelle Light says the goal is to trace Hispanic history in the region since Raphael Rivera found Las Vegas' original springs in 1829.
Cultural groups urged to seek grants amid budget uncertainty
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The head of the National Endowment for the Humanities is meeting with cultural groups, encouraging them to apply for federal grants even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks to eliminate the 52-year-old agency.
Acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede told cultural leaders in Rhode Island on Friday that the NEH is still awarding grants and "arts and humanities matter, period."
Grant aids Arizona project to digitize historic newspapers
PHOENIX (AP) — Federal funding is helping preserve and provide ready access to decades of Arizona history in the form of newspapers.
The state received a $279,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize approximately 100,000 pages of historic newspapers.
That material will be addition to approximately 380,000 pages of newspapers already digitized by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records since 2008.
University, other groups to update image of Vermont farmer
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — When people conjure up an image of a typical Vermont farmer, they most likely think of a middle-age white man on a dairy farm. But the state's farming community is now made up of a more diverse population farming more than just dairy cattle, and the University of Vermont and several partners plan to update that image.
Mine Wars Museum receives grant for anniversary project
MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum has received a $30,000 challenge grant for a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Blair Mountain in 2021.
The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the grant last week. The museum is located in Matewan.
McALLEN — When Sonia Hernández submitted a project proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) last December, she worried a federal entity might not fund a project that explores state-led violence on the Texas-Mexico border.
There was also the worry the NEH would no longer exist, after President Donald Trump proposed cutting its funding.
Scholars receive NEH grant for historical project on state-led violence on the border
When Sonia Hernández submitted a project proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) last December, she worried a federal entity might not fund a project that explores state-led violence on the Texas-Mexico border. There was also the worry the NEH would no longer exist, after President Donald Trump proposed cutting its funding.
Marshall University awarded grant for history app
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University is receiving a grant to enhance an app created by an associate history professor.
The funding will help further develop the Clio app created by David Trowbridge. The app provides GPS-guided information on historical and cultural landmarks in small towns and large cities across the United States.
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A nonprofit group that supports cultural organizations in Illinois plans to open an office in southwestern Illinois this week.
Chicago-based Illinois Humanities, which was founded in 1973, is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The group says it'll open an Edwardsville office at Lewis & Clark Community College's Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities.
Pocatello local writes novel, offers book reading and signing Monday, June 12
POCATELLO - Helen Keezer Burton, a former English teacher in School District #25, has completed her first novel, Shakespeare’s True Love. The novel is a fictional depiction of the courtship, marriage, and family life of William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway. The story follows the historical timeline of Shakespeare’s life. It portrays Shakespeare as a man who loved his family and was forced to work in London to support them. It sparkles with humor and is replete with direct quotations from Shakespeare’s works.
So many appalling threats to our democratic system are coming out of this administration, it is difficult to know where to put our efforts. Officials in the Trump camp seem to sense that if they keep throwing grenades, the public will give up from sheer fatigue and bewilderment. But, here’s one more to ponder — the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. While both have been saved temporarily in the budget just passed in order to keep the government running until September, the cuts are still in Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget, still to be acted on.
After scare, $1.1T spending bill would boost federal NEA, NEH funding
The bipartisan $1.1 trillion spending bill approved Thursday by Congress to keep the federal government open through September includes slight budget increases for both the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities, a signal that lawmakers could prove resistant to President Donald Trump’s contentious proposal to cut funding to the long-standing arts and cultural agencies.
NEW YORK (AP) — The new federal spending bill would spare — and even slightly increase — funding for three arts-related agencies that President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Robert Ekelund, Auburn University
Trump budget clouds Public Broadcasting Act’s 50th year
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal act that created public broadcasting is marking its 50th year, but if President Donald Trump has his way it could be a hollow celebration.
Trump's 2018 budget proposal makes him the second president to try to kill funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and the first to target the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities as well.
‘Bulletproof’: NEA will survive Trump’s proposed cuts, former lawmaker says
MISSOULA — President Donald Trump's budget blueprint, which proposes zeroing out all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, must have felt like a 1990s flashback to former U.S Rep. Pat Williams.
The Democrat, who served as Montana's sole House representative from 1979 to 1997, led efforts to fight NEA budget cuts twice during his tenure.
Museum directors decry feared cuts to national arts agencies
BOSTON (AP) — The heads of five Boston arts museums are pushing back against feared Trump administration cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The museums' directors say in an open letter that the agencies — and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — help foster knowledge of the arts, create cultural exchanges, generate jobs and tourism, and educate young people.
Ole Miss professor awarded humanities fellowship
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A history professor at the University of Mississippi will use a fellowship to complete a book about American miners.
Jarod Roll joined the Ole Miss faculty in 2014. He has received a yearlong fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and it begins in August.
A university news release says about 1,300 people applied for a fellowship, and 86 were selected.
Humanities chairman to celebrate Native American culture
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The head of the National Endowment for the Humanities is visiting New Mexico to celebrate and study Native American culture.
Chairman William Adams will be touring the School of Advanced Research's Indian Arts Research Center, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Institute of American Indian Arts while in Santa Fe.
The Vaquero: Event tomorrow focuses on Texas cowboy
SAN BENITO — Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center and The Greater Dallas Legal and Economic Development Foundation will present “Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.”
This is an exhibition created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Arab museum working to reflect recent wave of immigration
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — The Arab American National Museum is updating permanent exhibits to boost representation of immigrants and refugees from a broader range of countries.
The museum based in the heavily Arab Detroit suburb of Dearborn says it's making the changes with a $45,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The facility aims to document recent migration from places such as North Africa that aren't represented in exhibits and programming.