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November 2007


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Suite 603

 


November 20, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

native food

From Beyond Jamestown: Virginia Indians Yesterday & Today Teachers Guide. Photo by Robert Llewellyn © 2006

Taxing Maine

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles:
From the Barrios to the Big Leagues
Free Management Library

For your very own: Edie Manza's orientation slide show on NEH and Federal/State Partnership

Federal/State Partnership general liability insurance



the logon and password
for the Federal/State Partnership website:
"fedstate" & "partnership"

This website is a resource for executives, boards, and staff of
state humanities councils. Update your contact information or
join the Federal/State Partnership email list from the first page of the website.

Taxing Maine

David Greenham and Dennis A. Price perform TAXING MAINE
David Greenham and Dennis A. Price perform TAXING MAINE

Congratulations to the Maine Humanities Council for winning the Federation's annual Schwartz Prize for best council-conducted program, Taxing Maine. Through different historical characters, humor, little known facts, and thought-provoking stories, Taxing Maine explored what taxes mean for Maine communities, the state government, the Maine landscape, and Mainers' wallets.

Taxing Maine is a We the People project.

Mexican American Baseball in Los Angeles: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues

The California Council for the Humanities won the 2007 Schwartz Prize for best grant-supported project. Kudos.

This project and exhibit documented the history of Mexican American baseball in Los Angeles using a combination of oral histories, photographs and memorabilia. The project spanned from amateur teams of the 1940s to superstar big-league pitcher Fernando Valenzuela, who helped the Dodgers win the World Series in 1981. The project was a collaborative effort between the Baseball Reliquary, a small nonprofit dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the context of baseball, and California State University, Los Angeles.

Free Management Library

The Free Management Library, accessible through the resources section of the Federal/State Partnership website, is a vast online collection of all kinds of information pertaining to organizational leadership and management.

Councils frequently ask Federal/State Partnership for information about best practices carried out by successful organizations. The Free Management Library can be a key portal to getting this kind of information. If, for instance, you need to know more about whether your council should purchase directors and officers insurance (D&O), the Free Management Library has 16 pages of links for you to research.

If you know of good nonprofit resource links that do not appear in the resources section of the Federal/State Partnership website, please email the information to Kathleen Mitchell.

For your very own: Edie Manza's orientation slide show on NEH and Federal/State Partnership

At each Federation conference, Federal/State Partnership director Edie Manza presents a session orienting new board members and new executives to the work of the National Endowment for the Humanities and Federal/State Partnership.

The slide show that she presents is available on the Federal/State Partnership website. Please feel free to use it. It is uploaded in two parts: an introduction to the humanities, councils' official relationships, and NEH and Federal/State Partnership and the councils.

Federal/State Partnership general liability insurance

Federal/State Partnership provides each of the 56 state humanities councils three basic insurance policies. These policies are as follows:
  • $1 million general liability as well as $250,000 office contents.
  • $1 million for autos, vans, and trucks NOT own, leased, or rented by a council.
  • $5 million umbrella policy that enhances the coverage of the other policies.

The 2006-2007 policy includes endorsements covering employee dishonesty and terrorism. The policies are renewed annually on April 1. Each council receives a copy of the policies in early summer.

The Federal/State Partnership website includes more detailed explanation of what these policies cover. We recommend that each council review the policies it purchases to make sure that there is not duplicated coverage. See the note above for the login and password.


FEDERAL/STATE PARTNERSHIP
National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20506
202.606.8254, main number
202.606.8365, fax

Edie Manza, director
202.606.8257
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer
202.606.8302
Shirley Newman, program assistant
202.606.8254
Dwan Reece, senior program officer
202.606.8266

visit www.neh.gov to keep up with the
National Endowment for the Humanities