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November 25, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

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2008 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prizes
"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Remembrance and Reconciliation"
"Nebraska's Changing Population"
"Backstory with the American History Guys"
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities receives NHPRC award
Ken Egan, Humanities Montana's new Executive Director
2008 Coming Up Taller awards
Chairman Bruce Cole receives a Presidential Citizens Award



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2008 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prizes

Congratulations to the winners of the 2008 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prizes awarded by the Federation of State Humanities Councils at the recent National Humanities Conference: the Maryland Humanities Council, the Nebraska Humanities Council, and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The Southern Humanities Media Fund received special recognition.

"Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Remembrance and Reconciliation"

 Phoebe Stein Davis (executive director), Thomas A. Crain (vice chair), Judi Moore Latta (secretary), Lydia R. Woods (initiative coordinator), and Barbara A. Hill (chair)
The Maryland Humanities Council accepts the Schwartz Prize (l-r): Phoebe Stein Davis (executive director), Thomas A. Crain (vice chair), Judi Moore Latta (secretary), Lydia R. Woods (initiative coordinator), and Barbara A. Hill (chair)

A Council-wide initiative about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Maryland Humanities Council a 2008 Schwartz Prize. Designed "to stimulate community dialogues that examine issues of race," this initiative asks Marylanders, "Where are we 40 years after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? ... Where are we as individuals? As neighbors? As communities?"

This award-winning initiative continues with the current program "Sitting Down to Take a Stand: Remembering Rosa Parks."

"Nebraska's Changing Population"

The Nebraska Humanities Council won a 2008 Schwartz Prize for its three-part initiative, "Nebraska's Changing Population." Begun in 2004, this initiative has dealt with issues of immigration and the movement of people from the countryside to the cities and suburbs. The current phase explores the state's aging population. The Council's website notes that, "The percentage of Nebraskans who are 65 or older is growing. In 2000, those 65 and older made up 13 percent of the population. Projections call for this number to increase to 21 percent of the population by 2030."

"Backstory with the American History Guys"

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities now has an award-winning radio show, Backstory with the American History Guys. Recipient of a 2008 Schwartz Prize, Backstory is a one-hour, weekly call-in radio program that places the present in the broad context of American history. Hosted by Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf, this week's episode is "American as Pumpkin Pie: A History of Thanksgiving."

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities receives NHPRC award

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) has award the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities $250,000 for a pilot project to prepare documents from the Founding Era for online and print publication. Read more >> 

Ken Egan, Humanities Montana's new Executive Director

Humanities Montana has announced that Ken Egan, a native Montanan and former member of the board of Humanities Montana, will become its Executive Director on February 1, 2009. Ken is currently Professor of English at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. From 1985 to 2002 he taught at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. He specializes in the literature of the West and is the author of Hope and Dread in Montana Literature (2003) and The Riven Home: Narrative Rivalry in the American Renaissance (1997).

2008 Coming Up Taller awards

The Alaska Native Heritage Center's High School After-School Program won a Coming Up Taller award. ANHC is a grantee of the Alaska Humanities Forum.
The Alaska Native Heritage Center's High School After-School Program won a Coming Up Taller award. ANHC is a grantee of the Alaska Humanities Forum.
First Lady Laura Bush presented the 2008 Coming Up Taller awards at the White House on November 14. Click here to see a list of the 2008 awardees.

“The study of the arts and humanities gives children the chance to be extraordinary and the power to be themselves. Today, we're honoring 19 terrific programs that help young people use their creativity and their talents to succeed,” Mrs. Bush said.

The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of young people, and provide them with new learning opportunities and a chance to contribute to their communities. The awards also highlight the contributions that historians, scholars, librarians, and visual and performing artists make to families and communities by mentoring children. Each program will receive $10,000 in honor of their accomplishments in enriching the lives of young people and their communities.

Read the full press release >>

Chairman Bruce Cole receives a Presidential Citizens Award

Chairman Cole received a surprise award from President Bush during the National Humanities Medal awards ceremony. His citation reads:

Bruce Cole has inspired Americans to have a deeper commitment to the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture. He used America's artworks and 21st century technology to make America's achievements, ideals, and stories more accessible to the people of our nation. The United States honors Bruce Cole for his work to strengthen our national memory and ensure that our country's heritage is passed on to future generations.”

Read Chairman Cole's remarks at the National Humanities Conference on the Federal/State Partnership website. He will leave the NEH at the end of the year to become President and CEO of the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.


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