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September 27, 2014 to February 1, 2015

Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University 1917-1963

Exhibition and series of public programs exploring the history of the region between 1917 and 1963.

September 27, 2014

Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson

The gardens of three eminent American historical figures William Penn, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are the focus of this highly visual presentation. The element that binds them together is the Quaker gardening tradition.

September 26, 2014

Heart of the Drum: The Story of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Kansas

The Delaware Indian's history in Kansas is chronicled in this full-length documentary film.

September 25, 2014

David Thoreson: Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David tells adventure stories visually, stitching voyages together and along the way go into brief history, photography and landscape, trip planning, ice charts, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment contributing to loss of Arctic ice.

September 24, 2014

Healing African Dance

Through lecture, video and demonstration, audiences learn about different categories of African dance (e.g., social, folklore and ritual) that are performed in various contexts in African life from births, to naming ceremonies, to weddings, to death.

September 23, 2014

Do Not Toss Out Your Grandmother’s Letters; a spirited defense of epistolary voyeurism, or the merits of reading someone else’s mail.

Poet and author Emily Herring Wilson will discuss the art of letter-writing, with a focus on the letters of Elizabeth Lawrence, master garden writer and letter writer, as well as selected letters from other women writers.

September 21, 2014

George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring

The Culper Spy Ring was created on Long Island in 1778 by then-Dragoon Major Benjamin Tallmadge of Setauket, under Washington's leadership.

September 20, 2014

Buffalo Soldiers: Military Heroes of the Southwest

From Medal of Honor recipients to the common trooper, from Indian battles to battles with lawbreakers, learn how a small number of Black troopers made a difference in the lives of law-abiding citizens.

September 19, 2014

Your Florida Story, Made-to-Order

Your group's story is as important a piece of Florida history as that of any other.

September 18, 2014

Steeltowns, Coalfields and the Unbroken Circle

With guitar, banjo and harmonica accompaniment, audiences will be captivated while they learn about the history behind West Virginia's coal industry and about generations of workers in the steel, coal and glass industries of Pittsburgh.

September 15, 2014

Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War

Original, unpublished documents and correspondence from gifted Sandhills women provide unique and fascinating perspectives of the beginning, middle, and end of the Civil War period in North Carolina.

September 14, 2014

Art Deco New York: From the Chrysler Building to the Grand Concourse

In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city's chief architectural language.

September 14, 2014 to September 20, 2014

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Ken Burns’s seven-part, 14-hour documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American

September 13, 2014 to October 24, 2014

Journey Stories

Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America – and are a central element of our personal heritage.

September 12, 2014 to September 14, 2014

Living History The Final Invasion Plattsburgh, New York

The Bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have history come alive in an extraordinary way for teachers and the public.

September 11, 2014

Witness to the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Walter Ziffer will present "Witness to the Holocaust."  Using accounts from his own experiences, Ziffer will describe the treatment received by prisoners, liberation by the Soviet army, and beginning a new life after the war.

September 10, 2014

Kansas Women, Work, and the Civil War

Women assumed clerical positions in the U.S. government; turned their homes into cottage factories to make blankets, bandages, and uniforms; and even disguised themselves as men in order to serve as combat soldiers on the battlefield.

September 9, 2014

Frankenstein Lives! The Continuing Relevance of Mary Shelley's Novel

How could such an immortal work have been thought up by a sixteen year old girl in an era when women were not expected to write novels at all, let alone ones with such disturbing and provocative themes?

September 8, 2014

The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina: My Life As An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, the fact is many of the pioneers of this indigenous American art form were North Carolina born and bred.

September 6, 2014

An Artist in the World Wars

Henry Varnum Poor, a native of Chapman, Kansas, was already an accomplished artist when he was drafted to serve in World War I. His duties along the frontlines were dangerous, but he was able to document his surroundings and fellow soldiers in paintings, drawings, and prints.

September 6, 2014

Tom Milligan: Prairie Rebel

In this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids.

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams features forty finely detailed photographs that evoke a powerful sense of what it must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape.

September 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014

The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution

This exhibition seeks to explain the immense importance of a document that holds answers to challenging questions of government and features twelve panels charting the progress of former colonies to a united nation.

August 29, 2014

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Documentary on the life and work of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange

August 28, 2014

Traditional and Historical Songs of New York State

Dave Ruch presents and tells the stories behind the songs of real New Yorkers from days gone by - farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, Native Americans, canallers, hops pickers, lake sailors, and more - music from the people who settled and built our state.

August 24, 2014

Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Territory 1630-1725

The program describes some of the early survey techniques and cartography and is illustrated with the maps of the period.

August 23, 2014

I Can't Die But Once - Harriet Tubman's Civil War

The US Government enlisted Tubman as a scout and spy for the Union cause and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War, but Tubman is best known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

August 21, 2014

Time Travel in Popular Culture

Learn how the depiction of time travel has changed in literature and film and discuss the reasons for its continuing popular appeal.

August 20, 2014

Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them

Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times.

August 17, 2014

That Reminds Me of a Story

Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity.

August 17, 2014

Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks

Drawing on visual images like paintings, illustrations and photography, promotional materials, explorers' accounts, this lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, and more.

August 16, 2014

Matilda Joslyn Gage: Bringing Her Into History

Matilda Joslyn Gage offered her Fayetteville, New York home as a station on the Underground Railroad, was adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation, edited a newspaper, encouraged her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, to write his Oz stories, and worked for the separation of church and state.

August 16, 2014

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub.

August 15, 2014

The Courage to Continue: Changing Homesteads in Nebraska

Cherrie Beam-Clarke, in period attire with Irish brogue, depicts Nebraska life on the prairie, 1870 to 1885. The pioneer stories are factual and reflect the diversity of the people and land from western to eastern Nebraska.

August 15, 2014

A Sense of Place: Vermont's Farm Legacy

 In Vermont the cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters, and it is these distinctive traditions, which have persisted even with the decline in farm numbers, that help make the state unique.

August 15, 2014

The Roaring '20s in Fox Trot Tempo

Perhaps more than any other decade, the history of the 1920s is captured in the popular music of the day.

August 14, 2014

Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey

Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations.

August 11, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children.

August 9, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education.

August 9, 2014

The History of Trick Roping and the Wild West Show

South of the border in Old Mexico, the charros created rope spinning -making intricate flower designs with ropes. When Vincente Otopeza introduced this trick roping tradition to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1894, he gave American cowboys a different perspective on trick and fancy roping.

August 8, 2014

Dust Covered Dreams

Dust Covered Dreams details the experiences of the Eymann family in Oakdale, Nebraska during the 1930s.  Dust covered the dreams of the Eymanns and changed their futures as it did for thousands of Nebraska families.

August 5, 2014

Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire

In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents.

August 4, 2014 to August 29, 2014

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years.

August 2, 2014

Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings

Sometime in 1822 Harriet Hemings (the second of Sally Hemings' children) left Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, boarded a stagecoach to Philadelphia and all but disappeared.

August 2, 2014

Ukrainian Immigration to the Anthracite Coal Region of NE Pennsylvania

 Audiences learn the reasons for this first major wave of Ukrainian immigration and explore the cultural legacy of the early immigrants.

August 1, 2014

A Monument in Stone and Steel

In 1883, a stone and steel work of art opened to the public, allowing rapid transportation between Brooklyn and New York.

August 1, 2014 to August 29, 2014

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

August 1, 2014 to September 1, 2014

Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas

Discover how dugout canoes have affected life and travel throughout the Americas and explore the world's largest archaeological find - 101 ancient dugouts at Newnans Lake.

July 29, 2014

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have made up that unique August experience.

July 23, 2014

Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

This illustrated lecture by Anthony W. Robins brings the Grand Central Terminal to life - its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

July 20, 2014

Recent Unpleasantness or the Uncivil War

Iowa's place in the events before the civil -- excerpts used from soldiers' letters home.

July 20, 2014

Cornucopia Oral History DVD-Premiere

This film features interviews with community elders sharing the story of logging, farming, and fishing during the early years of settlement.

July 20, 2014

Cornucopia Oral History DVD-Premiere

This film features interviews with community elders sharing the story of logging, farming, and fishing during the early years of settlement.

July 19, 2014

Art in Food and Food in Art

A lusciously illustrated slide-talk on food and drink seen in the 17th century Dutch Masters and their relevance to the American kitchen today.

July 19, 2014

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

 Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub.

July 17, 2014

The Work of Rural Kansas Children

From gathering firewood and hunting game to tending stock and weeding gardens, children's activities were crucial to families' survival on Kansas homesteads, farms, and ranches.

July 16, 2014

Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks

This illustrated lecture explores boatshops, liveries, and a way of life and leisure that has all but vanished.

July 13, 2014

Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song

By looking at the popular songs of the past -- the ballads, love songs, suffrage anthems, work songs and dance tunes -- we can trace the perceptions and realities of women's lives.

July 12, 2014

Pennsylvania German Music, Dance and Instruments

Through dance, songs and stories, audiences explore the traditions of Pennsylvania German music and dance.

July 12, 2014

Iowa History in a Cloth Bag

Flour sacks, feed sacks and seed sacks will tell the story from relief work by Herbert Hoover to clothes and quilts in the 1950’s.

July 10, 2014

Made in the USA: The Music of Aaron Copland

Copland was our first composer to achieve international fame.

July 10, 2014

On Being with Krista Tippett: W.E.B. Du Bois

Krista Tippett's national public radio program On Being examines the teachings and legacy of African-American nationalist and NAACP founder, W.E.B.

July 9, 2014

The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Young Ike worked various jobs, from selling vegetables and his mother's hot tamales door-to-door, to laboring as a farmhand and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery.  He managed these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities.

July 8, 2014

On the Waterfront and the Hollywood Blacklist

This illustrated lecture will examine the climate in America that led to HUAC's ascent to power and will offer examples of the kinds of films that HUAC felt were subtle communist propaganda.

July 8, 2014

Community Conversation for Kids

This conversation invites children and families to discuss the value of friendship and the ways in which cooperation can help us persevere in the face of daunting odds.

July 8, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack

This exhibition that uses art, photography, and oral histories to explore the daily life of those who work in the stable areas of New York's thoroughbred racetracks.

July 7, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal—and peculiar—events in Utah's history.

July 1, 2014

Tom Milligan: The Not So Quiet Librarian

Forrest Spaulding wrote the Library Bill of Rights, which was adopted by the American Library Council in 1938, and in Spaulding's own words "means as much today as it did yesterday and will tomorrow."

June 29, 2014

Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast

Musical program highlights the struggles and disasters of coal miners in northeast Pennsylvania.

June 29, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel

This presentation will map the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and show how 19th century pioneers overcame natural hindrances to create a work of art, "The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World."

June 28, 2014

Homemade Music in Pennsylvania

Long before we learned how to download music from the Internet, people in Pennsylvania knew how to make music out of whatever raw materials were available.

June 27, 2014

Legislation Impossible: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, BackStory Radio looks at how it became law. 

June 26, 2014

Banjos, Bones, and Ballads

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past.

June 25, 2014 to June 29, 2014

Nebraska Chautaqua: Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America --Scottsbluff

Nebraska Chautauqua on homesteading, migration and displacement on the Great Plains

June 24, 2014

New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline

Much of rural New Hampshire in the late 19th century was locked in a downward spiral of population decline, abandonment of farms, reversion of cleared land to forest and widespread feelings of melancholy and loss. The development of the Grange movement in the 1880s and 1890s was aided greatly by hunger for social interaction, entertainment and mutual support.

June 24, 2014

Freedom Summer

Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

June 21, 2014

George Drouillard: Hunter/Sign Talker for Lewis and Clark

Half French and half Shawnee Indian, this expert hunter, Indian sign talker and wilderness woodsman was called upon by the two captains whenever they needed a nearly impossible task to be completed.

June 20, 2014 to September 21, 2014

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898

The first major exhibition in the United States to explore the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century.

June 20, 2014

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

The life and legacy of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life

June 20, 2014

America, Inc.: A History of Corporations

BackStory radio examines the history of America corporations

June 19, 2014

One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail

Folksinger and storyteller Hank Cramer will share traditional folksongs and culture of the Pacific Northwest's Orgeon Trail.

June 19, 2014

Author! Author! Literary Series: Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006.

June 18, 2014

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.

June 18, 2014 to June 22, 2014

Nebraska Chautauqua: Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America -- Norfolk

Nebraska Chautauqua on homesteading, migration and displacement on the Great Plains

June 17, 2014

The Shaker Legacy

Darryl Thompson shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

June 17, 2014

Freedom Riders

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society.

June 16, 2014

The Connecticut: New England's Great River

Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks.

June 16, 2014

Freedom Summer discussion at the Newseum in Washington, DC

A conversation with civil rights leaders and the director of a new NEH-funded documentary on the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign to register black voters in Mississippi

June 14, 2014 to September 7, 2014

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Retrospective of Jazz Age artist Archibald Motley's scenes of life in the African-American community

June 14, 2014

Civil War in Missouri: A State Divided

Missouri’s status as a border state forced many of its citizens to make difficult decisions and choose sides in a complex situation that resulted in a bitter, divisive, brutal, and psychological war within a war.

June 12, 2014

Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850

The northern frontier of New England was a risky place during the Colonial Period.

June 11, 2014

Bones Beneath Our Feet: The Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855-56

A story of extremes: great courage, cultural misunderstanding, interracial love, heroism and cruelty.

June 10, 2014

Treading Lightly or Stomping

Overview of mankind’s impact on the earth, using songs, poems, and stories with environmental themes.

June 9, 2014 to February 1, 2015

Earthquakes, Chukars and Millionaires: The Mackay Mines Story

The exhibit celebrates Nevada's sesquicentennial, and it will be interactive and encourage visitor participation; for example, visitors will see and have an opportunity to attempt a 1920s geology exam.

June 8, 2014

Nebraska Archaeology: 10,000 B.C.E. to Circa 1800 C.E.

This program discusses the lengthy human occupation prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans in Nebraska.

June 7, 2014

Hidden Treasures in Washington's Museums

There are surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view.

June 7, 2014

2014 Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

The 10th Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival is designed to bring focus and attention to the endangered Gullah Geechee peoples history, culture, music, language and art form.

June 6, 2014

The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism and What It Means for You

Is the role of journalism to provide stories that we want to hear or news that we need to hear?

June 5, 2014

Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-1945

The Conquerors reveals how Franklin Roosevelt's and Truman's private struggles with their aides and Churchill and Stalin affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.

June 4, 2014

Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture

This conversation, led by technology expert Alex Alben, explores how digital inventions are shaping communication, political discourse and today’s media landscape.

June 1, 2014

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

Although their role will probably always be less celebrated than wars, marches, riots or stormy political campaigns, it is books that have at times most powerfully influenced social change in American life.

May 31, 2014

St Augustine: America's Most Paintable City

James Zacharias, Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History at Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, returns with a unique program highlighting the history of St. Augustine through the art of America's greatest painters who wintered there from 1876 to 1950.

May 30, 2014

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery.  Oklahoma Humanities Council's Reading and Discussion Group presented by Sara Jane Richter.

May 29, 2014

"Reflections West"

Reflections West's aim is simple: to circulate—as widely as possible—wonderful passages of literature and history of the West in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way.

May 27, 2014

Urban Indians: Native American Writers of the 1990s - "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie

From the TALK series, Urban Indians: Native American Writers of the 1990s. Discussion Leader: Gene Chavez.

May 26, 2014

Gray County Korean War Veterans Oral History Project

Public event to share the results of a yearlong oral history project to collect, preserve, and share the stories of Gray County's Korean War veterans.

May 26, 2014

Death and the Civil War

Drawing heavily on This Republic of Suffering, historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust’s acclaimed book, Death and the Civil War explores a critical but largely

May 24, 2014 to July 20, 2014

Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories – Casper

Journey Stories explore how travel has shaped the U.S. both culturally and economically.

May 21, 2014

Stories, Songs and Sodbusters

The presentation features homesteader’s songs of hope and then disappointment as they traveled to the “Great American Desert.”

May 20, 2014

Swept by Ocean Breezes: A History of Coney Island

 In an age that was limited by finances and in its mobility, summer at Coney Island became a utopia, only diminished by modern inventions and a more worldly view.

May 19, 2014

Where Comedy Went to School

This lecture takes listeners on an informative, hilarious journey east of Eden, west of the Moon, and 100 miles north of New York City, where a generation of Jewish comedians honed their craft in the resorts of the Catskill Mountains.

May 18, 2014

Mozart's 'Vesperae Solennes de Confessore' and Schubert's 'Mass in A flat Major'

The Philadelphia Singers has been the mid-Atlantic region's premier chorus for over forty years, garnering national acclaim for artistic excellence.

May 17, 2014

Capitán Rafael Chacón

Capitán Rafael Chacón was witness to the most significant events in the formation of modern New Mexico, from the US invasion of 1846 to statehood in 1912.

May 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014

2014 South Carolina Book Festival

 The South Carolina Book Festival is South Carolina’s premier literary event.

May 15, 2014

Mapping Latino Musical Migrations

There are stories that run deeper than catchy lyrics might suggest. The instruments, the language, the style – even a song’s structure can show us how ideas and experiences are traded between diverse communities.

May 14, 2014

All Over This Land: American Regional Folk Music

Though society is becoming increasingly homogeneous, regional expressive variation still exists and reflects the strength of our cultural differences.

May 13, 2014

An Evening to Remember: With Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

As a child in Nazi Germany, Martin Lowenberg was deported to five different concentration camps and lost 28 family members, including his parents and siblings.

May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

The War & Society Roundtable is a joint initiative of University of Southern Mississippi and the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.    Each meeting focuses on a different book related to the history of war and society, which are made available to participants through the Library.

May 13, 2014

Women's Voices - Women's Lives in Yiddish Song

Program includes cradle songs that sing of social justice, songs of love and courtship, songs of bitter poverty, songs of triumph in the face of oppression and songs envisioning lasting peace.

May 13, 2014

Now What? – A Conversation on Equality and Education

This is the first installment of Now What? a five-part series of off-the-cuff conversations with some of the country's most interesting thinkers talking about today's front-page issues.

May 12, 2014

New Books, New Readers - Choosing Freedom

 New Books, New Readers is a humanities-based book discussion for adults who are new readers or who are working to improve their reading.

May 11, 2014

The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women's Rights

Imagine that women had the right to choose all political representatives, and to remove from office anyone who didn't address the wishes and needs of the people.

May 10, 2014

Finding the Middle Way: A Story of the Hmong People in Portage County, 1980-present

Portage County Cultural Festival.

May 10, 2014

Created Equal: Walking Tour of Boston Black Heritage Trail

Focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice.

May 9, 2014 to August 17, 2014

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

The story of how African, European, and indigenous cultural traditions have interacted over a period of more than 500 years to form the distinctive culture of this fascinating area of the largest country in South America.

May 9, 2014

Shadows and Sounds: Memories from a Forgotten Neighborhood

Visitors are invited to delve into the history of the former West Elmwood neighborhood and current Huntington Industrial Park through an immersive sound installation. Organized activities will take place every half-hour, including a hands-on science demonstration, storytelling and a scavenger hunt.

May 8, 2014

Art of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has been a mecca for visual artists who have found much to appreciate in its natural and scenic beauty.

May 6, 2014

Now, That's Rural: Entrepreneurs and Innovators Who Shaped Kansas Communities

This presentation highlights real-world examples of rural entrepreneurs who have built businesses and created jobs and opportunities, changing the way Kansans work

May 6, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle East and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region.

May 5, 2014 to May 30, 2014

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back.

May 5, 2014

"Where Have You Gone Joe Dimaggio," Jackie Robinson, and Hank Greenberg: Ethnic Heroes in Baseball's Melting Pot

As a means of illuminating America's racial and ethnic past, this lecture examines and compares an iconic baseball triumvirate: Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and Hank Greenberg.

May 4, 2014

Rethinking the Puerto Rican Riots of 1974

Exhibit explores the series of disturbances and confrontations that took place between Newark’s Puerto Rican community and city police in 1974.

May 3, 2014

Take Shelter: Flint Hills Native Stone Subterranean Structures

A discussion about the historical context and rare beauty of native stone arched-roof cellars.

May 2, 2014

Gilded Age Psyches: An Epic of Victorians Run Wild

Drawing on original research, on-site photos and his Internet trilogy, Dr. Robert Spiegelman presents a multimedia tour-de-force of America's first Gilded Age that brims with present-day lessons.

May 1, 2014 to May 29, 2014

Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition narrates the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation, and the consequences of that vote.

April 28, 2014

Exploring Celtic Culture

 Experience traditional Irish music and step dance.

April 27, 2014

Buffalo Bill's Nebraska

Author Jeff Barnes tells the story of Cody in Nebraska, from his days as an Indian scout, as a hunting guide to the rich and famous, as the creator of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” and his enduring legacy in the state, nation, and world today.

April 26, 2014 to August 17, 2014

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation.

April 26, 2014

Sam Jones: Patriot of the Seminole Wars

New regional demographics, insightful cultural data and analysis answer questions long posed in this uniquely successful resistance movement orchestrated by one determined patriot against colonialism.

April 25, 2014 to April 26, 2014

Besa: The Promise

Never-before-told story of Albania – a small European country which opened its borders to shelter Jewish refugees, even as it endured a brutal Nazi occupation.

April 22, 2014

Father Edward J. Flanigan of Boys Town, Nebraska

The presentation will explore Father Flanagan’s views on racial and religious equality, and how they differed from accepted social norms of early 20th century America.

April 18, 2014

Babe Ruth: A Chautauqua performance by Frank Mullen Jr.

 The City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs presents Babe Ruth, whose power hitting built modern baseball.

April 18, 2014

This Week on BackStory - The Departed: Extinction in America

In this Earth Day episode of BackStory, our hosts explore how Americans have grappled with the idea of extinction over time, and what the loss of native species has meant for our ecosystems and everyday lives.

April 17, 2014

Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation

Charles Ball was a third-generation slave from Calvert County, Maryland who, after being sold to a trader in the deep South, escaped back to his home state.  Upon his return to Maryland, he acted as a free man and fought in the War of 1812 on behalf of the United States in Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla.

April 17, 2014

A Banjo Pickin' Girl

Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002) was a strongly self-reliant housewife, mother and figure of the women's movement.  Reed grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, where she learned traditional music and an old banjo style from her elders. During the Depression her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she later began her career.

April 17, 2014 to April 19, 2014

12th Annual Southern Miss Powwow

The annual powwow brings together southeastern Native communities with local and university communities to experience a contemporary Native gathering, learn about Native traditions and gain better understanding of Mississippi's diverse cultures.

April 16, 2014

Campaign Songs of the 19th Century

The political campaigns of the past were fueled by song. Tunes like "Jefferson and Liberty," "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," "Grover's Veto," and "You're All Right, Teddy" were sung with great gusto from porches and taverns across the land. They livened up street corners and torchlight parades. This program casts a unique look at how we got to know the candidates for political office in the days before mass media.

April 15, 2014

The American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State

The American Arts and Crafts Movement, or "mission," gained popularity as a decorative style beginning in 1900, and by 1920 had gone out of style. Arts and Crafts, however, was more than simply a decorative style: it was also a philosophy, an ethos, a way of living, and significantly, an enormous business.

April 14, 2014

Clara Barton: Red Cross Angel, a Living History Presentation

Civil War heroine Clara Barton overcame both personal obstacles and society's narrow view of women's roles to pursue her heart's work: battlefield nursing.

April 13, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.

April 12, 2014

‘Lilley Cornett: A Voice for the Forest.’

Kentucky Chautauqua performers travel throughout the state delivering to community organizations their historically accurate dramatizations of Kentuckians who made a difference.

April 11, 2014

Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida: Portals into Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place

Bill Belleville gives a compelling presentation on identifying our natural landscapes in Florida.  A Florida-based author and documentary filmmaker specializing in nature, conservation, and "sense of place."

April 10, 2014

Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas.

April 9, 2014

"To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now"

Shakespeare's work isn't recited, but performed by professional actor, stunt-person, improv artist and educator.

April 8, 2014

Walt Whitman and The Civil War: A Test of Poetry/A Vision of Democracy

Revisit and rediscover, through the language of Walt Whitman, “the real war [that] would never get in books.”

April 8, 2014

A Century of Fashion, 1870 - 1970

Teaching groups about the history of fashion from 1840 through 1980.

April 8, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

Discover the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness.

April 7, 2014

Pennsylvania German Music, Dance and Instruments

Through dance, songs and stories, audiences explore the traditions of Pennsylvania German music and dance.

April 5, 2014

Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture

Those of us born before 1980 increasingly cannot recognize the world around us. Our rapid adoption of computers, the Internet and mobile devices has transformed the way we communicate.

April 5, 2014

Footsteps to Freedom: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights

This chautauqua program explores the history of the civil rights movement through the lives of two powerful women: Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King.

April 4, 2014

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Exhibition tracing the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career.

April 3, 2014

St. Augustine's Unseen Heritage: The Archaeology of Early Colonial Life in America's Oldest European Community

 St. Augustine's archaeological heritage is unparalleled in the quantity and diversity of remains buried beneath its buildings, streets and backyards.

April 2, 2014

"Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"

Among the marks left on our nation by the Great Depression of the “Dirty Thirties” was a kind of “gallows humor,” a sense that we could keep from crying if we could just keep laughing.

April 1, 2014 to April 30, 2014

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl.  In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude and despair in the face of calamity.

April 1, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East Book Club: I Shall Not Hate

The book club series explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle east and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region

April 1, 2014 to May 1, 2014

Anne Frank - A History for Today

The story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War.

March 29, 2014

"Imagining War": Making Sense of the American Civil War

“Imaging War”: Harpers Weekly and the work of war correspondent sketch artists will be discussed by Monocacy National Battlefield ranger Tracy Evans.

March 29, 2014

Music of the Civil War Era

Join Dr. David Hildebrand for a musical survey full of familiar tunes with the fascinating stories behind them -- from John Brown's Harper's Ferry raid to "The Bonnie White Flag." Appearing in period costume, Dr. Hildebrand will perform musical selections of the time accompanied by guitar, banjo, flute and voice.

March 29, 2014

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities 2014 Humanist of the Year: Walter Isaacson

Each year, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) honors Louisianians who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities.

March 26, 2014 to March 28, 2014

21st Oxford Conference for the Book

The annual conference, which convenes fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, students and literacy advocates for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops and social events celebrating the written word, takes place on the University of Mississippi campus and at various off-campus venues in Oxford, MS.

March 24, 2014 to April 18, 2014

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest

The traveling exhibition spans the mapmaking enterprise, beginning with the earliest known map to show the Texas edge of the Gulf (1512) and ending with an 1873 map of Texas showing the right of way granted to railroads.

March 23, 2014

BESA: The Promise

BESA: The Promise is the never-before-told story of Albania – a small European country which opened its borders to shelter Jewish refugees, even as it endured a brutal Nazi occupation.

March 22, 2014

An Immigrant's Struggles: The Diary of Irish American Mim Walsh

This illustrated presentation will introduce audiences to the lively “voice” of diarist Mim Walsh.

March 22, 2014 to May 4, 2014

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America (Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition)

Each weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans participate in some sport, on some level. We win and we lose, and we yearn to play another day. And if we’re not playing, we’re watching: in the stands, on the fields with our sons and daughters, or in our living rooms with friends in front of a television.

March 19, 2014

"Voices of the Indiantown"

Documentary film which tells the history of the African American families who sharecropped in Dorchester County, Maryland.

March 19, 2014 to March 21, 2014

AMERICAN CIVIL WARS - The Entangled Histories of the United States, Latin America, and Europe in the 1860s

This conference will bring together leading specialists of various areas to reinterpret the quintessentially American conflict between North and South as part of an international web of war, imperialism, revolution, and emancipation that enveloped the Atlantic world in the 1860s.

March 15, 2014

Exploring the life and the legacy of Emilie Blackmore Stapp (1876-1962)

An American children's author and philanthropist whose writing career spanned more than 50 years.

March 14, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal and peculiar events in Utah.

March 13, 2014

America's Nine First Ladies From New York State

Of America's 46 First Ladies, nine were born in New York State. This illustrated lecture explores the lives and legacies of these women, each with a different, fascinating tale to tell.

March 13, 2014

Japanese Film Festival: "The Tokyo Story" and the Japanese Aesthetic of Simplicity

The Tokyo Story will be screened, and scholar Dr. David Larson will speak about "The Japanese Aesthetic of Simplicity."

March 12, 2014

Created Equal: The Abolitionists & Slavery by Another Name

The Abolitionists brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery.

March 11, 2014

Battle of Antietam and Clara Barton

A discussion of the work Clara Barton performed on the Antietam Battlefield.

March 7, 2014 to April 23, 2014

Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert

Covering over 140,000 square miles, the Chihuahuan Desert is considered the largest in North America.

March 6, 2014

Common Threads: Adirondack Quilts Tell Their Stories

These patchwork quilts record the hardships of life in the Adirondacks among close-knit families and communities, as well as the influence of a wild natural beauty.

March 5, 2014 to May 26, 2014

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Exhibition tracing the evolution of Rockwell’s art.

March 4, 2014

What Makes a Memory?

Humanities based book discussion.

March 3, 2014

Petticoat Patriot: A Woman in the Continental Army

 Joan Gatturna presents this living history program on Deborah Sampson, a patriot who left her petticoats behind.

March 2, 2014 to May 26, 2014

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910

An exhibit of more than a hundred fifty works drawn primarily from the National Museum of Korea dazzles with paintings, scultpture, and decorative arts

March 1, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

A humanities-based family reading program.

March 1, 2014

Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History

 There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history.

February 28, 2014

All Different Kinds of Free and Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court and the Ambivalent Constitution

Book discussion focusing on Jessica Mccann's historical novel about the heart-breaking story of Margaret Morgan, kidnapped from her home in Pennsylvania in 1837 and sold into slavery.

February 28, 2014

This Week on BackStory - The 2014 Oscars Show

BackStory explores how Hollywood takes on history and the stories the film industry chooses to tell.

February 27, 2014

On Hemingway: Three Views

This chautauqua program examines the author of machismo, from a woman's point of view.

February 27, 2014

Created Equal: The Abolitionists Discussion

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

February 26, 2014

The Spirit of Motown

The sounds Motown created bridged racial divides and produced more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and The Beatles combined. Experience the sounds of Motown and discover the story behind the legend.

February 26, 2014

Road to the Promised Land

The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to the 1980s changed the face of the nation, laying the groundwork for crusades by other minorities to claim their rights. The efforts to achieve equality produced a revolutionary social impact.

February 26, 2014

The Loving Story screening - NYU DC

February 25, 2014

Let’s Talk About Preserving African-American Historic Sites

Discussion about the many African American sites that exist, explaining what comprises an historic site and what can be done to preserve them.

February 24, 2014

The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience

The most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped thousands of enslaved Africans to escape to freedom.

February 23, 2014

Healing African Dance

In this engaging presentation, choreographer, storyteller and former Fulbright Scholar Angela Watson explores one of the most essential elements of African dance—its ability to heal.

February 22, 2014

500 Years of Coastal Culture along the St. Johns River: 1513-2013

"500 Years of Coastal Culture along the St. Johns River: 1513-2013"

February 22, 2014

African American Children's Authors

Stories written by black authors take us to many intriguing places and introduce us to unforgettable characters such as talking animals and trickster heroes and heroines.

February 21, 2014

Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War

Remarkable true stories of the Civil War as experienced by civilians who found themselves in harm's way. How did the ideas and concerns that matter to them play out in Gettysburg, along the Underground Railroad and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

February 21, 2014

BackStory with the American History Guys - On The Money: A History of American Currency

This week's BackStory unpacks America's relationship with money, exploring the transformations of currency over the centuries.

February 20, 2014 to February 23, 2014

60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration takes place 50 years after the United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination in public places.

February 19, 2014

CREATED EQUAL FILM SERIES

Created Equal Film Series.  "The Loving Story"

February 18, 2014

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

February 18, 2014

Congressional Staff Webinar: NEH April/May Grant Deadlines

We encourage you to share information with your constituents about upcoming NEH grant deadlines.

February 17, 2014

Stories From the Other Side of the Tracks

Oral history project to record the stories South Hoisington, Kansas, a predominately African-American community established by the railroad in Barton County.

February 16, 2014

Mary Todd Lincoln, The First "First Lady"

Mary Todd Lincoln, The First "First Lady."

Idaho Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau event - Speaker:  Janet Worthington

February 15, 2014

Zora Neale Hurston: A Little Sweat and a Lot of Spunk

Connect with Zora Neale Hurston, the famous African American novelist and folklorist from Florida, when Dr. Lynn Hawkins presents an enactment of Hurston's 1928 story entitled "Sweat."

February 14, 2014

Road to the Promised Land: The Civil Rights Movement

Traveling exhibition surveys the Civil Rights Movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through the 1990s.

February 13, 2014

How Shipwrecks Shaped the Destiny of the Outer Banks

Road Scholars: Kevin Duffus - How Shipwrecks Shaped the Destiny of the Outer Banks.

February 13, 2014

Exhibition and Film Screening of "The Freedom Riders"

Join the Rebekah Jacob Gallery for a special, one night only, exhibition at NYU Washington, DC -- a special screening of FREEDOM RIDERS will follow.

February 13, 2014

Lessons from Lincoln

This conversation, led by independent scholar and Lincoln expert Richard Etulain, will look at what today’s leaders might learn from Lincoln’s handling of slavery, emancipation and civil rights, political patronage, and reconstruction during the Civil War era.

February 12, 2014

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Book discussion that explores Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "Team of Rivals," a biographical portrait of President Abraham Lincoln and the men who served in his cabinet from 1861 to 1865. Following the discussion, the public is invited to view Steven Spielburg's 2012 film, "Lincoln," which was derived from Goodwin's book.

February 11, 2014

Western Africa Before the Boats

The exhibit explores what life was like in Africa before the slave trade began, approximately 1500-1650 AD.

February 10, 2014

African American Women Domestics: The Story of Two Kansans

Growing up in rural Nicodemus, Kansas, in the large Williams family, Ernestine and Charlesetta learned basic cleaning and cooking skills from their mother and grandmother who had been enslaved in Kentucky by the family of Vice President Richard M. Johnson.

February 9, 2014

Fourteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-Thon

This event is being held in celebration of African American History Month and honors Douglass as one of the great men of the 19th century, an early advocate for African American civil rights and the rights of women

February 8, 2014

Francisco Menendez: African Slave to Freedom Fighter

Brought to the British colonies as a slave, Francisco Menendez escaped his servitude and fled to Spanish Florida.

February 8, 2014 to May 4, 2014

The 1968 Exhibit

Revisit the extraordinary events of 1968

February 8, 2014

Documentary Film - BESA: The Promise

This documentary records the bravery and compassion of the Albanian citizens who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

February 8, 2014

A Look at Mande (West African) Culture through Traditional Music

The discussion examines the influence of West Africa on American culture and why the djembe was outlawed during slavery. Participants will learn about the djembe, its introduction by drummers like Babatunde Olatunji in 1950 and Ladji Camara from Guinea, and how it spread throughout America.

February 7, 2014 to March 6, 2014

The Dust Bowl

In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude and despair in the face of calamity.

February 7, 2014

Film Screening: Slavery By Another Name

Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

February 6, 2014

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Chocolate: Food of the Gods.  Money doesn't grow on trees, but chocolate does!

February 6, 2014

“Ask an Expert” Documentaries

Laurie Kahn, film director/producer, will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Documentaries, using her NEH-support film A Midwife’s Tale, based on the diary of an 18th century midwife, as an example.

February 6, 2014

Stories From the Underground Railroad

This presentation is part art exhibition, part history, and part decoding of the secrets behind the quilt patches that are synonymous with the Underground Railroad.

February 5, 2014

Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln.  A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

February 5, 2014

National Youth Summit: Freedom Summer

Students across the country will join together for a virtual National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer and civic engagement

February 5, 2014

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980

Two hundred years ago, in 1813, Peter Spencer founded the African Union Church, the first independent black denomination in the United States. The next year, he started the August Quarterly, the nation’s oldest African American festival.

February 4, 2014

Jump at de Sun: Bringing Southern Folklore to Life

Chatauqua scholars Bob Devin Jones and Phyllis McEwen will present Zora Neale Hurston during the Harlem Renaissance.

February 4, 2014

"The Civil War and the Women's Movement"

Winter History Festival -"The Civil War and the Women's Movement."   John and Karen Devries will talk about the war and its culmination and aftermath.

February 3, 2014 to March 30, 2014

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

February 3, 2014

Highlighting the Legacy: African-Americans in Mississippi

The presentation explores the intracultural experiences of Mississippi African Americans which helped produce successful educators, entrepreneurs, Civil Rights leaders, physicians, attorneys and parents.

February 2, 2014

African American History in Iowa

The program is a 15 minute audio-visual survey of the major people, organizations, and events in Iowa's African-America​n history from its territorial beginning in 1838 to the present.

February 1, 2014 to February 28, 2014

Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Exhibition featuring photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. King and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights.

January 30, 2014

“Ask an Expert” Exhibitions

Brian Horrigan, Exhibit Curator, Minnesota Historical Society will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Exhibitions, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at his work putting together the NEH-supported exhibition The 1968 Exhibit.

January 29, 2014

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

January 28, 2014

Growing Up in the 1950s: The Hopes and Frustrations of a Prosperous Age

A presentation on the conflicting currents of the 1950s

January 28, 2014

"Ask an Expert" Websites

Louise Lippincott, Chief Curator of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Websites, presenting on her experiences building the website and online archive for the NEH-supported exhibition Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story.

January 25, 2014

Toward One Oregon

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities by Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, and Bruce Weber.

January 22, 2014

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: the Navajo Code Talkers with Laura Tohe

During WWII a small group of Navajo men from the Navajo homeland enlisted in the Marines with a unique armor.  This select group of men devised a code using the Diné (Navajo) language to pass secret information without the enemy ever deciphering or breaking the code.

January 20, 2014

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!  Arrested, tried and convicted for voting in the 1872 presidential election, Miss Anthony became the symbol of the struggle for women's suffrage.

January 18, 2014

San Angelo History Harvest

San Angelo History Harvest.

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

Exhibition on the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement

January 14, 2014 to May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

War & Society Roundtable Discussion.  The Mississippi Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the University of Southern Mississippi to expand its War & Society Roundtable to a wi

January 13, 2014

Telling Time in Ancient North America

An Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau program on timekeeping methods employed by ancient civilizations in North America

January 13, 2014

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War - Who Were the Zuoaves?—Robert “Maynard” Kufrovich

January 13, 2014

The Underground Railroad in Quilts?

Commonwealth Speakers Program

January 13, 2014 to March 7, 2014

Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America

The availability of books and the spread of literacy profoundly influenced the discovery of the New World

January 12, 2014

Art & Chautauqua | Rising to the Occasion

Art & Chautauqua | Rising to the Occasion, a discussion.

January 9, 2014 to February 6, 2014

“Across the Divide”

Exhibition of works by Chinese artists and accompanying symposium on the role art plays in representing cultural identities

January 5, 2014

The 2014 Bismarck State College BookTalk - “Light a Fire Within”

The 2014 Bismarck State College BookTalk. This year’s theme is “Light a Fire Within” and will discuss three outstanding books about books.

January 3, 2014

Heaven on Earth: A History of American Utopias

This Week on BackStory - Heaven on Earth: A History of American Utopias.

January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014

Depots of Iowa: The James H. Andrew Railroad Museum & History Center

December 19, 2013

People, Purpose, and Place: Agrarian Novels in the USA

Book discussion series in which participants will explore the interconnectedness of their lives through agrarian novels that provide insight into the human ecosystem.

December 13, 2013 to December 15, 2013

Phoenix Festival of the Arts

The Arizona Humanities Council and the Phoenix Center for the Arts present the second Phoenix Festival of the Arts

December 13, 2013

Vestiges of the War of 1812

Most Marylanders know that during the War of 1812 Francis Scott Key, inspired by the bombardment of Fort McHenry, wrote the lyrics to a song that later became our national anthem.

December 12, 2013

Key Moments in American Musical Theatre History

The evolution of the American musical

December 11, 2013

NEH Google+ Hangout on Digital Humanities

Watch a live interview with University of Richmond President Dr. Edward L. Ayers and his colleagues in the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab.

December 6, 2013 to January 4, 2014

Museum on Main Street - New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music

Museum on Main Street is a cultural project that serves rural America.

December 4, 2013

Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian

A launch event for Standing Down, an NEH-funded anthology of writings by and about those who have served in the military

November 25, 2013 to December 22, 2013

A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri

A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri is a joint project of the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council.

November 22, 2013

BackStory with the American History Guys

BackStory takes a look at conspiracy thinking throughout American history.

November 19, 2013 to November 26, 2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Six-part documentary chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present day.

November 12, 2013 to November 26, 2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Six-part documentary chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present day.

November 11, 2013

Veterans' Voices

Texas Veterans' Voices and Humanities Texas invite veterans, their loved ones, and the public to participate in group readings of classical texts on Veterans Day.

November 8, 2013 to January 5, 2014

Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Archive

Recovered records of the once vibrant Jewish life in Iraq

November 5, 2013 to November 26, 2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Six-part documentary chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present day.

October 29, 2013 to November 26, 2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Six-part documentary chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present day.

October 22, 2013 to November 26, 2013

The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross

Six-part documentary chronicles the full sweep of African-American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through more than four centuries of remarkable historic events up to the present day.

October 18, 2013

American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural [rebroadcast]

BackStory explores the ways in which witches, spirits and ghosts have haunted our history.

October 15, 2013

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

The first documentary to examine the evolution of the heroes who leapt from the pages of comic books over the last 75 years, this three-part miniseries chronicles how disposable diversions that once cost a dime became the foundation for a multi-billion-dollar industry from 1938 to 2010.

October 2, 2013 to November 15, 2013

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Traveling exhibition examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2013

Latino Americans

The first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group.

September 24, 2013 to October 1, 2013

Latino Americans

The first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group.

September 17, 2013 to October 1, 2013

Latino Americans

The first major television documentary series to chronicle the rich and varied history of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the United States and have become the country’s largest minority group.

September 6, 2013 to October 2, 2013

Crossing Cultures: the Art of Manga in Hawai'i

Exhibition supported by the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities brings together seven Hawai‘i-produced manga and explores the varied cross-cultural sources that influenced the narratives and artistic styles of these works.

August 28, 2013 to August 28, 2013

March on Washington Anniversary Bell Ringing

Bell ringing across the nation and around the world marks fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s  speech, "Let Freedom Ring." 

August 23, 2013

James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket

The life, works and beliefs of the late writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin

June 18, 2013

Henry Ford

A profile of the farm boy who became the 20th century’s most influential American innovator.

June 16, 2013 to September 8, 2013

Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes

Between 600 and 1000, the Wari forged a complex society widely regarded today as ancient Peru’s first empire.

June 14, 2013 to September 2, 2013

The 1968 Exhibit

Revisit 1968 at the National Constitution Center

June 12, 2013 to August 16, 2013

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

This traveling exhibition examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

May 29, 2013 to July 12, 2013

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Traveling exhibit on the dramatic history of the King James Bible, what we know about the scholars who translated it, and how it has continued to influence literature, culture, and society for over 400 years.

May 27, 2013

Veterans' Voices

Humanities Texas and Texas Veterans Voices host Memorial Day readings of ancient Greek texts

May 24, 2013 to July 6, 2013

The Way We Worked

May 24, 2013

From the Blue Ridge to the Rocky Mountains: Thomas Wolfe and the American West

Public lecture on one of America’s most renowned writers of the early twentieth century

May 21, 2013

CONSTITUTION USA with Peter Sagal

Does the Constitution have what it takes to keep up with modern America? Join Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! as he hits the road to find out. Traveling across the country by motorcycle, Sagal is in search of where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn’t… how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart.

May 19, 2013 to October 27, 2013

Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont

A new exhibit at Rokeby Museum, a National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad site, traces the journey of two fugitive slaves from slavery to freedom.

May 17, 2013

Patent Pending: A History of Intellectual Property

BackStory Radio examines the history of intellectual property in America

May 14, 2013

Annie Oakley

The story of the five-foot sharpshooter who never missed a shot.

May 1, 2013

Frost and Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry in the Light of Common Day

Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea explores Wordsworth and Frost's similarities, differences, and influences on other poets.

April 29, 2013 to May 1, 2014

The Moton School Story: Children of Courage

New Civil Rights exhibition explores origin and aftermath of ‘Brown v. Board’
April 27, 2013 to September 2, 2013

Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s

Designing Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs of the 1930s showcases six Depression-era expositions that brought visions of a brighter future to tens of millions of Americans.

April 19, 2013

Connecticut Center for the Book Launch

Join Connecticut Humanities and special guest The Honorable John Larson (D-1st District) to celebrate the launch of the new Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities.

March 20, 2013 to March 24, 2013

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Virginia Festival of the Book is a 5-day festival of mostly free literary events that are open to the public as we honor book culture and promote reading and literacy.

March 18, 2013

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?

This five-part series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not.

March 16, 2013 to January 20, 2014

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces

The architectural legacy of Rafael Guastavino Sr. (1842-1908), arguably the most influential architectural craftsman working in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century America.

March 15, 2013

Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home

Hear the story of Woodie Guthrie’s creative energy, personal imperfections and family tragedy.

March 12, 2013

The Storm That Swept Mexico

The Storm That Swept Mexico tells the epic story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

March 11, 2013

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?

This five-part series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not.

March 8, 2013 to March 9, 2013

Winter Weekend 2013: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Maine Humanities Council hosts Winter Weekend, a humanities experience that brings together historians, writers, artists, public intellectuals, and others for a weekend of discussion of Dickens' Great Expectations.

March 1, 2013

MYSTERY! A Conversation with David Lindsey and Archer Mayor

Humanities Texas and the Harry Ransom Center will present MYSTERY! a conversation with two New York Times bestselling mystery authors David Lindsey and Archer Mayor, moderated by Karen Olsson, author of Waterloo and a contributing editor for Texas Monthly.

February 22, 2013

Slavery By Another Name

Documentary explores the little-known story of the post-Emancipation era and the labor practices and laws that effectively created a new form of slavery in the South that persisted well into the 20th century.

February 20, 2013 to April 5, 2013

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War, a traveling exhibition, examines how President Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War – the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.

February 16, 2013 to June 9, 2013

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

An exhibition exploring the presence of Africans and their descendants in Europe from the late 1400s to the early 1600s and the roles these individuals played in society as reflected in art.

February 10, 2013 to May 19, 2013

Wari: Pre-Inca Lords of Peru

Wari’s capital is one of the largest archaeological sites in South America. From AD 600 and 1000, its denizens created an exhilarating episode in the history of the Americas by forging a society now widely regarded as one of the western hemisphere’s first empires.

 

February 8, 2013

For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights

For All the World to Hear: Stories from the Struggle for Civil Rights, an oral history performance project supported by the Maryland Humanities Council, brings ten Baltimore-area senior ci

February 3, 2013

18th-Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

Langston Hughes' poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960's, continue to resonate today.  These powerful, poignant and often amusing works are read aloud by members o

February 2, 2013 to April 28, 2013

1968: The Year that Rocked America

The social forces that swirled through the turbulent 1960s crested in 1968. It was a turning point for a generation coming of age and a nation at war.
February 2, 2013 to February 22, 2013

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible celebrates the 400th anniversary of the first printing of the King James Bible in 1611 and examines its fascinating and complex history.

February 2, 2013 to April 14, 2013

Carnaval!

The sights and sounds of Carnaval in New Orleans, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Trinidad, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.

January 31, 2013

Film Premiere of Strokes of Justice: the Simmie Knox Story

Join the Delaware Humanities Forum for the premiere of Strokes of Justice: the Simmie Knox Story about the life and work of artist Simmie Knox and meet the artist at a reception following the film screening.

January 30, 2013

Freedom Riders

Find inspiration in the story of a courageous band of young civil-rights activists who journeyed through the Deep South in 1961.

January 25, 2013 to February 8, 2013

Shakespeare Uncovered

Six episodes combine history, biography, iconic performances, new analysis and the personal passion of its celebrated hosts to tell the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays.

January 24, 2013 to May 24, 2013

Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story

A groundbreaking retrospective of the works of African American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908-1998)

January 18, 2013 to February 28, 2013

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Traveling exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.

January 12, 2013

“New Harmonies” exhibit tour closes with a symphony concert in South Dakota

To close out the Museum on Main Street tour of “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” in South Dakota, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra will perform the world premiere of

January 8, 2013 to January 22, 2012

The Abolitionists

Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators. Called by many names, the abolitionists tore the nation apart in order to make a more perfect union.

January 6, 2013

Besa: The Promise

Documentary on the little-known story of the Albanian Muslims who took Jews into their homes during WWII and saved thousands of lives.

December 28, 2012

Best of the Best of the New BackStory

As 2012 winds down, and a New Year is born, American History Guys Brian, Ed, and Peter reflect on their first weekly season, reprising favorite interviews, riffs, features, and calls.
December 26, 2012 to January 24, 2013

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders looks at six months in 1961 when more than 400 courageous Americans - old and young, black and white, men and women, Northern and Southern - risked their lives to challenge segregated facilities in the South.

December 21, 2012

Naughty & Nice: A History of the Holiday Season

The Puritans banned Christmas, once a time of rowdiness when the poor demanded food from the rich.

December 17, 2012

The Central Park Five: Film Screening and Discussion with Ken Burns

Ken Burns will screen and discuss his new documentary on the Central Park jogger case in an event sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and New Hampshire Public Television.

December 14, 2012

Apocalypse Now & Then: End Times in America

BackStory Radio examines how apocalyptic visions gain traction from time to time, and what they tell us about American hopes and fears through the centuries.

December 12, 2012 to February 8, 2013

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.

December 10, 2012 to February 2, 2013

From Morning to Night: Domestic Service in the Gilded Age South

The traveling exhibit examines the role of African Americans in domestic service in the South.

December 10, 2012 to December 16, 2012

The Loving Story

This Oscar-shortlisted film is the definitive account of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage: Loving v. Virginia.

December 7, 2012

Paris: The Luminous Years

In the early decades of the Twentieth Century, a storm of modernism swept through the art worlds of the West, uprooting centuries of tradition in the visual arts, music, literature, dance, theater and beyond.

December 7, 2012

You've Got Mail: A History of the Post Office

BackStory Radio looks at the history of the U.S. Postal Service

November 27, 2012

The War of 1812

For two and a half years, Americans fought against the British, Canadian colonists and native nations. The War of 1812 presents the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent.

November 18, 2012 to November 19, 2012

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl, by filmmaker Ken Burns, chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.

November 17, 2012

Constitutionally Speaking -The Conversation Continues: How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times?

Nine constitutional scholars and authors share their perspectives in 15-minute TED-x style talks.

November 16, 2012

Straight Shot: A History of Gun Ownership

The American History Guys explore the history of guns in America

November 15, 2012 to March 10, 2013

For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

For All The World To See is the first comprehensive museum exhibition to explore the historic role played by visual image

November 11, 2012

Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day: Healing through the Humanities

Veterans, their families, and the community are invited to just listen or to tell their stories through visual art, performance, and the written word.

November 10, 2012 to December 19, 2012

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience

A traveling exhibition examining the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport begining in the post-Civil War era.

November 7, 2012 to November 11, 2012

Wisconsin Book Festival

The Wisconsin Book Festival is a free, five-day program of public events that takes place every fall in downtown Madison, WI.

November 3, 2012

Arizona Humanities Festival

The Arizona Humanities Festival is a vibrant celebration of the humanities that engages the imagination, explores ideas, and excites people to learn more about the world we share.

November 3, 2012

Mind the Gap: Economic Inequality and Our Democracy

Do increasing economic divisions threaten the survival of our democratic institutions? What are the causes of increasing economic inequality in America?

November 2, 2012

Pulling the Curtain: Voting in America

BackStory Radio looks at the history of voting in America.

October 28, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes

Between 600 and 1000, long before the Inca, the Wari forged a complex society widely regarded today as ancient Peru’s first empire.

October 27, 2012

World House Series: Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom Symposium

Humanities Council of Washington, DC, hosts symposium on go-go, calypso, jazz, and classical music.

October 26, 2012

World House Series: Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom Opening Reception

Humanities Council of Washington DC hosts an opening reception for "Voices of Change, Sounds of Freedom"

October 21, 2012 to January 13, 2013

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit

This major exhibition delves into the life and career of African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937).

October 20, 2012

Making Meaning of May 4th: The Kent State Shootings in American History

Kent State University opens a long-term exhibition about the 1970 shooting of Kent State University students by National Guardsmen.

October 19, 2012 to October 20, 2012

An American Turning Point: Civil War 150 HistoryMobile

Housed in a tractor-trailer, this “museum on wheels" presents individual stories of the Civil War from the perspective of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

October 19, 2012

Tiny Nation, Big Problems: Cuba in American History

50 years ago this week, a U.S. military jet photographed strategic nuclear missiles that had been installed by the Soviets in Cuba.

October 17, 2012

National Youth Summit: Dust Bowl

A webcast discussion of Ken Burns' The Dust Bowl and environmental stewardship.

October 14, 2012 to January 21, 2013

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe invites visitors to explore the roles of Africans and their descendents in Renaissance Europe as revealed in compelling paintings, drawings, sculpture and printed books of the period.

October 13, 2012 to October 13, 2012

West Virginia Book Festival

The West Virginia Book Festival brings people and books together in a two-day event that celebrates the Mountain State’s writers and brings authors from across the nation to Charleston, WV.

October 12, 2012 to October 14, 2012

Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word

A three-day book festival celebrated each year during the second full weekend of October in Downtown Nashville.

October 12, 2012 to December 7, 2012

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience

Travelling exhibition examines the challenges faced by African-American baseball players.

October 11, 2012 to November 30, 2012

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Traveling exhibition examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

October 10, 2012 to November 28, 2012

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Traveling exhibition examines how Abraham Lincoln used the Constitution to confront the challenges of the Civil War.

October 7, 2012 to November 11, 2012

Broadway: The American Musical

This six-part documentary series chronicles the Broadway musical throughout the 20th century and explores the evolution of this uniquely American art form.

October 6, 2012 to January 14, 2013

Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece

Exhibition for children and famillies on Ancient Greece transports visitors to the bedrock of western civilization.

October 4, 2012 to October 6, 2012

Humanities Montana Festival of the Book

The 13th annual Humanities Montana Festival of the Book celebrates the literature of the West bringing over 70 authors to downtown Missoula.

October 3, 2012 to November 2, 2012

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Traveling exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

October 2, 2012

American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us

Acclaimed author and political scientist Robert D. Putnam delivers the 17th annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities in an address that focuses on the role of religion in American public life.

September 28, 2012 to February 24, 2013

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Boston Public Library partner to present the first major exhibition on the Guastavino Company and its architectural and historical legacy.

September 28, 2012 to September 30, 2012

South Dakota Festival of Books

The South Dakota Festival of Books celebrates its 10th anniversary this year welcoming new festival authors Roy Blount Jr., Heid Erdrich, Karl Marlantes and Will Hermes.

September 26, 2012

2012 Griffith Honors Forum Lecture with Sherman Alexie

Author Sherman Alexie speaks at South Dakota State University to kick off the 2012 South Dakota Festival of Books.

September 22, 2012 to September 23, 2012

2012 National Book Festival

Join NEH at the 12th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on the National Mall in Washington, DC

September 20, 2012

Natasha Trethewey reading at Jackson State University

Current Mississippi and United States Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will give a reading of her poetry at Jackson State University in an event cosponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

September 18, 2012

Death and the Civil War

From acclaimed filmmaker Ric Burns, Death and the Civil War explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history: the transformation of the nation by the death of an estimated 750,000 people – nearly two and a half percent of the population – in four dark and searing years from 1861 to 1865.

September 17, 2012

Emancipation Nation: Celebrating Freedom on Constitution Day

Join NEH in Washington, DC on Constitution Day for a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

September 15, 2012

Sixth Annual Distinctive Women in Hawaiian History Program

Local historians, acclaimed scholars, poets, filmmakers, and students gather to celebrate “historic, famous, and not-so-famous” Hawaiian women.

September 14, 2012

Constitutionally Speaking with Justice David H. Souter

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter speaks at opening of Constitutionally Speaking project in New Hampshire.

September 13, 2012

One Evening in Maine: A Celebration of Robert McCloskey

Join the Maine Humanities Council for a benefit dinner to support programs for educators and at-risk populations on the 60th anniversary of McCloskey's book One Morning in Maine, the story of a lost tooth, a wish come true, and Maine at its most beautiful.

September 13, 2012 to October 31, 2012

15th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival

From September 13th through the entire month of October, the Utah Humanities Book Festival will feature hundreds of authors and presenters.

September 11, 2012 to January 6, 2013

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America

I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America explores the career of American stage and industrial designer, futurist and urban planner Norman Bel Geddes (1893-1958).

September 11, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan

Echoes of the Past unites a group of imposing sculptures from the Northern Qi period (550-577 CE) Buddhist cave temple complex at Xiangtangshan in northern China with a full-scale, digital, 3-D reconstruction of the interior of one of the site's impressive caves.

September 1, 2012 to October 20, 2012

Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation

Our Lives, Our Stories explores the life arc of a single generation—the stories of their lives, told in their words—from birth to old age.

August 31, 2012

Turf War: A History of College Sports

BackStory Radio's American History Guys explore the history of American college sports.

August 24, 2012

Conventional Wisdom: A History of American Political Conventions

BackStory Radio's American History Guys explore the development of American political conventions.

August 23, 2012 to August 24, 2012

Four Souls: Stories from America's Borders

This public humanities symposium brings together four of the nation's most celebrated writers and poets to share their stories.

August 22, 2012 to September 21, 2012

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Published in 1611, the King James Bible’s blend of poetry and piety has nurtured generation after generation.

August 19, 2012

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton

Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton, hosted and written by author and journalist Richard Brookhiser, focuses on Hamilton’s character.

August 17, 2012

Climate Control: A History of Heating and Cooling

The American History Guys consider the advent of air conditioning, and explore its far-reaching implications on everything from architecture and leisure to demography and politics.

August 16, 2012 to September 24, 2012

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties.

August 10, 2012

Here to There: A History of Mapping

From the 16th to 18th centuries, many European mapmakers were convinced that California was an island — an Edenic paradise populated by black Amazons.

August 9, 2012

NEH and Disaster Preparedness and Response

Congressional briefing on NEH and disaster preparedness and relief.

August 7, 2012 to October 28, 2012

Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story

Photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris chronicled a vibrant black urban community during the Jim Crow and Civil Rights eras.

August 5, 2012 to August 8, 2012

The War

This seven-part documentary series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the history and horror of the Second World War by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary American men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.

August 3, 2012

Beach Bodies: A History of the American Physique

Aspirations to a more perfect body have a long history in America.

July 31, 2012 to August 2, 2012

The War

This seven-part documentary series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick explores the history and horror of the Second World War by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary American men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.

July 29, 2012

Besa: The Promise

Besa: The Promise chronicles the inspiring story of Albanian Muslims who helped rescue Jewish refugees during World War II.

July 29, 2012 to November 25, 2012

The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico

The Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico focuses on an era of cultural innovation in Mesoamerica. Trade networks, closely linked to the deity Quetzalcoatl, fostered the exchange of both goods and ideas across vast distances. These southern Mexican kingdoms, which recognized Quetzalcoatl as their founder and patron, became the Children of the Plumed Serpent.

July 27, 2012

City Upon a Hill: American Exceptionalism in U.S. History

In this episode, the American History Guys at BackStory Radio look at the changing meanings of Exceptionalism.

July 26, 2012

The Dust Bowl preview screening

A preview screening and panel discussion of Ken Burns' NEH-funded film The Dust Bowl at the White House.

July 20, 2012

Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter

A White House screening and panel discussion of the NEH-funded documentary on Charles and Ray Eames.

July 11, 2012 to August 10, 2012

Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Published in 1611, the King James Bible’s blend of poetry and piety has nurtured generation after generation.

July 11, 2012 to August 20, 2012

For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights

An NEH-supported exhibit at the National Civil Rights Museum examines the role of visual culture in the struggle for civil rights.

July 6, 2012 to October 7, 2012

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World

Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World examines the significance of indigenous peoples within the artistic landscape of colonial Latin America.

July 6, 2012

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam.

July 3, 2012

“The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”: A Communal Reading of a lecture by Frederick Douglass

One person comes with a poster; another, a mike and a stack of speeches.

July 2, 2012

“The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro”: Frederick Douglass at the Massachusetts State House

One person comes with a poster; another, a mike and a stack of speeches.

June 29, 2012

Independence Daze: A History of July Fourth

In the early days of our nation, July Fourth wasn’t an official holiday at all.

June 26, 2012

Pluralisms With a Big "S": The American Versions

Professor Martin E. Marty explores ways of understanding, interpreting, and teaching the varieties of phenomena we have in mind when we talk about America’s civil and religious “pluralism.”

June 20, 2012 to August 3, 2012

Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience

This nationally travelling exhibit examines the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport beginning in the post-Civil War era, tthrough integration of the major leagues in the mid-20th century.

June 16, 2012

"Civility, With a German Immigrant Accent"

NEH Chairman Jim Leach delivers a public lecture entitled "Civility, With a German Immigrant Accent" at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.

June 14, 2012 to June 16, 2012

Marianas History Conference

All About the Mariana Islands

June 12, 2012

Pedalpalooza

A conversation aboard bikes about where the news is going

May 30, 2012

Exploring Communities of Muslim Women Throughout History

Women's worlds: the Qajar Era in Iran  and modern family law reform. 

May 26, 2012 to September 9, 2012

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit

More than one hundred works, from paintings to sculpture, are featured in this major exhibition devoted to the acclaimed artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937).

May 25, 2012

Monumental Disagreements

Why is there no image of George Washington on the Washington Monument? Three history professors discuss the controversy over building the Washington Monument in "Monumental Disagreements,"...

May 23, 2012

Tenement Museum Talk

Making the Jewish Lower East Side Iconic: the Tenement Museum and the Story of American Immigration.

May 22, 2012

NEH on the Web: Online Resources for K-12 Education in the Humanities

Congressional staff members, both in DC and district offices, join NEH staff for a webinar to explore NEH-funded, web-based educational resources available for teachers, tutors, parents, and homeschooling families.

May 18, 2012

Home Bittersweet Home

The American history guys, all history professors, ask whether there was ever a Golden Age of home ownership in the second episode of a new NEH-funded weekly radio show being launched across the country.

May 17, 2012

"Cultural Power and the Role of the Humanities"

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jim Leach delivers the keynote address on "Cultural Power and the Role of the Humanities" at the Barnett Symposium on Cultural Soft Power.

May 16, 2012

Wade in the Water: Songs and Stories of the Mississippi

As the Mississippi winds its way past New Orleans, American Routes is reminded of the power and place of these waterways in American culture.

May 13, 2012

Touching the Yupiaq Heart

Chairman Jim Leach delivers the commencement address at the University of Alaska.

May 11, 2012

BackStory with the American History Guys

University of Virginia history professors Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh and Ed Ayers, president of the University of Richmond, explore “Childbirth in America” in the first episode of a NEH-funded weekly show.

May 11, 2012

"The Power of the Humanities"

NEH Chairman Jim Leach delivers remarks on "The Power of the Humanities" to the American Council of Learned Societies.

May 4, 2012

NEH on the Web: Online Resources for K-12 Education in the Humanities

Congressional staff members, both in DC and district offices, join NEH staff for a webinar to explore NEH-funded, web-based educational resources.

May 1, 2012

Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the Civil War

Scholar-led reading and discussion series at 65 libraries across the country commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and Emancipation.  The NEH-funded series draws on March

April 28, 2012

Building America: House and Home

A new permanent exhibition packs seven galleries with photographs, objects, models, “touch me” exhibits, and films on the history, technology, and changing culture of the American home.

April 26, 2012

Chairman Leach Introduces Besa: The Promise

NEH Chairman Jim Leach introduces NEH-funded documentary film, Besa: The Promise.

April 26, 2012

Every Day Is History Day

Chairman Leach speaks at celebration of History Day on Capitol Hill. 

April 26, 2012

Every Day Is History Day

Chairman Leach speaks at celebration of History Day on Capitol Hill. 

April 23, 2012

Wendell E. Berry delivers 41st Jefferson Lecture

“It All Turns on Affection”

April 18, 2012

Missouri Humanities Awards ceremony

Chairman Jim Leach delivers keynote address at the annual Missouri Humanities award ceremony for educators, scholars, community leaders and students who represent exemplary achievement in the human

April 17, 2012

An NEH conversation with 2011 Jefferson Lecturer Drew Gilpin Faust

Historian and Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust, returning to the NEH nearly a year after her lecture, Telling War Stories, Reflections of a Civil War Historian, discusses the lasting legacy of the Civil War.

April 11, 2012

A Heartland Congressional Workshop

NEH Congressional Affairs and the Smithsonian Institution cohost a breakfast workshop for Congressional staff on NEH On the Road.

April 5, 2012

Bridging Cultures through Law Film Series: The Loving Story

A screening of the NEH-funded documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, whose successful challenge of a Virginia law barring interracial marriage changed history, provides the centerpiece for a  panel discussion of civil rights law.

April 1, 2012 to July 1, 2012

Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico

Chairman Jim Leach attends opening of new exhibition following the life and the epic stories of the Mexican culture-hero and deity, Quetzalcoatl, founder and benefactor of communities that flourish

March 29, 2012

“The Relevance of the Humanities and the Challenge of Democracy”

Chairman Jim Leach delivers lecture on the Relevance of the Humanities and the Challenge of Democracy to the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities

March 28, 2012

Chosen Food

A presentation on the Jewish Museum of Maryland's NEH-funded exhibit Chosen Food.

March 21, 2012

Bridging Cultures through Law Film Series: I Came to Testify

I Came to Testify, a documentary about women testifying to the use of rape as a war crime.

February 22, 2012

Bridging Cultures through Law Film Series: Prohibition

A moderated panel discussion on issues of Constitutional law presented in Ken Burns' NEH-funded film Prohibition.

 

December 13, 2011

Holiday Hill Workshop

The Congressional Affairs Office hosts a workshop to introduce new Congressional staff members to the inner workings of the NEH.

November 16, 2011

Using the Humanities to Support Veterans

NEH brought together Veterans Affairs officials, representatives from Veterans Service Organizations, and military families to showcase two NEH-funded programs.

October 19, 2011

Bridging Cultures through Law Film Series: Freedom Riders

Throughout the summer of 1961, more than 400 black and white young Americans traveled together on buses and trains throughout the Deep South...

September 21, 2011

Preview Reception for Manifold Greatness: the Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible

Members of Congress and staff attend a preview of the Manifold Greatness exhibition marking the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.