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Posted: June 15, 2011

Bridging Cultures, an NEH Special Initiative

The Endowment's special initiative, Bridging Cultures, encourages study and informed conversation about commonalities across cultures and subcultures, both within in United States and abroad.

photo of the Great Dismal Swamp
Posted: June 15, 2011

The Great Dismal Swamp

An NEH-funded archaeology project is unearthing evidence -- spanning three centuries -- that numerous oppressed groups took refuge in the swamp, including runaway slaves and displaced Native Americans.

19th-century oyster advertising
Posted: June 15, 2011

Oyster Wars

Oysters -- once deemed only suitable for the poor man’s pot -- grew so popular in the years after the Civil War that they created a sort of comestible "gold rush" in the Chesapeake Bay.

photo of Beowulf manuscript
Posted: June 14, 2011

Old English, New Influences

The great age of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) literature lasted from the sixth through the tenth centuries CE. But its influence can still be found in modern fantasy tales, such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter series. Read more about Anglo-Saxon poetry on EDSITEment, NEH’s award-winning website for students, teachers, and lifelong learners.

Monet painting: seated woman, reading in spring garden
Posted: June 14, 2011

Selected Summer Reading List

EDSITEment, NEH’s award-winning educational website, provides college-bound students and lifelong learners with a comprehensive recommended summer reading list that links users to relevant lesson plans and websites for further enrichment.

illustration depicts scholars around 1287 CE
Posted: June 13, 2011

Teaching the Middle East: A Thousand and One Lessons

Teaching the Middle East: A Resource for Educators, a new online resource created by scholars at the University of Chicago and funded by the NEH, provides teachers with an invaluable educational tool.

Miles Smith
Posted: May 30, 2011

Happy 400th, King James Bible

England's Lord Macaulay said it best: The King James Bible is "a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power."

Posted: April 14, 2011

Freedom Riders Honored at Film Screening

Fourteen veterans of the 1961 Freedom Rides protesting segregation in interstate travel were honored April 13 at a screening in Washington D.C of a new NEH-funded film.

Image of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Eisenhower
Posted: February 21, 2011

Presidential Papers

In honor of Presidents' Day, a look at NEH-funded presidential papers projects.

Mark Twain Editor Robert Hirst speaks at NEH
Posted: February 16, 2011

Robert Hirst on the Making of Mark Twain's Autobiography

It took a team of scholars many years to determine Mark Twain's plan for the book and then arrange the right contents in the right order.