NEH in the News
Sioux Falls, SD will be hosting its first meeting of veterans participating in the NEH-supported “Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War” initiative on November 20 at the Oak View Branch Library. The meetings are designed to encourage and teach veterans in documenting their war experiences and will continue through March. At the end of the initiative, these veterans’ stories will be compiled and published, from the Argus Leader.
The Baltimore Museum of Art will be reopening its Merrick Historic Entrance and the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing on November 23 after extensive renovations funded in part by the NEH. Returning to display will be the BAM’s collection of American art and objects, most dating from 1760 to 1960, from Art Fix Daily.
The main branch of the Louisville Free Public Library in Louisville, KY is hosting the free traveling exhibit “Lincoln: The Constitution and Civil War” through January 5 thanks to an NEH grant. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on November 19. On December 3, Professor Jasmine Farrier of the University of Louisville will present a talk “A House Divided: The Constitutional Separation of Powers and the Civil War," from the Courier-Journal.
The South Dakota State Historical Society is using a two-year federal grant totaling $300,000 to digitize 100 rolls of microfilm from newspapers published before 1922. The digitized SD newspapers will eventually be uploaded to the NEH-Library of Congress “Chronicling America” website, from the Associated Press.
The Brigham City Library in Utah will be hosting a discussion session this month of The Things They Carried – author Tim O’Brien’s series of Vietnam War short stories – as part of the NEH Standing Together initiative, from the Standard Examiner.
Reenactors from the 20th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment entertained and informed attendees of the “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” traveling exhibition as it opened at Valparaiso University; additional events highlighting the exhibit’s stop in Indiana include a one-act play centered on Lincoln, a vocal music performance of songs from the Civil War Era, and a presentation by the director of the Abrahams Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, from the Northwest Indiana Times.
The Park City Museum’s Tozer Gallery is hosting “The Bison: American Icon” through January 7 thanks to an “NEH on the Road” grant. The exhibit, originally developed at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT, focuses on the history and biology of the American bison, including the creatures’ intersections with Native American cultures and the dramatic fall in bison populations from 30 million in the 18th century to 500,000 today, from the Park Record.
Greek tragedy ‘Ajax’ at Pell Center to open dialogue on trauma of war”: The Pell Center at Salve Regina University will be hosting a theatre production of the one-act Greek tragedy ‘Ajax’ at five locations across Rhode Island this November thanks to NEH funding through the Standing Together initiative. The production will premiere in Newport, RI on Veterans Day and will incorporate post-show discussions aimed at honoring veterans’ sacrifices, from the Providence Journal.
Warrior Words 2014 – a compilation of 28 personal essays from North Dakota veterans – has been published and is available for sale in Grand Forks and on Amazon. The book is the product of participants in last winter’s Warrior Words workshops hosted across ND and was supported by the NEH’s Standing Together initiative and the North Dakota Humanities Council. A second round of Warrior Words workshops will be held in Grand Forks, Minot, Dickinson and Fargo this autumn and are open to any men or women who have served in the US armed forces, from the Jamestown Sun.
The Illinois Humanities Council will be hosting a veterans book group in Danville, IL from now through February thanks to the NEH’s Standing Together initiative. The group will be facilitated by John Fundator, a US Army veteran, and Jennifer Satterlee, professor of humanities at Parkland College. Readings will include works ranging from Stephen Crane’s short story “The Veteran” to recently published works by Phil Klay, a veteran of the Iraq War, from the Commercial News.