NEH in the News
A two-year NEH Chronicling America grant of $294,655 allowed the State Historical Society-Archives in Pierre, South Dakota to digitize and publicly share more than 17,000 microfilm rolls of historic newspapers originally published in the Mount Rushmore State between 1859 and 1922, from the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan.
In an era of constrained federal spending, the NEH and NEA highlight their fifty years of investing in American culture and scholarship with an eye toward cost-effectiveness, from the Los Angeles Times.
NEH Council member and President of Oberlin College, Marvin Krislov, pens an op-ed praising the NEH and NEA for disbursing over $13.8 billion in direct and leveraged grant funds since their creation, including support for several notable arts and humanities projects in Ohio, from the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Art reviewer Holland Cotter tours the Whitney Museum of American Art as it hosts the NEH-supported exhibit “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” and finds the exhibit “a tight, rich package” showing an “alternative version” of American modernism that contains “a complicated political and moral tenor," from the New York Times.
NPR Arts Editor Tom Cole interviews NEH Chairman William Adams and NEA Chairman Jane Chu on the history of the two agencies as they both mark their 50th anniversary since creation by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965, from NPR's All Things Considered.
Time magazine has published photos taken of the NEH’s most notable “McBee cards” – paper cards with notch-holes used to track and categorize grants before the advent of digital computing – including grants to Brando, Chomsky, Wiesel, former NEH Chairman Bruce Cole, and for “Treasures of Tutankhamun.”
The NEH-supported New York Botanical Garden show “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” is expected to surpass 500,000 visitors in total and may set a new attendance record for the site, outdoing its 2012 exhibition “Monet’s Garden” by more than 100,000 people, from the New York Times.
An op-ed triggered by the recent Humanities cover story on NEH’s support for the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” exhibit in the 1970s wherein the King Tut craze that swept the USA, and specifically New Orleans, is remembered fondly – not only for its diplomatic and historical value, but also for the visitors, money, and unique celebratory atmosphere it brought to the Big Easy, from the Baton Rouge Advocate.