NEH in the News
The National Endowment for the Humanities has launched a new ‘Public Scholar’ awards program to encourage the publication of nonfiction books that combine rigorous humanities scholarship with subjects of mass public interest and appeal. The program is open to both independent scholars and individuals affiliated with scholarly institutions and offers a maximum stipend of $50,400 for a one year period, from the University Herald.
The Historical Atlas of Maine, a work that covers all aspects of Maine’s history and geography for the last 13,000 years, will be published in December after fifteen years of work by University of Maine researchers. The 208-page work contains 367 original maps, 112 original charts, and 248 images in addition to text covering the history of Native and European settlement, the American Revolution, agriculture and industrial development, and tourism in the state. The atlas was funded by the Maine Legislature in 1999 and received an NEH grant to continue work in 2003, from the Penobscot Bay Pilot.
The University of Cambridge has published 12,000 pages of Darwin’s handwritten work regarding his theory of evolution online as part of the university’s Darwin Manuscripts Project. The project won early support with seed money from the NEH and NSF, from the Cambridge Student.
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.