NEH in the News
The NEH traveling exhibit “Our Lives, Our Stories: America’s Greatest Generation” will be exhibited at the Bell County Museum in Belton, TX until August 11. The exhibit profiles the ‘greatest generation’ – those born between 1909 and 1930 who came of age during World War II – and the changes and accomplishments they brought to US and world history, from the Killeen Daily Herald.
Bryn Mawr College was awarded a one-year $39,650 NEH grant to create a digital archive of the Seven Sisters schools. The Special Collections department at Bryn Mawr will work on compiling and digitizing materials from each of the colleges’ libraries and will start by focusing on the first generation of students from each school, from Technical.ly/Philly.
The National Digital Newspaper Project in Ohio is hard at work digitizing 100,000 pages from 17 historic Ohio newspapers that they will add to the Chronicling America website later this summer. Their work is supported by a joint grant of $248,600 from the NEH and the Library of Congress, from the Toledo Blade.
For the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, Ann Elizabeth Armstrong, theatre professor at Ohio’s Miami University, is developing an interactive app that explores the role and involvement of the Western College for Women in the Freedom Summer movement thanks to a $60,000 NEH grant. The Western College for Women – now integrated into the campus of Miami University – sent over 800 volunteers to Mississippi in 1964 to register black voters, and Prof. Armstrong hopes to roll out the app telling these volunteers’ stories by autumn this year, from WHIO-TV.
Trent Kissinger, sixth-grade math and science teacher at Charles Ellis Montessori Academy in Savannah, GA has been chosen to attend an NEH-supported Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop. He will attend the week-long program “The American Skyscraper: Transforming Chicago and the Nation” this July, from the Savannah Morning News.
11 Idaho newspapers will be digitized by the Idaho State Historical Society thanks to an NEH National Digital Newspaper Project grant of $277,000. 100,000 pages of historic Idaho newspapers will be digitized and available free to the public by July 1, 2015, from the Idaho Press.
Shaina Mirsky, a Language Arts teacher at Readington Middle School in New Jersey, will be attending the “Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place” teachers workshop in Amherst, MA this summer thanks to an NEH grant. Ms. Mirky and other participants will focus on understanding the development of Dickinson’s poetry in the context of her contemporary era and collaborate on developing new teaching strategies to use in their classrooms upon return, from the Hunterdon County Democrat.
The Museum of the City of New York has received a $125,000 grant from the NEH to support its project “Illuminating New York City History through Material Culture.” The project focuses on increasing public access to over 6,500 objects – including handbills, pamphlets, menus, medals, badges, souvenirs, and textiles –via a full cataloguing, digitizing, and rehousing of each item, from Broadway World.
The Walters Art Museum of Baltimore has received $500,000 in new grants from federal agencies, including the NEH, to support an upcoming exhibition on Islamic art in fall 2015, from the Washington Post.
The Indiana State Library – recipient of two NEH Chronicling America grants – is working swiftly to digitally preserve the state’s important, but deteriorating, collection of old newspapers. The project’s current goal is to have a newspaper from each county in Indiana digitized by the time of the state’s bicentennial celebrations in 2016, from the Times of Northwest Indiana.