NEH in the News
The library system at the University of Pennsylvania will be reconfiguring and expanding two online databases thanks to two NEH grants totaling $530,000. The Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts -- the largest online repository of data on Medieval and Early Modern manuscrupts – will be converted into a global open-access tool where scholars and students can collaborate thanks to the first grant while the second grant will allow the University will launch a new database of over 300,000 Indic-language digitized manuscripts that will be accessible by the general public, from The Daily Pennsylvanian.
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis re-opens its doors after a nearly two-year long period of renovation and installation of new exhibits, assisted by two NEH grants. Improvements include a new educational center, a replica of the US Supreme Court hearing the case of Brown vs. Board of Education, an exhibit on the March on Washington, and interactive displays with touch screens offering visitors the ability to view photos, video, text and audio about key civil rights themes and historical moments on a state-by-state basis, from HTR News.
The Memphis-based National Civil Rights Museum has re-opened after an extensive $28 million redesign -- assisted in part by two NEH grants -- including a new two-story lobby, touch screen videos and exhibits, and 52,000 sq. feet of new and improved exhibit space. The reviewer notes that the NCRM’s renovations now place it as setting the ‘standard for museums exploring civil rights’ amidst a growing crowd of new civil rights-focused museums being opened across the South, from the New York Times.
The New York Public Library has published online more than 20,000 historical maps that are now free and open to public use under a Creative Commons public domain license. The maps required almost 15 years of effort to scan and categorize, and the effort was partly funded by two NEH grants in 2001 and 2010, from Ubergizmo.
The NEH-funded “House and Home” traveling exhibition will be opening at the Beatrice Public Library in Beatrice, NE on April 4. The exhibit features a 1,600 sq. foot display including furniture, building materials, photographs, films and interactive components focused on telling the history of American homes. Many institutions in the Beatrice area, including the Gage County Museum and Southeast Community College, are teaming up with the library to host discussion groups and other exhibits tied into the “House and home” theme, from the Beatrice Daily Sun.
Seven humanities projects in the state of Virginia will be funded per the latest NEH council decisions, including $300,000 for a project to catalog and digitize almost 400,000 artifacts from the Hermitage – the former home of President Andrew Jackson. Other recipients include the University of Virginia, the Library of Virginia Foundation, the University of Richmond, Sweet Briar College, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, from The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Fairfield University’s Ballarmine Museum of Art in Fairfield, CT will be presenting “La Ragnatela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from the Corning Museum of Glass” from April 10 through June 13. The exhibit is partly funded by the NEH and will feature 33 unique glass vases crafted by Seguso along with five distinct pieces focusing on themes from Easter, from the Fairfield Sun.
The Adamstown Area Library will be participating in the NEH- and Sundance-supported Film Forward film series, offering two free screenings of Twenty Feet from Stardom and If You Build It at sites in Adamstown and Denver, PA on April 17 and April 25. Both movies are American documentaries that have been entered into the Film Forward festival which promotes cultural dialogue through independent documentary and narrative film, from the Cocalico News.
The multimedia exhibit “Let the Church Say Amen: Rocky Fork Church in Voice and Vision” will remain open at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, IL through March 27, an additional six days beyond its original closing date of March 21. The Rocky Fork exhibit is being presented with funding from the NEH as part of the Lewis and Clark Arts and Humanities Project, from The Telegraph.