NEH in the News
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.
On November 8, the Oceanside Public Library in Oceanside, CA will host their first ever “Walk a Mile in Their Boots” fair focused on giving civilians a better insight to military life and showcasing programs for active duty military, veterans and their families thanks to an NEH grant. The fair will include a children’s boot camp run by the Camp Pendleton Young Marines, a sampling of MRE rations, information on job training and work searches, and the painting of a community mural, from the Coast News.
Arizona Humanities, through a NEH grant and a partnership with ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center, is sponsoring a book club for veterans to create a safe space for vets to talk about their experiences, address issues of communication, and explore literature focused on the experience of war and its meaning. Meetings will be held at the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix through December 10, from ASU News.
James McBride, current winner of the National Book Award for fiction, will be speaking at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, MA on Oct 22 as part of their new author series, partly funded by NEH. McBride will be reading from his work The Good Lord Bird, a novel about fictional and real-life historical figures crossing paths during the Bleeding Kansas era, from the Lawrence Journal-World.