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NEH Announces Landmarks of American History and Culture Grants

National teacher workshops at 26 U.S. historic sites invite applications

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 11, 2006)--The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that the 2006 Landmarks of American History and Culture teacher workshops will be held this summer at 26 historic and cultural sites across the United States, with 19 for K-12 teachers and seven for community college faculty. NEH established the grant program for Landmarks of American History and Culture as part of the Endowment's We the People initiative to encourage and strengthen the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.

These residence-based, week-long workshops will bring up to 1,935 school teachers and 350 community college teachers together with scholars for a week of intensive study on history and literature associated with each historic site.

"Amazing things happen when you bring teachers who love learning to historic places to work with some of the nation's finest scholars," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. "History becomes so much more than dates to memorize or pictures on a page; it takes on the sights, sounds, and images of what really happened. The experiences gained at these workshops will affect teachers for a lifetime and their students for years to come."

Teachers from across the U.S. may apply to participate in these academically rigorous workshops; those selected will receive a stipend of $500 each to help defray their transportation, books, and living expenses.

Public, private, parochial, and home-school elementary and secondary educators may apply by March 15, 2006, to one or two of the following workshops for K-12 teachers:

  • "Shaping the Constitution: A View from Mount Vernon, 1783-1789"
    June 19-23, July 17-21, and August 7-11, 2006
    Location: Mount Vernon, Alexandria, Va.
    Sponsor: Bill of Rights Institute, Arlington, Va.
  • "A Vast and Many Voiced Creation: Congress and the Capitol"
    July 31-August 4 and August 7-11, 2006
    Locations: The U.S. Capitol and The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
    Sponsor: Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif.
  • "Landmarks of the Underground Railroad: From Christiana to Harpers Ferry"
    July 17-21 and July 24-28, 2006
    Locations: Lancaster County, Pa., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va.
    Sponsor: Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.
  • "Pearl Harbor: History, Memory, Memorial"
    June 25-30 and July 23-28, 2006
    Locations: East-West Center and USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu, Hawai'i
    Sponsor: East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawai'i
  • "Between Columbus and Jamestown: Spanish St. Augustine"
    June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8, and July 10-15, 2006
    Location: Flagler College, St. Augustine, Fla.
    Sponsor: Florida Humanities Council
  • "The Miami Beach Art Deco District: Using Buildings to Tell Stories"
    June 26-30 and July 10-14, 2006
    Locations: The Wolfsonian-Florida International University and the Miami Design Preservation League, Miami Beach, Fla.
    Sponsor: Florida International University, Miami Beach, Fla.
  • "America's Industrial Revolution"
    June 25-30 and July 16-21, 2006
    Location: The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich.
    Sponsor: The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Mich.
  • "James Madison and Constitutional Citizenship"
    June 17-24 and June 25-July 2, 2006
    Locations: James Madison's Montpelier and Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Va.
    Sponsor: Montpelier Foundation, Orange, Va.
  • "Mark Twain in the Gilded Age: The Hartford Years"
    July 10-14 and July 24-28, 2006
    Location: The Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Conn.
    Sponsor: The Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Conn.
  • "Fort Snelling: A Contentious Ground"
    July 10-14 and July 24-28, 2006
    Location: Historic Fort Snelling, St. Paul, Minn.
    Sponsor: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, Minn.
  • "A Revolution in Government: Philadelphia, American Independence, and the Constitution, 1765-1791"
    July 10-14 and July 24-28, 2006
    Locations: National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, Declaration House, Franklin Court, Carpenter's Hall, and other historic sites in Philadelphia, Pa.
    Sponsor: National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • "Crossroads of Empire: Cultural Exchange and Imperial Rivalry at Old Fort Niagara"
    July 10-14 and July 24-28, 2006
    Location: Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, N.Y.
    Sponsor: Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • "Crafting Freedom: Thomas Day and Elizabeth Keckly, Black Artisans and Entrepreneurs in the Making of America"
    June 22-27 and July 13-18, 2006
    Locations: The North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh; Stagville Plantation, Durham; the Union Tavern, Milton; the Burwell School, Hillsborough; and other sites in North Carolina
    Sponsor: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, N.C.
  • "Ellis Island, Public Health and Immigration, 1900-1924"
    July 23-29 and July 30-August 5, 2006
    Locations: Ellis Island and New York City
    Sponsor: Save Ellis Island, Gladstone, N.J.
  • "Silver Mining in the West: Conflict and Community on the Frontier"
    June 19-23 and July 10-14, 2006
    Locations: Wallace, Idaho; Cataldo Mission, Pulaski site, Bunker Hill Superfund site, and other Coeur d'Alene mining district locations in Idaho
    Sponsor: University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
  • "The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson, and America, 1801-1861"
    June 25-30 and July 9-14, 2006
    Location: The Hermitage, Nashville, Tenn.
    Sponsor: Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • "Inventing America: Lowell and the Industrial Revolution"
    June 26-30, July 10-14, and July 31-August 4, 2006
    Locations: Lowell National Historical Park, Old Sturbridge Village, and various sites in Concord, Mass.
    Sponsor: University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Mass.
  • "Women's Suffrage on the Western Frontier"
    July 16-21 and July 23-28, 2006
    Locations: American Heritage Center, Laramie, Wyo.; South Pass National Historic Landmark and South Pass City State Historic Site, Lander, Wyo.; and Wyoming State Capitol National Historic Landmark, Cheyenne, Wyo.
    Sponsor: University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.
  • "Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of America"
    (This workshop is co-funded by NEH and The Pew Charitable Trusts.)
    June 26-30 and July 3-8, 2006
    Locations: Villanova University and historic sites in Philadelphia, Pa., including The Library Company, Independence Hall, Stenton Mansion, University of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Constitution Center
    Sponsor: Villanova University, Villanova, Pa.

Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops for community college faculty will bring groups of 25 community college faculty from around the nation together with eminent scholars for a week of intensive study of the history and literature associated with each historic site.

Community college faculty may apply by March 15, 2006, to one or two of the following workshops:

Teachers who wish to apply for the 2006 NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops can find detailed application information for both programs (for K-12 teachers and community college faculty) on NEH's Web site. Applications materials are submitted directly to the workshops' project directors.

  • "Encountering John Adams: Braintree and Boston"
    July 9-15 and July 16-22, 2006
    Locations: Boston and Quincy, Mass.
    Sponsor: Boston College, 517 McGuinn Hall, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
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  • "Concord, Massachusetts and American Utopian Thought in the Early 19th Century"
    July 9-15 and July 16-22, 2006
    Locations: Concord, Canterbury Shaker Village, Brook Farm, Walden Pond, Fruitlands, The School of Philosophy at the Orchard House Museum, Ralph Waldo Emerson Home, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Old Manse Museum in Massachusetts
    Sponsor: Community College Humanities Association, Newark, N.J.
  • "Henry Ford and the History of American Industry, Labor, and Culture"
    June 18-23 and June 25-30, 2006
    Locations: Ford Rouge Factory Complex, the Diego Rivera Murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Henry Ford Museum and Village, the Piquette (Model T) Ford Plant, the Benson Ford Archives, the Burton Archives, the Walter Reuther Archives in and around Dearborn, Mich.
    Sponsor: Henry Ford Community College, Dearborn, Mich.
  • "Working the Woods: Economies and Cultures of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 1650-1950"
    May 28-June 2 and June 18-23, 2006
    Locations: Kituah Cherokee heritage site, The Vance Birthplace Pioneer Homestead, the Blue Ridge Paper Company's Canton Mill Museum, and the Cradle of Forestry in America in North Carolina
    Sponsor: Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, N.C.
  • "Mounds, Earthworks, and the Pre-History of the Ohio Valley"
    July 9-15 and July 23-29, 2006
    Locations: The Ohio Historical Society, Columbus; Flint Ridge State Memorial and the Newark Earthworks, Newark; Ft. Ancient Earthworks, Lebanon; the Serpent Mound, Peebles; SunWatch Village, Dayton; and Pickawillany and Piqua Historical Areas, Piqua, Ohio
    Sponsor: Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio
  • "Untarnishing the Gilded Age: American Politics and Culture, 1870-1901"
    May 15-19 and May 22-26, 2006
    Locations: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center; James A. Garfield National Historical Site, Lawnfield; and Millionaires' Row, Cleveland, Ohio
    Sponsor: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, Ohio
  • "Mammoth Cave: People, Place, and History"
    July 16-21 and July 23-28, 2006
    Location: Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky.
    Sponsor: Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Bowling Green, Ky.

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