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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Iowa received $5.2 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Humanities Iowa for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • Following the devastating floods of 2008, NEH awarded $116,700 in emergency grants to seven institutions to restore damaged pieces of Iowa’s cultural heritage, including a historic Barton Theatre organ, materials in the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, and an 1876 Coralville schoolhouse.
  • Through a challenge grant, the Dubuque County Historical Society has received $600,000 and so far raised $1.7 million in private funds to support a director of interpretation and humanities programming at its three museums, visited by more than 200,000 people each year.
  • Luther College, Decorah, received $170,000 to sponsor a five-week summer institute for thirty high school teachers on the history and relevance of the Holocaust.
  • The first comprehensive digital Sanskrit lexical reference is being developed by the Maharishi University of Management in Maharishi Vedic City in cooperation with the Cologne Digital SanskritLexicon, with help from a $178,000 grant.
  • About 100,000 pages of historic Iowa newspapers, such as the black-owned Iowa Bystander and the Cedar Rapids Republican, from 1836 to 1922 are being digitized by the State Historical Society of Iowa, with support from a $300,000 grant. This work is part of Chronicling America, an NEH collaboration with the Library of Congress.
  • Eighty schoolteachers spent a week studying the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in Mason City with the assistance of a $180,000 grant.
  • The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn received a $2,000 grant to offset costs for supplies and equipment to store 800 paintings, photographs, and works on paper illuminating the history of Danish Americans.
  • The German American Heritage Center, Davenport, received $5,000 to develop a long-range plan to care for its letters, photographs, artifacts, and documents relating to German immigration in the area from 1795 to the present.
  • In 2009, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev’s visit to the Coon Rapids, Iowa, farm of Roswell Garst, Humanities Iowa sponsored a three-day conference and a new play based on that historic meeting and subsequent friendship.
  • More than eight thousand cyclists who come to Iowa every year for RAGBRAI  (the Des Moines Register ’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) can also learn about Iowa’s archaeological heritage at sites and small towns across the state, thanks to support from Humanities Iowa provided to the Office of the State Archaeologist.