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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Kansas received $6 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kansas Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • About 100,000 pages of historic Kansas newspapers, such as the Abilene Reflector and the Thomas County Cat, from 1860 to 1922 are being digitized at the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, with support from a $454,000 grant. This work is part of Chronicling America, an NEH collaboration with the Library of Congress.
  • A $485,000 challenge grant to endow a faculty position in philosophy and ethics at Donnelly College has sparked the raising of $970,000 in private funds for the Kansas City school, a two-year college that is the only federally designated Minority-Serving Institution in its four-state region.
  • A $200,000 grant to the University of Kansas, Lawrence, enabled thirty high school teachers to participate in a two-week summer institute with top scholars exploring the work of twentieth-century American novelist Richard Wright, author of Black Boy.
  • A $25,000 grant made it possible for faculty and students at Kansas State University, Manhattan, to develop an online repository of primary documents to preserve the history of rural Kansas.
  • The history of World War I and the war’s impact on the United States was the subject of an intensive five-week summer seminar for sixteen schoolteachers at the University of Kansas. The seminar was supported by a $140,000 grant.
  • Sherrie Tucker, an associate professor at the University of Kansas, received a $50,400 NEH fellowship to complete her oral history-based book on the Hollywood Canteen, a nightclub where members of the guilds and unions of the motion picture industry, including stars such as Bette Davis and the Andrews Sisters, entertained military personnel during World War II.
  • The National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, has used a $5,000 grant to purchase furniture and supplies to preserve and rehouse its collection of documents and other primary materials on the Orphan Train Movement, which found homes for thousands of children across the U.S. from1854 to 1930.
  • In 2011, the traveling exhibition Kansans Tell Their Stories visited seven communities across the state. Begun in 2004, this project is supported by the Kansas Humanities Council and includes films, oral histories, and community discussions.
  • In 2011, nonprofit organizations throughout the state booked one free Speakers Bureau presentation in conjunction with Kansas’s Sesquicentennial. The Kansas Humanities Council sponsors seventy-one distinct Speakers Bureau presentations related to Kansas history and culture.
  • Every year KTWU in Topeka produces and airs a 13-part series of half-hour television documentaries supported by the Kansas Humanities Council called Sunflower Journeys. Subjects range from barbershop music to cattle culture.