Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in New Hampshire received almost $4.6 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New Hampshire Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.
Below are some examples.
- Supported by a $250,000 grant, scholars at Dartmouth College published a digital edition and website of the works of the Mohegan intertribal leader Samson Occom. A student of Dartmouth’s founder, Occom was one of the most important Native American intellectuals of the eighteenth century.
- The New Hampshire State Library received two grants totaling $10,850 to assess the conservation needs of its historical maps, atlases, and imprints. The imprints collection comprises 850 books produced between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, including Daniel Fowle’s 1756 Good News from a Far Country, the first book ever printed in New Hampshire.
- With a $200,000 education programs grant, Keene State College developed five online teaching modules on the life and times of Helen Keller. The project, a collaborative effort of the college, Straight Ahead Pictures, and the Hampshire Education Collaborative, created secondary and higher education materials, disseminated in conjunction with a public television documentary, Becoming Helen Keller.
- The University of New Hampshire’s Center for New England Culture and the Portsmouth Historical Society received a $40,000 grant to develop an exhibition detailing the rich history of Portsmouth, expand the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, and create a new Footsteps of Washington trail. The walking tours connect historic sites and homes throughout the city.
- Franklin Pierce Manse in Concord, the only surviving home that the fourteenth president owned and lived in, has been awarded a $4,700 grant to enhance its environmental monitoring system. Now a museum, it houses eighty-five artifacts that belonged to Pierce or his immediate family, and two hundred other objects dating from the 1840s.
- Saint Anselm College in Manchester received a $25,000 grant to plan and implement an under-graduate course on liberty and justice in the contemporary world. Students read Tocqueville, Rousseau, and Milton, among others, and participate in a community-based research project exploring real-world ramifications of their coursework.
- An interdisciplinary team at Dartmouth has created an open source electronic game for archival data systems called Metadata Games. The software, developed with the assistance of a $49,000 digital humanities start-up grant, uses “crowdsourcing” to generate reliable descriptive tags for digitized archival materials.
- Over the last five years, Humanities to Go, the New Hampshire Humanities Council’s speakers bureau, has received $252,000 in grants. The program offers 180 different lectures and living history presentations, with topics ranging from abolitionism in New Hampshire to the life and work of Margaret Bourke-White.