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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Wisconsin received $10.2 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wisconsin Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • The University of Wisconsin, Madison, received two grants totaling $700,000 to support the final print volumes of the Dictionary of American Regional English, a seminal examination, fifty years in the making, of geographic variations in American English.
  • The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Adoption of the Bill of Rights has been cited in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and in numerous reviews. Twenty-four of its projected thirty volumes have been published and, with support from $845,000 in grants to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, work continues on volumes illuminating the history of the debate over ratification as it played out in North Carolina and Rhode Island.
  • The artifacts at the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, Superior, include a fully restored P-38 Lightning aircraft similar to one the museum’s namesake flew in the Pacific theater during World War II. The museum received two grants totaling $11,000 to plan and improve storage of its extensive wartime collection.
  • Stephen Edwin Karian at Marquette University received a $50,400 grant to research the Irish political context of Jonathan Swift’s poetry in preparation for annotating a four-volume Cambridge edition of Swift’s writings.
  • The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, received a $315,000 grant to preserve and share online 56,000 deteriorating nitrate negatives of historic photos of an international array of landscapes and streetscapes from the holdings of the American Geographical Society Library.
  • The Aldo Leopold Shack and Farm, Baraboo, where the pioneering conservationist and author of Sand County Almanac made a weekend farm and then lived with his wife and five children, received a $45,000 grant for interpretation.
  • Hundreds of students at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, take U.S. History to 1877 with Professor Michelle Marie Kuhl. Using a $12,600 teaching fellowship, she spent three months researching Wisconsin history to enrich the course by adding more local material.
  • The Wisconsin Humanities Council is supporting the traveling Smithsonian exhibition Key Ingredients, which stops at several venues around the state and is supplemented by local programming on agriculture, food, and cooking.
  • Making It Home, a program of the Wisconsin Humanities Council, has included film screenings, scholarly talks and other presentations on the themes of land, history, and cultural heritage, while inviting attendees to explore connections between people and place in open conversations.
  • The Military Veterans Museum of Oshkosh received a $10,000 grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council for its exhibition Eyewitnesses, Combatants and America’s Newest Veterans: The Iraq War in Retrospective.