Between 2006 and 2010, institutions and individuals in Oregon received $7 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Oregon Humanities for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage. Below are some examples.
- As part of the National Digital Newspaper Program, an NEH–Library of Congress partnership, the University of Oregon, Eugene, is digitizing about 100,000 pages of historic newspapers such as the Daily Morning Astorian and the Sumpter Miner from 1860 to 1922. Supporting this work is a $365,000 grant.
- Humanity in Perspective, a program of Oregon Humanities in collaboration with Reed College and Willamette University, is a college-level course in the humanities offered free to financially disadvantaged adults without a college education. Taught in Portland and in Salem, the course has also been offered at Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute.
- Andrew Schulz at the University of Oregon, Eugene, received a $50,000 research grant to work on his book about the influence of Muslim art and architecture on modern Spanish culture.
- Aided by a $144,000 grant, the Oregon Historical Society has developed the Oregon Time Web, a digital teaching resource. Students and teachers can access lesson material along with primary sources from the society’s collection as they build their own Oregon history timelines.
- Portland State University received a $150,000 collaborative research grant to analyze archeological findings from ten Native American households discovered along the Pacific coast on the sites of fur-trading communities dating back as far as the 1400s. Two books, scholarly papers, and public presentations are expected to result.
- The Oregon Petrarch Open Book, a project based at the University of Oregon, Eugene, assembles translations and contemporaneous commentaries related to a collection of the Renaissance Italian writer’s poems, the Canzoniere. New enhancements, made possible in part by a $50,000 digital startup grant, will strengthen the structure of this web-based resource to support international collaboration.
- The main branch of the Lake County Library District, in Lakeview, long ago outgrew its county courthouse home. Awarded a challenge grant of $300,000, the district has raised $900,000 for a new home for the library and its humanities collections.
- Nahuatl, an important Mexican indigenous language, retains only a small, aging population of speakers. It is the object of a new lexical database at the University of Oregon, Eugene, supported by a $350,000 preservation grant. This online resource will include the language’s first-ever monolingual dictionary and other materials documenting Nahuatl from its classical era to modern times.
- Oregon Humanities supports annual teachers’ institutes at which secondary and high school teachers study with leading scholars on such important humanities topics as immigration in the United States, the history and future of work, and the cultural legacy of modern science.