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April 2012

the latest from Suite 603

April 11, 2012

Check out NEH's New Website

One of five images that rotate on the front page of NEH's new website is from the Maryland Humanities Council. Click on the image to begin to discover how exciting the humanities are!
The Federal/State Partnership website is now part of the NEH website
You are the stars
Twitter feeds are all over the NEH website
Nuts and bolts
Explore the humanities

Read NEH's press release about the launch of the new website.

Judy Havemann, Director of Communications, takes the NEH staff on a tour of the new website.

The Federal/State Partnership website is now part of the NEH website

In her introduction of the new NEH website to the staff yesterday, Judy Havemann, Director of Communications, pointed out that, "The main rotator on the home page holds five stories at a time. One of them will almost always be from HUMANITIES Magazine, one from EDSITEment, and one from the state councils. The Oyster Wars Story is an example of a story coming from the state humanities councils. In this case Maryland, which once instituted an oyster navy to protect its oyster industry."

The work of state humanities councils appears throughout the site. The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' Encyclopedia Virginia, for instance, is the featured project on the Division of Preservation and Access's front page and the Vermont Humanities Council's new home in Montpelier is a featured project of the Office of Challenge Grants.

Councils truly shine on the Federal/State Partnership pages.

While our old website,, still exists, we are thrilled that just about everything that is on the separate Federal/State Partnership website is now fully integrated into the NEH website. We like the convenience and we especially like the fact that we are now electronically part of the whole.

Another very exciting effect of the new website is that Google is very attuned to it. You can google "Federal/State Partnership" and actually find us!

The Federal/State Partnership pages,, will provide you all the information you need to work with our office. You will also see many stories about state humanities council projects. Right up front, you'll see the Emmett Till project that the Mississippi Humanities Council has funded in many different forms over the years.

You will also find that you and your work are shown as part of NEH in the About section of the website. It is there that you will find the contact information for all 56 councils. Take a look at it. If there's anything that needs to be updated, let Kathleen Mitchell know and she'll fix it right away.

You are the stars

Federal/State Partnership's new logo is your logos-brought up to date. The image is on Federal/State Partnership's "about" page and throughout our pages. Click on images to see a large version.
Federal/State Partnership's new logo is your logos—brought up to date. The image is on Federal/State Partnership's "about" page and throughout our pages. Click on images to see a large version.

Judy Havemann and the web designer, Mark Burr, have commented on what terrific material our office has posted on the new site. That's because of the great work that you do!

We continue to need your stories and photographs for the Featured Projects on our front page and our In the Field section. When you send photographs—and we would love to have many photographs, please keep in mind that the maximum file size is 512 KB, the allowed file extensions are png, gif, jpg, and jpeg. Images must be between 620x370 pixels and 1000x1000 pixels. The resolution should be 72 pixels/inch. We will need to know who took the photograph and who should receive credit for our permission to use it.

Meg Ferris has done a fine job collecting all of your logos and updating our logo of logos. It's now on the header of this e-newsletter, is on many of the web articles that pertain to Federal/State Partnership's work, and will be on the old website shortly.

Twitter feeds are all over the NEH website!/NEH_FedState

The NEH website features each division's and office's Twitter feed on the front page of that section. You can find Federal/State Partnership's feed at We do our best to follow you and, if you're not already following us, please do so. We frequently re-tweet your postings so as to expand the range of your work and the work of the humanities at large. Twitter and Facebook are two key places we check regularly to find stories about your work.

Nuts and bolts

Federal/State Partnership's Grant News section provides all the information you need about the funding formula for general operating support grants and provides links to grant management tools. It also includes information about annual compliance plans (they're due on June 1) and the five-year cycles of self-assessment reports and site visits. Find out about the 2012-2013 general liability insurance policies there, as well.

State humanities councils can apply for grants from all NEH divisions and offices. The new website makes it easy to find out what NEH has to offer in its Grants section.

Federal/State Partnership's Resource Library will likely be a growing part of our web pages. It is where you will find the information and materials for Making Sense of the American Civil War, the legislation that covers state humanities councils, and what was the Federal/State Partnership resource section in the old website. On that particular page, you can find NEH resources, resources and links for nonprofits, and resources and links for grantmakers. Our newsletter archive can be found there as well as the bios of the four of us who work in Federal/State Partnership.

Each division and office has a Resource Library. The Office of Digital Humanities has an especially rich one.

Explore the humanities

Never before has NEH really showcased the humanities work that it has supported all these decades. The Explore section of the website does that—with page after page of colorful and intriguing images that link to humanities projects all around the nation.

There are ten pages of image links that provide a composite view of the expansive and pathbreaking work that NEH accomplishes through its grants.

Humanities magazine is also online. One of the best parts is that your can read about state humanities council executives in their own In Focus section. The Statements section of the magazine often features projects of state humanities councils, such as the project by the Minnesota Humanities Center on "Why Treaties Matter" which is also one of Federal/State Partnership's Featured Projects.

At the bottom of each page of the website are links to EDSITEment, Bridging Cultures, and Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Below these image links is a site map to the entire website and its over 4,000 pages.

National Endowment for the Humanities
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 603
Washington, DC 20506
202.606.8254, main number
202.606.8365, fax

Edie Manza, director [ about ]
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer [ about ]
Meg Ferris, program analyst [ about ]
Shirley Newman, program assistant [ about ]

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National Endowment for the Humanities

Federal/State Partnership is the liaison between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the nonprofit network of 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils