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June 2008

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June 27, 2008

Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades launches its online encyclopedia

A new online encyclopedia: Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades makes it easy to learn about Puerto Rico at
Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico
Western executive directors head to Honolulu and program officers go to Big Sky Country
NEH offers $1M in emergency flood relief
Meet Laura Miller, Federal/State Partnership's summer intern
Resources for nonprofits from Third Sector New England

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for the Federal/State Partnership website:
"fedstate" & "partnership"

This website is a resource for executives, boards, and staff of state humanities councils. Join the Federal/State Partnership email list from the first page of the website.

Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico

The latest of the online encyclopedias developed by state humanities councils has just gone online. Created by the Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades, the Enciclopedia de Puerto Rico covers a full range of topics including arts, history and archaeology, government, language and literature, the Puerto Rican diaspora, and sports. The articles are supported by image galleries. The site includes easily reached dates and facts as well as trivia questions.

At the Enciclopedia site you can learn, for instance ("Puerto Rican Diaspora/Puerto Rican Diaspora in the United States" Encyclopedia of Puerto Rico. Retrieved June 27, 2008:, that

According to demographic data from the 2000 census, the total number of Puerto Ricans living in the mainland United States reached 3.4 million, compared to the population of Puerto Rico, which stood at 3.8 million. These figures reveal an interesting demographic phenomenon, since by the year 2010 the total population of the U.S. Puerto Rican diaspora will surpass that of the island of Puerto Rico.

There is a tendency to think that Puerto Rican migration to the United States is a pattern that began in the mid-20th century. While it is true that the mass exodus of the 1940s and 1950s has yet to be exceeded, the presence of Puerto Ricans in various U.S. cities in fact dates back to the second half of the 19th century, considerably predating the Spanish-American War (also known as the Spanish-Cuban-American War), and the U.S. invasion of Puerto Rico in 1898, when Spain was forced to cede its remaining colonies to the United States.

Western executive directors head to Honolulu and program officers go to Big Sky Country

Executive directors from councils in the western U.S. and Pacific will meet in Honolulu July 1-3. Bob Buss, Executive Director, and the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities are the hosts. Program officers from councils around the network are meeting in Missoula July 10-12. Kim Anderson, Associate Director for Programs, and Humanities Montana are organizing and hosting this annual meeting.

NEH offers $1M in emergency flood relief

Flooding in Fenton, Missouri (Getty Images)
Flooding in Fenton, Missouri (Getty Images)
Responding to the floods in the Midwest, Chairman Bruce Cole announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will provide up to $1 million in disaster recovery assistance to libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions in the Midwest affected by the recent flooding. The goal is to ensure the survival of significant collections of our cultural heritage threatened by the floods.

Affected institutions in federally designated disaster areas may apply immediately for emergency grants of up to $20,000 to salvage, protect, and treat historical collections damaged by the flooding. Such collections may include manuscripts, historical records, art and artifacts, recorded sound, film and videotape, rare books, photographs, and other materials of cultural or historical significance.

Additionally, grants will be made to NEH-affiliated state humanities councils in affected states to help them assess the extent of the damage and to assist in the recovery efforts of hard-hit areas.

Emergency grants may cover expenses for hiring preservation professionals to assess damage to collections and advise on treatment; removal of collections to climate-controlled storage; freeze-drying of wet, paper-based materials; purchase of fans, de-humidifiers, and salvage supplies; conservation treatment of collection materials; and similar preservation efforts.

Meet Laura Miller, Federal/State Partnership's summer intern

Laura Miller, a 2007 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, has joined Federal/State Partnership as our summer intern. Laura has a B.A. in International Development Studies and, in September, will begin a masters program in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London. Laura has a great interest in history and international relations and a deep commitment to public health.

She will be working with the We the People projects of the state humanities councils and assisting Dwan Reece in her review of the annual compliance plans submitted at the first of the month. If Laura calls or emails you with questions, please welcome her and help her in every way that you can. Laura can be reached at lmiller[at]neh[dot]gov or at 202.208.7108.

Resources for nonprofits from Third Sector New England

Federal/State Partnership became more conscious of the resources of Third Sector New England when Kathleen Mitchell participated in the site visit to the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities last week with Dorothy (Deedee) Schwartz, director emerita of the Maine Humanities Council, and Deborah Linnell, director of programs at TSNE. Deborah has written a number of key articles for Nonprofit Quarterly. Links to two of them are available on the Federal/State Partnership website.

Third Sector New England provides an online library of articles and podcasts on budget/financebuilding capacity, communications, diversity, fundraising, information technology, leadership, on a shoestring, and social responsibility.

More resources for nonprofits are available at the Federal/State Partnership's website (logon "fedstate" password "partnership").

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
Kathleen Mitchell, senior program officer
Shirley Newman, program assistant
Dwan Reece, senior program officer
Laura Miller, intern

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