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Featured Projects: Preservation and Access

What's What Clearwater December 1964
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NEH’s First Community Archiving Program is Underway

Learn about our new grant program: Common Heritage.

Posted: March 2, 2016
African American Newspapers
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Chronicling America Dispatches: “Published for the elevation of our race”: Ten historical African American South Carolina newspapers in Chronicling America

Much has been written about the African American experience, but there are few primary resources written from an African American perspective that are as rich in content, and as freely accessible, as the almost fifty historic African American newspapers now available in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Posted: February 17, 2016
“St. Valentine’s Day.”  The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  (Seattle, Washington) F
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Love and Commerce

Is Valentine’s Day just a business opportunity for greeting card companies, as is often complained?  The February 14 holiday has roots in the ancient Roman fertility celebration of Lu

Posted: February 8, 2016
Knickerbocker Theatre in the storm of 1922
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Winter Takes Over the News: The 1922 “Knickerbocker Storm” in Chronicling America

As the Mid-Atlantic continues to dig out from this weekend's massive snowstorm, meteorologists have turned to the record books to see where this event ranks among history’s most extreme winter outbursts.

Posted: January 29, 2016
“Viva La Comune!”  Cronaca Sovversiva.  (Barre, Vermont) March 19, 1910.
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The Anarchist’s Chronicle

Anti-government sentiment and violence loom large in the United States today, but many Americans have never heard of the radicals who sought to overthrow the government using violent means a century ago.

Posted: January 13, 2016
In the Light of the Moon.  Iron County Register.
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Superstitions and Celebrations: Halloween History in Chronicling America

It’s time for spirits, fairies, ghosts, and ghouls!  Halloween originated in the ancient Celtic festival of the dead Samhain (“summer’s end”) and later Christian celebrations of martyrs and saints (“All Saints Day” or “All Hallows”). The historic newspapers in Chronicling America show that in the 19th and early 20th centuries Americans both disparaged and delighted in, and ultimately borrowed from, old world traditions involving the supernatural, divination, and trickery.

Posted: October 23, 2015
Panel: Family History Research Using Chronicling America
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Dispatches from the National Digital Newspaper Program Annual Meeting

Since 2005, the National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between NEH, the Library of Congress (LC), and state institutions, has sought to bring open access to historic American newspapers to the general public.  The product of that partnership, the Chronicling America website, now holds 10 million digitized newspaper pages from 40 state and territorial partners.

Posted: October 8, 2015
Maps of NDNP State Partners
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Wisconsin and Delaware Join the National Digital Newspaper Program

We are happy to announce that two new partners have joined the National Digital Newspaper Program!  NEH has made awards to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and the University of Delaware to digitize newspapers from their states.

Posted: August 25, 2015
Aerial view of the Giza Necropolis, looking west
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Preserving the Cultural Heritage of the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean World

With the ongoing destruction of cultural sites and collections in the Middle East, the protection of archaeological and historical resources in that important region has become an international priority. Through the Division of Preservation and Access the NEH is working to preserve and make accessible large and valuable collections of art and archaeological remains, cuneiform texts, seal impressions, and coins and manuscripts from the Near East and across the Mediterranean.

Posted: July 7, 2015
What Shall We Do With the Fourth?
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Bonfires, Greased Pig Races, Pickle Contests, and More: Historic Fourth of July Celebrations from Chronicling America

When was the last time you celebrated the Fourth of July by participating in a greased pig competition, a velocipede race, or a pickle contest? The historic newspapers in Chronicling America reveal that over time, Americans have interpreted this celebration in very different ways.

Posted: June 22, 2015