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2012 Summertime Reading List Image
Posted: June 1, 2012

Summertime Favorites

Summertime Favorites, a list of recommended readings, represents NEH's long-standing effort to highlight classic literature for young people from kindergarten through eighth grade. 

BackStory with the American History Guys bobblehead caricatures
Posted: May 9, 2012

BackStory Radio Goes Weekly

BackStory, an NEH-funded radio show on history, launches weekly programming, starting with "Born in the USA: A History of Birth" featuring the American History Guys: University of Virginia professors Brian Balogh, Peter Onuf and University of Richmond President Ed Ayres.

Wendell Berry
Posted: April 25, 2012

2012 Jefferson Lecture with Wendell Berry

Read the text of the 2012 Jefferson Lecture by poet-novelist-farmer Wendell E. Berry or watch video of the event online.

Claim regarding Philip Meredith, slave of General Robert E. Lee
Posted: April 12, 2012

150 Years Ago: Compensated Emancipation

What is the value of a person?  A rare glimpse of slaves' lives emerges from 1862 emancipation documents, digitized through an NEH grant.

NEH Chairman's Commendation
Posted: April 6, 2012

A Life of Results

Philip Lampi, a walking encyclopedia of early American election results, received the first chairman’s commendation from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Drawing of pancakes
Posted: March 8, 2012

Flap jacks, pancakes, or batterbread?

Expand your vocabulary with the 60,000-entry Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE).  

Portraits of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz as a lady-in-waiting and as a nun.
Posted: February 20, 2012

The Poetic Nun

The first great poet of Latin America was a nun and a champion of the rights of women. She is also the subject of an informative online curriculum unit at EDSITEment, NEH's award-winning website for students, teachers and life-long learners.

Photo portrait of three brothers from the Civil War in Union uniforms
Posted: February 7, 2012

The War 150 Years Later

As we mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, a selection of past, present, and future humanities projects.

Zora Neale Hurston, photo, black & white
Posted: February 1, 2012

NEH Celebrates Black History Month

NEH and its grantees pay tribute to the contributions of African Americans to our nation and its history with numerous events and cultural programs.

Robert and Mildred Loving, black and white photo
Posted: January 12, 2012

The Loving Story and Slavery by Another Name

Two new NEH-supported documentaries explore little-known chapters in the history of civil rights.