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Posted: May 26, 2017 NEA and the NEH submitted budgets for their potential 2018 shutdown
The Architect's Newspaper,

The NEA and NEH have submitted requests for 2018 that detail the costs required to shut down; you can find the report in full here. The report estimates that the combined cost to close down the agencies will be $71 million, nearly 25 percent of the total annual budget of $300 million. These funds would be used to support the employees working for the agencies, as well as real estate, equipment, contracts, grant commitments, and management. The NEA currently has a staff of 155 but would have to cut this amount in half by March 2018. The NEH’s chairman, William Adams, resigned Monday and acting chair Margaret Plympton will dismantle the agency.

If you would like to oppose these budget cuts in Congress, please contact your local senator and ask them to save the NEA and NEH. Guidelines for this outreach can be found here.

Posted: May 26, 2017 Meet NEH Grantee Leslie Anderson
Political Science Now

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States and supports research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. The organization funds projects across a range of disciplines, including political science, through a diverse array of opportunities. Dr. Anderson is the recipient of an NEH fellowship. NEH fellowships “support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both.”

Leslie E. Anderson is a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor of Political Science.  She has written extensively on democracy and democratization in Latin America, publishing most recently Democratization by Institutions: Argentina’s Transition Years in Comparative Perspective, (Michigan, 2016).  Her work looks at social movements, electoral politics, social capital and at the role of institutions in furthering the process of democratization. 

Posted: May 26, 2017 State history to come alive in library program
North Platte Telegraph, Nebraska's News

The North Platte Public Library continues its Nebraska Celebrate 150 Series with Karen Drevo as prairie pioneer Maria Rodaway at noon on Thursday.

Maria, portrayed by Drevo, her great-great granddaughter in period attire, looks back at her life as a prairie pioneer in Otoe County, where she homesteaded in 1867. Maria crossed the Atlantic Ocean with seven children to reunite her family after a 7½-year separation. She endured grasshoppers, hail, drought, tornadoes, blizzards and the loss of her husband and six of her 13 children as she worked to become a citizen and a landowner in a new country. Resilient and resourceful, she lived a life of usefulness to her family and large circle of friends with her loving deeds and kind acts, delivering babies and nursing the sick.

Seven generations of Drevo’s family have lived in Otoe County. She grew up on a farm north of Unadilla and received her early education in one-room Otoe County schools. Drevo has degrees in English and history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She lives in Norfolk and is a librarian at the public library. Her lifelong interest in her family history was sparked by the family stories told by her grandmothers.

Humanities Nebraska provides major funding for this program with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and private donations.

Posted: May 26, 2017 Faculty Recognized for Achievements at Awards Recognition Ceremony
Southern Miss Now, University of Southern Mississippi News

University of Southern Mississippi faculty members were honored for achievements in teaching, research, service and leadership at the annual Faculty Awards Recognition Ceremony, held May 5 at the Trent Lott Center on the Hattiesburg campus. The event was sponsored by USM’s Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate.

USM nominees, National Endowment for the Humanities Award – Dr. Matthew Casey History, Dr. Andrew Ross, History.

Posted: May 26, 2017 Stolen Valor: The Fake History From a Real Historian That Fooled Presidents and Publishers
American Spectator

"Thank you for providing documentation in support of your claim of having received a Purple Heart Medal,” the Veterans Administration informed an ailing William Manchester three years prior to the prolific author’s death that provided the sad coda to 2004’s Memorial Day Weekend. “Unfortunately, the documentation you provided is not sufficient for us to make a determination regarding your receipt of the medal; therefore, we are requesting additional documentation from you.”

Of the many boasts the historian made about his service as a Marine during World War II, this undoubtedly true claim ironically failed to persuade federal bureaucrats. Nine months later, President George W. Bush bestowed upon the “gifted historian and biographer who makes the past come alive for millions of the readers” a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) medal.

“Manchester’s life has been showered with awards,” the NEH noted in the biographer’s accompanying 2002 biography. “He was valedictorian at the University of Massachusetts. He received the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, and two Purple Hearts for his time as a marine.”

Manchester wrote such blockbusters as The Death of a President, The Glory and the Dream, and a trilogy on Winston Churchill. He did not serve as valedictorian at the University of Massachusetts. He did not win the Navy Cross. He did not rate a Silver Star. He did not receive two Purple Hearts.