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Posted: April 19, 2018 Packed house turns out for presentation about cannery life
The Northern Light

With support from Blaine’s Alaska Packers Association Cannery Museum, Ringsmuth led a brief presentation about the project at the cannery lodge in Semiahmoo Park to about 80 people on April 14.

She, along with a curator, scanned photos and collected objects from guests, some of whom worked at salmon canneries in Blaine and Alaska years ago; several people also shared their stories.

“It was pretty amazing how many people came out and really seemed to care about this project,” Ringsmuth said. “A lot of people hadn’t seen each other for decades.” Some people came as far as Seattle for the event, she said, bringing all types of mementos from their time working at salmon canneries; some items included signs and flags in addition to photos.

Some of the items will be used in the Mug Up exhibition at the Alaska State Museum (the term ‘Mug Up’ refers to a phrase commonly used at canneries to describe coffee breaks). Ringsmuth said the National Endowment for the Humanities granted $60,000 to their nonprofit, The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, to develop and eventually display the Mug Up exhibition.

“This is more than just a reunion,” she said. “What we’re doing with this project is recognizing that their work mattered.”

Posted: April 19, 2018 CSUN’s Tom and Ethel Bradley Center Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant
California State University, Northridge Press

The California State University, Northridge Tom and Ethel Bradley Center has received a grant for $315,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the creation of a digital database of the Richard Cross 1950-1980 Photographic Collection.

The Tom and Ethel Bradley Center holds a photographic collection of more than 1 million negatives, slides and prints produced primarily by American photojournalists. The core of the center’s archive is a large collection of photographs produced by African-American photojournalists.

“We are extremely honored that the NEH found our proposal worth funding,” said Bradley Center Director José Luis Benavides. “In partnership with the Oviatt Library, we intend to make accessible to the public this unique collection by an American photojournalist who had a significant career in journalism and visual anthropology, before he was killed by a land mine at the border of Honduras and Nicaragua, along with Los Angeles Times reporter Dial Torgerson.

Posted: April 19, 2018 The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theatre

The Wit & Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theatre & presented in part by the N.J. Council for the Humanities, Horizons Speakers Bureau... Bob Gleason has performed at The White House, Mount Vernon, Ford Theatre, Smithsonian, Independence Hall & many more historical sites all of the United States.  

This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH).

Posted: April 18, 2018 Jon Parrish Peede, NEH chairman-elect, visits Detroit
The Detroit News

On March 2, President Trump appointed Jon Parrish Peede chairman-elect of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The scholar of Southern literature was previously publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, and literature grants director at the National Endowment for the Arts. For the past year he’s served as NEH senior deputy chairman. Peede must still be confirmed by the Senate.

The chairman-designate sat down late last week at a cafe on Detroit’s Capitol Park to talk over humanities funding, the president’s attitude toward NEH, what the Endowment’s done for Michigan lately, and the urban revival blossoming all around downtown.

Posted: April 18, 2018 Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Names New Director
Hartford Courant

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford has hired Dr. Briann G. Greenfield as its new executive director.  Greenfield holds a doctorate in American civilization and a master’s in American civilization/museum studies from Brown University and a bachelor’s in history from University of New Hampshire. She was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at Winterthur Museum in Delaware and has published scholarly and popular history works. She received a 2010 Board of Trustees Research Award from CCSU.