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Posted: July 18, 2018 East Carolina University is providing college transition assistance to military veterans
WITN, North Carolina

East Carolina University is providing college transition assistance to military veterans. The Veteran to Scholar Bridge Program is aimed at helping student veterans succeed before they begin their first full semester at ECU.

The Veteran to Scholar Bridge Program is a two and a half week course offered in the summer to veterans who are beginning their studies at ECU in the fall. Program Director Anna Froula said, "I am working with the student veteran services on this and what we've found is that the first semester can be pretty rough for returning veterans who are getting back into the classroom for the first time in a while."

During this humanities course, students explore texts and films that focus on military life and war themes. The goal is start a discussion and prepare the students to use their writing, critical reading, and communication skills before the upcoming semester. Military Veteran Ashley Hunter welcomes the transition assistance. She said, "That's why I like this class a lot because you are not going into the college life alone."

This is the second year ECU has hosted this program. It began last summer on a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: July 18, 2018 Historic Saranac Lake working on purchase of Trudeau home, office
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

As this village takes steps in its quest for a $10 million state grant, Historic Saranac Lake is preparing to acquire and rehabilitate Dr. E.L. Trudeau former home and medical office at 118 Main St.

HSL is currently under contract to buy the building and plans on closing at the end of this year, with more than $230,000 in fundraising success to date.  Meanwhile, the nonprofit organization has been working diligently, making its case for state grants through the Regional Economic Development Council and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as writing applications to private foundations.

Its vision is to restore the historic home and office of Trudeau, a pioneer in tuberculosis treatment and scientific research, and open the building as a museum, allowing the public to experience the important historic space.

Posted: July 12, 2018 Teachers learning the value of storytelling at Shepherd summer workshop
Herald-Mail Media

Appalachia has some special traditions, and storytelling is one of those being shared this summer with a select group of teachers — including a local educator.

Shepherd University is hosting the fourth annual National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute, “Voices from the Misty Mountains and the Power of Storytelling.”

Twenty five teachers from across the country were chosen as participants. They will experience Appalachian music, literature, theater, culture, folk and musical art, according to a news release. The goal is to “reveal the power of storytelling by exposing teachers to the voices of some of the region’s novelists, dramatists, poets, and oral and musical storytellers.”

Dr. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, director of the university’s Center for Appalachian Studies and Communities, said the program’s interdisciplinary offerings make it a favorite with educators, according to the release.

Shepherd alumna Jen Nicholson, who teaches English language arts at Washington High School in Charles Town, was chosen to participate.

She plans to use this experience to develop a full teaching unit on Appalachian literature, the release states.

“I have lived in Appalachia my entire life, but had always felt like it was something about which to be ashamed,” Nicholson said in the release. “However, at Shepherd I will learn to appreciate the beautiful and complex culture and history of Appalachia.”

Posted: July 12, 2018 Rosie visits Ripley
Ledger Independent

Kelly O’Connell Brengelman from Midway, will tell you the story of Rose Leigh, one of the many women credited as “Rosie the Riveter.” Kelly has been a Chautauqua actress for Kentucky Humanities for more than a dozen years.

Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of Kentucky Humanities with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This presentation is locally supported by the Ripley Friends of the Library.

Posted: June 28, 2018 Gary offering historic tours beginning Saturday
Chicago Tribune

Downtown Gary likely will have an overflow of out-of-towners Saturday – many of whom will be armed with their cameras so they can take pictures of many of the once-prominent buildings along Broadway on a historical tour.

Last year, the Gary Redevelopment Commission coordinated a Historic Preservation Tour meant to show off the architectural beauty that once existed – and of which traces remain to this day.  The experience was so positive in 2017 that city officials are going to try to do it again this year.

On Saturday, people will be able to check out sites from the the one-time Union Station at 2nd Avenue and Broadway to the one-time Sears store at 839 Broadway, while including places such as the City Methodist Church and the former post office.  Also, there will be a portion of the tour that includes sites in the Horace Mann and Morningside neighborhood. That portion is by reservation only on Saturday, with people having had to make reservations in advance through Eventbrite.com in order to see it.

A second day of the tour on July 14 will be open to all and will include those neighborhood locations, said Robyn Robb, an AmeriCorps volunteer who works with the Gary Preservation Tour in putting this year’s event together.

The groups assisted with fundraising efforts that are covering the costs of the event. City officials received approximately $12,000 in private donations, including money from Indiana American Water and the Barnes & Thornburg law firm, while the National Endowment for the Humanities contributed $2,500.