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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 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.

Posted: June 28, 2018 New Exhibit Tackles Jim Crow Repression and Resistance
ColorLines Magazine

In recognition of the 150 years since the ratification of the 14th Amendment, New York City’s oldest museum will launch a new exhibit about Black disenfranchisement and empowerment following the Civil War.  The New-York Historical Society announced the September 2018 opening of Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow today (June 27). According to an emailed statement, the exhibit will cover the years between the Civil War and World War I. It seeks to highlight how African Americans survived Jim Crow and built a resistance that led to the Civil Rights Movement. 

The exhibit will include several key art pieces and artifacts, including a painting of Dred Scott, a formerly enslaved couple’s marriage certificate and Ida B. Wells’ “Southern Horrors.” “The exhibition also looks at how housing segregation in Manhattan eventually led to community-building in Harlem, where local individuals and organizations laid the foundation for the Harlem Renaissance, with a focus on the area around Harlem’s important 135th Street nexus, including Black churches,” the statement adds.

The New-York Historical Society developed Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow in collaboration with Dr. Henry Louis Gates and the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). The National Endowment for the Humanities and New York City Council contributed funds for the exhibit. 

Posted: June 27, 2018 Chautauqua series features three American heroes
The Star Democrat

Maryland Humanities brings Frederick Douglass, Thurgood Marshall, and Eleanor Roosevelt back to life through its 24th season and the program, "Chautauqua: Seeking Justice."

Actor-scholars portraying these three giants of social justice will travel to eight counties throughout the state, including performances in Talbot County from July 9 through July 11.

Maryland Humanities is a statewide nonprofit organization that creates and supports educational experiences in the humanities that inspire all Marylanders to embrace lifelong learning, exchange ideas openly, and enrich their communities.  Maryland Humanities is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Maryland, private foundations, corporations, small businesses, and individual donors.