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Posted: June 21, 2018 Dallas Will Get First Look At Sally Hemings' Life At Monticello In Exhibit's National Tour

A landmark exhibition that addresses former President Thomas Jefferson’s long-debated relationship with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves who bore six of his children, will begin its national tour in Dallas this fall.

The exhibition, “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello,” was originally organized in 2012 by Jefferson’s estate in partnership with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Its subject was the wider issue of the daily lives of slaves at the Founding Father’s Virginia plantation.

Thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Monticello has expanded that show to include new material about Hemings. During an archaeological excavation of Monticello’s south wing in 2017, thousands of artifacts were uncovered, as well as a kitchen and a bedroom adjacent to Jefferson’s bedroom. That room has since been restored and recently opened as an exhibition dedicated to what little is known of Hemings’ life. (There is, for instance, no known image of her.)

The updated touring version of “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello” will feature some 340 items, several of them never seen before. The exhibition will begin its tour at the African American Museum in Fair Park and run from Sept. 22 through Dec. 31.

Posted: June 21, 2018 Communities First to host dialogues on Michigan water, Great Lakes

Communities First Inc. was recently awarded a $5,000 grant to engage the Flint community in conversations around the cultural, social, historical, and environmental impact that the Great Lakes have on Michigan residents. Communities First was one of 15 organizations to receive the grant, awarded by The Michigan Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“This grant allows us to combine aspects of our popular Culture Shock and Green Life programs to offer a unique experience for Flint families. We are excited to receive this grant and look forward to the dialogue this project will create,” said Glenn Wilson, Communities First Inc. CEO and president.

Communities First's Green Life program will use the funds to facilitate three different community conversations about the topic of Michigan water and shorelines. The conversations will explore the personal connections minority or underserved Flint residents may or may not feel with the "Third Coast" and the importance of Michigan's coastline to the entire state and its residents.

Posted: June 20, 2018 Duluth Students Take First Place at National History Day Contest
Fox 21 Online

Two Duluth students won first place in the Junior Group Exhibit category at the national finals for the National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland, College Park on June 14.

Colin McShane and Chase Baumgarten took the top prize with their project titled, The U.S. Government vs. the Reserve Mining Company: A Compromise of Environment and Industry.

Both students attend Stella Maris Academy – St. John’s Campus in Duluth and received a $1,000 cash prize sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the title of NEH Scholar.

Contest officials say that more than half a million students from all 50 states, and some international schools, competed in this year’s contest.

“The National History Day Contest requires intensive research and analytical thinking skills,” said National History Day Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn. “Each student involved in the competition spends countless hours researching, writing, and editing. Only the top projects make it to the National Contest and it requires a truly superb entry to win. These students should be proud of this accomplishment.”

National History Day is a nonprofit organization based in College Park that seeks to improve the teaching and learning of history.

Posted: June 20, 2018 East Haddam Student Awarded At National History Day Contest
The Haddams Patch

Last week, 66 students represented Connecticut at the prestigious 2018 National History Day Contest at the University of Maryland. Having won statewide competitions, they joined more than 3,000 students from the U. S. and overseas to compete at the national level.

According to a news release, high school and middle school students wrote papers, created exhibits, produced documentaries, designed websites and staged performances Inspired by the theme "Conflict & Compromise in History," exploring topics ranging from discrimination and child labor to women's rights.

Mia Porcello, from St. Timothy's School in West Hartford, was selected to attend the June 13 National Endowment for the Humanities Day on the Hill event. She journeyed to Capitol Hill with 20 other National History Day Contestants to meet with her members of Congress and tour the U.S. Capitol.

Posted: June 20, 2018 Live 765: Robots, a modern opera, coming to Delphi this weekend
Journal & Courier

The Delphi Opera House has not actually staged an opera since the first — and only — production back in 1882, when the Litta Opera Company from Chicago performed. The stage is not very large, said Brosman, which might make a full-scale production difficult to accommodate. “Robots,” however, is set in a classroom and is a single set, making it perfect for the venue.

“It deals with elementary students; the message and delivery are simple,” she said. “It works for us and works for the show.”

The cast is small — only 11 members — and there is no orchestra, only a piano.

The opera is part of the Red Brick Theatre series, a collaboration between the Delphi Opera House and the Delphi Public Library, and is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the Indiana Humanities’ One State/One Story: Frankenstein. Organizations around the state received stipends and books promoting the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.”