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Posted: March 22, 2018 Nelson Algren Museum to celebrate birthday of writer and photographer Art Shay

"Our speaker on Sunday will be Erik Gellman," the Nelson Algren Museum said in a press release. "Erik is an Associate Professor of History and the Associate Director of the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies at Roosevelt University in Chicago. He's the author of 'Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights' and 'The Gospel of the Working Class: Labor's Southern Prophets in New Deal America.' He's also co-directed National Endowment for the Humanities and Terra Foundation programs on the Black Chicago Renaissance for school teachers. Thanks to an NEH Public Scholar fellowship, he's in the process of writing his next book, 'Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles through the Lens of Art Shay,' which seeks to provide a synthetic textual and visual narrative of Chicago's postwar urban history and protest politics."

Posted: March 22, 2018 National photo exhibit on poverty to open at Hayes center
Fremont News Messenger

With a new poverty-themed photo exhibit opening in April, the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums is starting a donation drive to help the community's neediest residents.  “Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” will be open April 7 to May 25 in the lower level of the museum.

Dustin McLochlin, Hayes curator, said as the museum was planning for 2018, officials began looking at the idea of showing the Riis exhibit — which looks closely at poverty around the turn of the 20th century — while addressing the issue of poverty on a local level.  According to Hayes officials, Riis was a photojournalist and social reformer who publicized the crises in housing, education and poverty at the height of European immigration to New York in the late 19th century.

“Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives” was created by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is part of its touring program, NEH on the Road.

Posted: March 22, 2018 Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. to tell stories, share WWI photos
Mount Desert Islander

Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. will explore the role played by Maine men and women in World War I, especially here at home, at a talk and slideshow at the Jesup Memorial Library on Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

When the United States joined the war on April 16, 1917, Mainers answered the call. By 1918, 35,000 Maine men and women had joined the military, and by the end of the war, Maine civilians had donated an average of $147 per person to the war effort.

This talk, featuring previously unseen historic photographs, many of them real photo postcards of the period, tells the story of recruitment, troop departures, parades, bond drives, shipbuilding, war-related industries and knitting socks for the soldiers.

This event is part of World War I and America, a series of programs that are supported by a grant from World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of the Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations with support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: March 22, 2018 Historian aims to capture life at Alaska cannery, calls for local stories
Blaine Northern Light News

To highlight the historical significance of one of Alaska’s oldest salmon canneries in South Naknek, an Alaska historian is reaching out to Blaine and Birch Bay residents for their stories.

Dubbed the “Diamond NN” by locals in the Bristol Bay borough, the cannery was owned by the Alaska Packers Association, which also owned a cannery on Semiahmoo spit. The NN Cannery operated for over 100 years, drawing workers from around the world and as close as Blaine.

“The alumni of [Alaska Packers Association] canneries number in the thousands and each individual has a story to tell,” said Alaska historian Katie Ringsmuth in a press release. She’s leading a three-tiered project that aims to get the NN Cannery on the National Register of Historic Places, develop educational materials about cannery life and create an exhibition called “Mug Up” that features stories and photos from workers for the Alaska State Museum.

Operating under The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, a nonprofit, Ringsmuth and
her team has raised approximately $111,000 since they started the project through outreach and grant writing; $60,000 of that was granted to the team by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the “Mug Up” exhibit, which will eventually display at the Alaska State Museum, she said.

“What’s forgotten are all of the different people who came to Alaska to participate in this industry,” Ringsmuth said. “Alaska connects the rest of the country to the larger world.”

Posted: March 16, 2018 Roanoke conference brings in experts to explore issues faced by veterans and their families
Roanoke Times

When veterans and their families return to civilian life they face challenges that largely go unexplored by the nation’s intellectuals.

Virginia Tech English professor James Dubinsky said some universities are changing that and are beginning to study veterans much the same way that a generation ago they began women’s studies and African-American studies programs.

Dubinsky said Tech’s Liberal Arts College and University Libraries is working toward building a veterans studies program. Two other universities — Arizona State University and the University of Missouri at St. Louis — are further along in creating similar programs and are co-sponsors of the forum. Tech also has won support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mostly at universities where veterans are being studied, only one or two professors in history, psychology, sociology, arts at universities are looking at the issues, he said. The conference gives them a chance to connect with each other and with the people they are studying.