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Posted: May 10, 2018 Congressman Smith Announces: Middletown and Manalapan Libraries Selected for National Program

Two libraries in Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-NJ) Fourth Congressional District were selected to participate in a national educational project “Revisiting the Founding Era,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“I am pleased to announce that Monmouth County Library and Middletown Township Public Library will participate in this special project to look more closely at the founding of this country,” Rep. Smith stated. “They will be able to lead and focus their communities on subjects of immense value to our national heritage.”

Rep. Smith has supported funding of the National Endowments for the Arts & Humanities, for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 (through September 2017), in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 that was signed into law.

He also joined a letter of support for the NEA and NEH to President Trump in March of 2017, asking for full funding of both agencies in the FY 2018 budget. He has also joined a letter of support for funding of the NEH in the FY 2019 budget.

Posted: May 9, 2018 The Mississippi Writer’s Trail will celebrate the state’s impressive literary history
Lonely Planet

A new trail is coming to Mississippi later this year to help bookish visitors learn about their favourite authors from the state and hopefully discover plenty more.  The Mississippi Writer’s Trail will consist of historical markers in various locations that have special significance to the authors and will include information about their work and lives. The trail will include such internationally-renowned names as William Faulkner, Jesmyn Ward, Eudora Welty, Tennessee Williams and Margaret Walker Alexander and there are plenty of other writers currently being considered by a panel of experts.

The funding for the trail has come from a statehood grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, enabling US states to preserve their cultural and artistic history. It was partially inspired by Mississippi’s bicentennial celebration last year.

Posted: May 9, 2018 What They Were Thinking: WWII Soldiers' Insights to Become Public Data Base

As World War Two got underway in 1941, the U.S. Army  Research Branch got permission to survey the rank and file, and what they got, was quite an earful.   Some soldiers complained about how the army was being run, others spoke of patriotism and sacrifice. 

By war's end, they’d collected 65,000 commentaries on all sorts of topics and some of them helped shape policy and planning. Their anonymous, handwritten commentaries, on microfilm, were locked away in a drawer at the National Archives, until Virginia Tech History Professor Ed Gitre found them.

Most of the data from these surveys has never been mined. This week, Virginia Tech is kicking off a crowd-sourced project to transcribe the comments.  Organizers are hoping an army of volunteers will sign in to an online citizen-archivist site to help.  Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the "American Soldiers in World War Two" transcription drive is expected to take a couple of years.

Posted: May 9, 2018 AN AMERICAN DIALOGUE: Latin American Ballads, Cumbia, and Nueva Canción
Silver City Sun News

The Silver City Museum is has rescheduled "AN AMERICAN DIALOGUE: Latin American Ballads, Cumbia, and Nueva Canción." Musician and folklorist Chuy Martinez will give a live musical performance and talk about the history of Latin music genres in the Silver City Museum Courtyard.

Martinez has performed and spoken all over New Mexico. Today, he lives in Albuquerque and works as Old Town manager/curator for Albuquerque’s Cultural Services Department/Community Events.

This program is funded by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: May 7, 2018 Miami Regionals program gets student veterans talking about their experiences
Hamilton Journal News

A new program at Miami University Regionals is giving veterans an opportunity to share their experiences.

Miami Regionals recently was awarded an $89,000 federal grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to facilitate its 2018-2019 project “From War Zone to Home: A Humanities Dialogue.”

Miami Regionals will build an undergraduate humanities seminar for student veterans at its Hamilton and Middletown campuses, to be piloted in the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters, said Visiting Assistant Professor of History Matthew Smith. He said classes will integrate readings from history, literature, and philosophy and will serve as an inclusive space where veterans can share their experiences freely while engaging with the humanities and each other and non-veteran students.

The goal, he said, is to “develop dialogue with the community.”

Posted: May 7, 2018 Johns Hopkins University Press is giving out-of-print books new life
Technically Media Inc.

John Hopkins University Press’ Project MUSE is working to open up access to scholarly works, and some of its own out-of-print books.

In 2016, Project MUSE received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for $938,000 to create an Open Access platform for monographs in the humanities and social sciences. In April, the Johns Hopkins University Press and Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries received a $200,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize over 200 out-of-print scholarly books from its coll

Posted: May 7, 2018 CSULB history professor awarded $50,400 grant to fund new book
Daily 49er, California

Amid the lackluster halls of Cal State Long Beach’s faculty offices, one door stands out, marked with a paper printout of a celebratory tweet from President Jane Close Conoley. The tweet reads, “Great news: CSULB history professor, Dr. Michiko Takeuchi was awarded a prestigious NEH award. Our faculty rock.”.

Michiko Takeuchi, assistant professor of Japanese history since 2004, was recently awarded a $50,400 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award will fund research for her book, “Early Coalitions Between Japanese and American Feminists, from World War I to the U.S. Occupation of Japan.”

Posted: May 7, 2018 Soon You May Be Able to Text with 2,000 Egyptian Hieroglyphs
Hyperallergic Media Inc.

Funding for the Unicode Hieroglyphs project was provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In an email to Hyperallergic, an NEH spokesperson stated that it has been the primary funder of the Script Encoding Initiative’s ‘Universal Scripts Project’ since 2005. Through five grants that total $1.3 million to the Unicode project, 70 writing systems have now been included: “from Byzantine Greek and Old Hungarian, to Javanese and Unified Canadian Aboriginal.” As the SEI and Anderson notes, there is still a great amount of work to do: “Over 100 scripts remain to be encoded. Minority scripts are still used in parts of South and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Unencoded scripts include Kpelle and Loma. Scripts of historical significance include Book Pahlavi, Large Khitan, and Jurchen.”

Posted: May 7, 2018 45 years of Studs Terkel radio shows online soon
Loop North News, Chicago

More than 5,600 radio programs created by Studs Terkel will soon be available online.

Chicago History Museum says it will have the programs, created over 45 years, on The Studs Terkel Radio Archive at by May 16, what would have been the author/historian/actor/radio personality’s 106th birthday.

Terkel is arguably best known for his oral histories of common Americans. His one-hour, weekday radio show, The Studs Terkel Program, was produced at WFMT between 1952 and 1997.

The Library of Congress helped with the cost of digitizing the reel-to-reel tapes on which the programs were recorded, a body of work reportedly valued at more than $900,000. The museum also received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and private donations raised through a Kickstarter campaign.

Posted: May 7, 2018 Trove of author Ray Bradbury's papers set for preservation
WPXI Pittsburgh

Ray Bradbury won over generations of readers to science fiction with "Fahrenheit 451" and other works during a writing career that spanned much of the 20th Century and produced a mountain of manuscripts, correspondence and memorabilia.

That sprawling collection, much of which Bradbury's family donated after his death in 2012 at age 91, is now entering a long-running preservation project at its home on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies , which is devoted to the study of the science fiction-fantasy author's works, won a $50,000 grant this month from the National Endowment for the Humanities to begin planning the giant archive's conservation.

Bradbury's daughters said in a statement Wednesday that they're thrilled the federal grant will help the center "preserve and curate our father's legacy for the American public. This is our long-term goal."