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Posted: July 25, 2018 Mia To Present First Major Museum Exhibition Exploring the Achievements of Native Women Artists

In June 2019, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) will present the first major thematic exhibition exploring the artistic achievements of Native women. The exhibition, which will travel nationally, will include more than 115 works dating from ancient times to the present and made in a variety of media, including sculpture, video and digital arts, photography, textiles, and paintings. Drawn from Mia’s permanent collection and loans from more than 30 institutions and private collections, the works are from communities representing all regions of Native North America. "Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists," presented by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, is organized by Jill Ahlberg Yohe, PhD, associate curator of Native American Art at Mia, and Teri Greeves, an independent curator and member of the Kiowa Nation. An advisory panel including Native women artists and Native and non-Native scholars has provided insights from a range of nations.

During each step of the curatorial process, the curators have worked closely with an Exhibition Advisory Board, which they established to provide knowledge and insights from a wide range of nations. The panel comprises 22 Native and non-Native scholars from across North America, as well as Native artists, some of whose work will be included in the exhibition and accompanying catalogue. The board first met in November 2015 at Mia, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, for an open discussion that set the tone and clarified intentions for the exhibition. Since then the committee has worked collaboratively to develop the major themes of the exhibition and advise on the objects selected, as well as determine the structure and content of the catalogue, programming, and community outreach activities.

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 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.

Posted: June 27, 2018 Celebrating 500 years of maritime history
St. Augustine Record

A free historical and archaeological speaker series, “500 Years of Maritime Florida” will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 28, at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. A new program will be featured each month through March 2019. All lectures will begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  To launch the series, Gifford Waters, Ph.D., will discuss “The Missions of St. Augustine” Thursday.

A pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for over 140 years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the Nation’s Oldest Port. Because of its unique place in history, the lighthouse is a fitting venue for the speaker series.

In addition to the lighthouse and keeper’s house, the museum offers interactive exhibits, guided tours and maritime research.

Funding for the speaker series is provided through a grant from The Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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.