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Posted: March 30, 2018 Bicentennial Music Program In Montgomery
Montgomery, IL Patch News

The Village of Montgomery will host a free Illinois Bicentennial musical program at 1 0 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, at the Village Hall, 200 N. River Street. Bucky Halker will present "Booth Shot Lincoln: Folksongs of Illinois 1818 to 1960." Bucky is an accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. He will share some of Illinois' rich and diverse folk music traditions from the beginnings of Illinois statehood through 1960. People of all ages are invited to help celebrate this bicentennial year by enjoying the folk music legacy of the Land of Lincoln.

This program was made possible through a grant by the Illinois Humanities, which is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Illinois General Assembly, as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations and corporations.

Posted: March 30, 2018 East Hartford Public Library to Host World War I Digitization Day
The Hartford Guardian

 Do you have your grandfather’s World War I photo album tucked away in a closet? A stack of letters your great-grandmother kept in a box in the attic? A story your neighbor told you about the local homecoming parade, in the back of your mind?  Help us learn more about the men and women who served during World War I by bringing your collection to the East Hartford Public

The Remembering World War I Digitization Day has been made possible in part by the Connecticut State Library with major grant funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. East Hartford’s local program is co-sponsored by the East Hartford Public Library and the Historical Society of East Hartford.

Posted: March 28, 2018 Library to host Great Michigan Read events
Daily Press

The Escanaba Public Library will host two 2017-18 Great Michigan Read events on the Great Michigan Read book selection, “X: A

Novel,” written by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon. The Great Michigan Read is a book club for the entire state focused on one title. On April 12th at 6 p.m. there will be a talk on Malcolm X with Dr. Alan Scott Willis from Northern Michigan University and meet the author of “X: A Novel”, Kekla Magoon, on May 16 at 6 p.m. for an interactive author talk.

The book explores the Michigan roots of Malcolm X, including the early life experiences, both good and bad, that molded him into one of the most prominent leaders of the 20th century. It is a fictionalized account of Malcolm X as a young man with boundless potential but with the odds stacked against him. After losing his father under suspicious circumstances and his mother to a mental health hospital, Malcolm fell into a life of petty crime and eventually went to prison. Instead of letting prison be his downfall, Malcom found a religion, a voice; and the podium that would eventually make him one of the most prominent figures in the burgeoning Civil Rights movement

The Great Michigan Read is a free statewide humanities initiative inviting Michiganians to read and participate in book discussions and events in their hometowns. Intended for young adults to senior citizens, the Great Michigan Read aims to make literature more accessible and appealing while also encouraging residents to learn more about their state. The program is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: March 28, 2018 New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center seeks seafood workers for oral history project
SouthCoast Today

The New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center has begun a major research initiative, exploring the history and role of unions and other industry organizations from the 1930s to the present through a combination of archival research and oral history interviews.

The resulting documentation will become part of the center’s growing archive and will provide the foundation for the creation of exhibits, public programs and publications. Funding for this project is provided through grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Mass Humanities.

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.

Posted: March 16, 2018 Macedon library receives Founding Era grant
Daily Messenger

Macedon Public Library recently received a Revisiting the Founding Era grant to implement public programming and community conversations that explore America’s founding and its enduring themes.

The library will receive 10 copies of a reader containing scholarly essays on selected historical documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, $1,000 to help implement programs and additional digital resources, training and support from Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and American Library Association.

These resources will allow Macedon Public Library to launch a program series on the Founding Era. This includes three presentations planned for June and July by Laura Free, of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and Richard Newman, of Rochester Institute of Technology, for adults and Matthew Robbins, an Advanced Placement history teacher at Palmyra-Macedon High School, for teens in high school.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with ALA and National Constitution Center with support from National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provides 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s ideas and themes and how they continue to influence lives today.