NEH Launches Initiative to Create Online Encyclopedias for States, U.S. Territories and D.C.
Planning grants awarded to 15 states, District of Columbia, Guam
William R. Ferris, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), today announced the first 17 grants under an initiative to create comprehensive online encyclopedias for all 50 states, all five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
"NEH's online state encyclopedia initiative will have a tremendous educational and economic impact in each state," Ferris said. "With an online encyclopedia as a portal, each state's cultural heritage will become readily accessible not only in America but throughout the world. The encyclopedias will raise awareness of the importance of geographical roots and foster pride of place."
The NEH grants, totaling $731,000, have been awarded for the planning of online encyclopedias in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. The states are Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Hawai'i, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island and Virginia.
Because online encyclopedias are not subject to the space constraints of print encyclopedias, online articles can be more comprehensive. The grants will allow each grantee to develop a plan for designing an online publication in consultation with potential collaborating institutions, contributors, technical experts and intended users.
"Teachers will be able to incorporate articles from the encyclopedias into their lesson plans," Ferris added. "Students at all levels will have a vast amount of reliable, constantly updated information at their fingertips. Travelers will have a comprehensive and evolving source of information about cultural tourism, from local history and places to visit to folklore and foodways. I am very pleased to announce the first grants under this important NEH initiative."
The next application deadline for planning grants for online state encyclopedias is July 1, 2001. For information, contact Helen Aguera or Joseph Herring in the NEH Division of Preservation and Access at (202) 606-8570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birmingham, Alabama Humanities Foundation
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Michael Malone, (334) 983-4924
Middletown, Connecticut Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Stuart Parnes, (860) 767-7067
- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Humanities Council of Washington, D.C.
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Ethelbert E. Miller, (202) 387-8391
St. Petersburg, Florida Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Frank Helsom, (212) 708-9356
Tamuning, Guam Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Anthony A. Leon Guerrero, (671) 646-4461
Honolulu, Hawai'i Council for the Humanities
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Mitch Yamasaki, (808) 735-4824
Indianapolis, Indiana Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Robert S. Kasper, (317) 638-1500
Portland, Maine Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Gratwick, (207) 773-5051
Hunt Valley, Maryland Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Taunya L. Banks, (410) 706-3850
Lansing, Michigan Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Stephen R. Williams, (810) 982-0891
St. Paul, Minnesota Humanities Commission
PROJECT DIRECTOR: W. Andrew Boss, (651) 523-7807
Reno, Nevada Humanities Committee
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Barbara Cloud, (702) 895-3270
- NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord, New Hampshire Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Richard Kremer, (603) 224-4071
- NORTH DAKOTA
Bismarck, North Dakota Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: John Ettling, (701) 777-2167
Columbus, Ohio Humanities Council
PROJECT DIRECTOR: George Garrison, (330) 672-2300
- RHODE ISLAND
Providence, Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Charles Sullivan, (401) 273-3350
Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Wyndham B. Blanton, Jr., (804) 560-6927