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Posted: August 21, 2017 Pepperdine Library Set to Reopen
The Malibu Times

The project, “Pepperdine University Libraries: Developing a Sustainable Preservation Environment for Humanities Collections,” was a 15-month renovation that started in May 2016. The library was originally set to open in Aug. 2017 but that timeline was pushed back a month.

Payson Library, a big hub for studying and learning on campus, closed after the Pepperdine University libraries received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Division of Preservation and Access, to help the preservation and security of humanities materials. 

The renovation includes an updated climate for the preservation of special collections, higher security systems, a new coffee shop and student success centers. The modernized interior will allow for a more collaborative environment and engaging learning spaces, according to plans.

Posted: August 21, 2017 “The workshop gave a different understanding of history.”
South Bend Tribune

Elizabeth  Drake is an English teacher from John Adams High School. Part of her summer was spent learning about early African-American culture in Savannah, Ga. She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholarship to participate in a Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop.

“Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformation” was a weeklong journey in the Gullah community in the corridor between North Carolina and Florida. The Gullahs were from West Africa, many from Sierra Leone, and were enslaved to work the rice plantations.

Elizabeth said the traditions and language continue and people are working to preserve it. “The workshop gave a different understanding of history.”

She was looking forward to using her new insights in the upcoming school year.

Posted: August 21, 2017 Mine Wars Museum teams up with ‘Matewan’ creators for 30th anniversary film screening
The Fayette Tribune

Acclaimed independent film director John Sayles and producer Maggie Renzi are teaming up with The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum from Matewan to host a 30th anniversary Film Screening of Matewan in South Charleston on Oct. 7.

Filmed in the coalfields of southern West Virginia, including Thurmond, and featuring local residents as extras, Matewan captures a critical moment in labor history when miners across the state led a rank and file organizing drive that would change the course of labor relations in our nation for decades to come. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the film in 1987.

All proceeds will benefit the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum’s 2021 Blair Centennial Celebration, which is made possible through funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Posted: August 21, 2017 UF libraries receive additional $310,000 to digitize newspapers
The Independent Florida Alligator

A new $310,000 grant will allow UF to digitize thousands of pages of old newspapers from Florida and Puerto Rico.

The grant comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities and will digitize 300,000 pages of historically significant newspapers.

UF is collaborating with the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. The newspapers will be in both English and Spanish, with issues spanning from 1836 to 1922.

Posted: August 21, 2017 New Bedford Whaling Museum to Receive Two Grants from the NEH News

Two recent grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities will support New Bedford Whaling Museum projects with national scope.

A $136,000 grant from the NEH Division of Education Programs will fund a two-week “Summer Institute for Teachers” in 2018 that will illuminate the art and contexts of Herman Melville’s famous 19th century American novel Moby-Dick, and help teachers interpret the book for 21st century students.

The NEH Division of Public Programs has awarded a $40,000 Exhibition Planning Grant to the Museum to support the development of a traveling exhibition based on one of the gems in the Museum’s collection, the Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World.

Completed in 1848, the 1,275 foot panorama is the longest painting in the United States and is currently undergoing conservation at NBWM.

During the “Summer Institute for Teachers,” 25 teachers from around the nation will encounter the rich worlds of Moby-Dick, and gain a better understanding of Melville’s literary power and how to interpret the book’s wonders for their students.

Six Melville scholars who comprise the Melville Society Cultural Project will serve as principal faculty of the Institute.

Painted by Benjamin Russell and Caleb Purrington of New Bedford, the Panorama travelled the United States between the 1850s and 1870s as a moving picture show.

The NEH grant will support the development of a traveling exhibition titled “A Spectacle in Motion: The Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage ‘Round the World,” which will debut in New Bedford in 2018, and then travel to Mystic, Connecticut in late 2018.