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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Alaska received $5.4 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alaska Humanities Forum for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • A $300,000 challenge grant helped the Anchorage Museum leverage $900,000 in private donations to build an endowment to support a full-time conservator. The expanding museum holds a vast collection of ethnographic objects, art, and historical photographs.
  • To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alaskan statehood in 2009, the Alaska Humanities Forum received three separate grants totaling $210,000 to support research, oral histories, radio and television broadcasts, and several performances exploring what it means to be Alaskan and American.
  • The Minto Songs project collected and digitized old recordings of song performances for distribution and archiving. The Minto community in Alaska is the last village of speakers of Lower Tanana Athabascan, an indigenous language rich in song tradition.
  • To support institutional development, the Alutiiq Heritage Foundation in Kodiak and the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center in Haines both received two grants of around $6,000 each to support preservation assessments for their collections of historical artifacts and other holdings.
  • One hundred and fifty reels of 16mm film, documenting the history and culture of native Alaskan communities from the 1940s to 1975, benefited from preservation efforts with the assistance of a $164,000 grant to the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
  • The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is housed in the first library built with public funds in the Alaskan territory. In 2011, the museum received a $275,000 grant to update its sixty-year-old heating and ventilation system.
  • The endangered language of Lachixio was the subject of a $50,400 fellowship awarded to Mark Sicoli, an assistant professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, who used the funding to support phonetic transcription and interpretation of video footage that had been collected during his field work in Mexico.
  • For the Rights of All, an hour-long documentary recounting the indigenous civil rights movement that culminated in the Alaska Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945, was supported by a $22,000 grant from the Alaska Humanities Forum.
  • A grant of $30,000 to the Alaska Humanities Forum supported efforts to integrate Alaskan art and history into Picturing America, the NEH program that brought reproductions of classic American art and teachers’ guides to 70,000 schools and libraries nationwide.
  • The Rose Urban Rural Exchange is a major program of the Alaska Humanities Forum. It connects town and country by sending teachers and students to live and study in unfamiliar environments, bridging the geographic and cultural divides that separate Alaskans.