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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Arizona received $8.6 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Arizona Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • About 200,000 pages of historic Arizona newspapers, such as the Safford Rattler and the Tombstone Epitaph, from 1880 to 1922 are being digitized by the Arizona Department of Libraries, Archives, and Public Records with support from $914,800 in grant support. This work is part of Chronicling America, an NEH collaboration with the Library of Congress.
  • A grant of $49,000 helped widen public access to the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s collection of recorded readings from the 1960s to the present. The center uses a web-based application to make the recordings available. They include readings by authors including Pulitzer Prize-winners Archibald MacLeish and Robert Penn Warren.
  • Northern Arizona University implemented “Footprints of Ancestors: Intergenerational Learning of Hopi History and Culture” with the assistance of a $241,000 grant. Hopi youth learned about the cultures and history of the Four Corners region from tribal elders, cultural specialists, and scholars at historic and prehistoric sites.
  • Schools represented by 125 teachers and librarians from across Arizona are benefiting from a $16,000 grant to the Phoenix Art Museum that enabled it to present a seminar to improve instruction in American history, civics, government, literature, and culture. The collections of the Phoenix Art Museum and the nearby Heard Museum received special emphasis.
  • The Arizona Humanities Council, in collaboration with the state office of tourism, has developed the Arizona Heritage Traveler website, a guide to cultural and historical destinations with essays and recommended readings.
  • The Arizona Humanities Council made a $10,000 grant to the Tucson Historic Preservation Society to support reinstallation of historic neon signs in downtown Tucson. The foundation recently published a booklet called The Neon Pueblo: A Guide to Tucson’s Midcentury Vintage Advertising.
  • A grant of $75,000 is helping the University of Arizona and the Hopi Tribe of Arizona collaborate on “Moquis and Kastilam: The Hopi History Project.” The primary product of this collaboration will be a scholarly history of Hopi-Spanish relations from 1540 to 1821. Sources include Hopi oral traditions, interviews with Hopi elders, and colonial Spanish documents.
  • The Museum of Northern Arizona collects and interprets the natural and cultural heritage of the Colorado Plateau and receives 80,000 visitors a year. With a $140,000 grant, it purchased shelving to protect 3,500 linear feet of anthropological archives.