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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Michigan received $14 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • The Henry Ford in Dearborn has, since 2008, been awarded three grants totaling nearly $500,000 to conduct teacher workshops on the topic of America’s Industrial Revolution. Under the guidance of humanities scholars, teachers studied material artifacts and primary documents, while also visiting the museum’s Ford Rouge Factory and historic Greenfield Village. The Henry Ford has also developed curricular materials for classroom use.
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, received a $350,000 grant in 2008 to preserve video of the long-running television series American Black Journal. Nearly a thousand videotapes of the program are being preserved, with DVDs provided to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Detroit.
  • The Marquette County History Museum was awarded a challenge grant of $600,000 for a new facility in downtown Marquette that will feature children’s classrooms, artifact storage and display space, and a large reception area.
  • Sixteen college and university faculty studied various responses to religious pluralism in early modern Europe in a four-week seminar at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, with the support of a $108,000 grant.
  • With support from three NEH grants from 2006 to 2008 totaling $13,000, the Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History, Jackson, took steps to protect its collection by improving its storage facilities. The museum’s textile collection includes items dating from the 1830s such as quilts, coverlets, and flags.
  • Calvin College was awarded $266,000 to begin work on a comprehensive online index of hymnals published in North America. The index is being developed in cooperation with the Princeton Theological Seminary Library and the Hymn Society.
  • Alpena Community College received $124,000 to conduct workshops for community college faculty on the topic Shipwrecks and Maritime Landscapes of the Great Lakes. The workshops used discoveries at shipwreck sites in Thunder Bay to explore artifact- and place-based education.
  • In 2001, Kevin Boyle received an NEH research fellowship for work on Arc of Justice, which in 2005 won the National Book Award and in 2011 was selected by the Michigan Humanities Council for the Great Michigan Read, a massive program of 294 events that drew 118,000 attendees.
  • In 2010, the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo was awarded $8,100 from the Michigan Humanities Council for Women of New France, events and demonstrations that showcased how colonial women lived and worked during the period 1691–1781.
  • In 2010, the Michigan Commission on the Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 was awarded $15,000 from the Michigan Humanities Council for a film/video documentary on Michigan’s role in the War of 1812.