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Between 2003 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Nevada received $6.1 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Nevada Humanities for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • Begun in 2001 with a $44,000 grant to Nevada Humanities, the Online Nevada Encyclopedia continues to expand. The free multimedia resource has recently featured materials on band leader Antoniio Marelli and the history of civil rights in Nebraska.
  • Supported by a $248,700 grant, the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, has created a multilingual bibliographic database of Basque language, history, and culture. The resource, which is available online through the university’s Basque Library, contains more than 18,000 records.
  • History professor Paul W. Worth of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, received a $40,000 fellowship to research religious freedom and the development of civil order in Russia between 1772 and 1914.
  • The Lost City Museum in Overton, Nevada, was established in 1935 to collect and exhibit Anasazi artifacts urgently preserved as construction of the Hoover Dam caused Lake Mead to overflow. With $6,000, the museum hired a conservator to consult on its storage and housing.
  • Sandra Jean Ott, a professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno, has received a $6,000 grant to research the trials of French Nazi collaborators after World War II. Her upcoming book, Crimes and Punishments: Collaborators and Justice in the Pyrenean Borderlands, 1940-1946, will explore human dignity and the morality of capital punishment through the historic trials.
  • A $2,000 grant helped the Guggenheim–Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas host a teacher leadership program devoted to understanding work and social class through the art of the Industrial Revolution.
  • A $25,000 grant supported two planning seminars for the Asian Studies Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Center, which explores the contemporary and historical relevance of Asian politics and culture to the campus and Las Vegas communities, was founded in 2004.
  • In 2009, Nevada Humanities became a partner in Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Heath Care, a national reading and discussion program designed to improve communication skills, increase empathy for patients, and promote job satisfaction among health care professionals.
  • Begun in 2002, the Vegas Valley Book Festival has grown into the largest literature event in Las Vegas. Sponsored in part by Nevada Humanities, the festival features readings, panel discussions, workshops, and poetry performances from some of the most acclaimed national and Nevadian authors.
  • Building Atomic Vegas, a recent exhibition at the Atomic Testing Museum, marking the 60th anniversary of the first nuclear test, in which a B-50 bomber at 20,000 feet dropped a nuclear warhead codenamed Able onto the desert floor, was supported by grant from Nevada Humanities.