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Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Washington received $9.4 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Humanities Washington for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.

Below are some examples.

  • Consisting of six homestead cabins from the late 1800s, containing artifacts such as masks, carvings, and tools, the Orcas Island Historical Museum documents island life both before and after European settlement. A $100,000 Save America’s Treasures grant was awarded to secure, fireproof, and control these historic buildings’ interior climate.
  • With support from a $935,500 grant, the Washington State Library, Olympia, is digitizing 200,000 pages of historic newspapers from 1870 to 1922 such as the Yakima Herald and the Tacoma Times. This work is part of Chronicling America, an NEH–Library of Congress collaboration.
  • Supported by a $215,500 grant, Civility and American Democracy, a two-day conference and workshop at Washington State University, Pullman, in spring 2011, drew scholars of history, philosophy, religion, architecture, and communications.
  • The Plateau Peoples include numerous tribes who once lived in the watershed of the Columbia River, such as the 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man discovered in 1996. With a $142,500 grant to Washington State University, a web portal devoted to collections and archives of these cultures will see its intellectual content enhanced.
  • The Washington State Historical Society received a $215,000 grant to preserve and digitize documents, film, photos, videotape, and other materials assembled by a consortium of seventeen college archives documenting women’s history. These collections are accessible to researchers through one website.
  • The Records of Early English Drama (REED) project at the University of Puget Sound has published nearly 16,000 pages of text that have compelled scholars to revise many suppositions about seventeenth century theater companies. Recipient of three recent grants totaling $775,000, REED is extending its survey to the Inns of Court, a venue for Shakespeare’s plays, and earlier London performance history.
  • William Brumfield’s multi-decade photographic documentation of historic Russian buildings captured countless images of architectural achievement that might otherwise be forgotten. With support from a $325,000 grant, the University of Washington, Seattle, is preserving and presenting 30,000 Brumfield photographs in a text-and-image database.
  • The Book-It Repertory Theater mixes literature, theater, and public conversation, as it did with the production of Huckleberry Finn—Uncensored with the help of a Spark Grant from Humanities Washington.
  • Big Idea Talks: a collaboration between the Walla Walla Public Library and Whitman College is a public lecture and conversation series featuring college faculty in Walla Walla and supported by a Spark Grant from Humanities Washington.
  • The Cowlitz County Historical Museum, Kelso, hosted the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition Key Ingredients: America by Food.