ICYMI & NEH in the News (March 10th- through 14th)

In Case You Missed It

May and June grant deadlines are quickly approaching. For more information, check out our blog post highlighting key dates for different programs.

Interested in learning more about NEH’s Chronicling America prize worth $1,000 for National History Day students? Take a peek at this recent NHD guest post.

NEH cohosted an event highlighting the film Freedom Riders. Check out video from the event here.

NEH In the News

Two-time NEH fellowship award recipient, Thomas A. Bogar offers a new view on the death of former President Abraham Lincoln titled, “Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination.”

NEH affiliate, Humanities Texas, launched the “Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Onate,” the story of a great pioneer of the American Southwest around 1600.

In the coming weeks, NEH’s Created Equal series will arrive in the Quad Cities at the Moline Public Library.

“The Visual Blues” exhibit explores the relationship between the artists of the Harlem Renaissance and the jazz and blues musicians of the Deep South arrived at the LSU Museum of Art and will be showcased there until July 13th, 2014.

Middlesex Community College, with help from Connecticut Humanities, will celebrate Women’s History month by bringing a series of events to campus.

“The Freedom Riders” and “The Abolitionists” will be screened this Saturday at the Morris Museum in New Jersey as a part of the “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” an NEH initiative.



National History Day Guest Post

Learn about NEH’s Chronicling America Prize and EDSITEment

Today’s post is a guest post on National History Day’s blog: The Voice of NHD. National History Day is a competition for students engaged in history education. This post will also appear on EDSITEment’s blog for educators, Closer Readings. NEH and EDSITEment partnered with NHD on last month’s Google Hangouts.   

Chronicling America Prize for National History Day

NHD contest season is in full swing! Do you know that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) sponsors a special prize for NHD students who make the best use of NEH’s Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers website at the Library of Congress? A $1,000 prize will be offered in both junior and senior divisions of the competition to entries that make the best use of newspaper resources available on Chronicling America. To be eligible, projects must properly cite content from Chronicling America and note it in the primary sources section of their annotated bibliographies.

What’s in Chronicling America?

Students finishing up projects for upcoming regional contests, revising their work in preparation for the next contest, and even those already preparing to head to the national contest in College Park should consider identifying and filling in the gaps in their research. They all might find some great primary sources in Chronicling America. Chronicling America, created through a partnership of the NEH and the Library of Congress, is a free database that enables users to read historic local and regional American newspapers from the 1830s to 1922. NHD students will find a variety of exciting primary source materials in Chronicling America. For example, a student researching the onset of World War I could select the appropriate dates in a search and find an article like this one:

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn88078751/1914-06-30/ed-1/seq-1/ reporting on the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand;

or this one to support their paper on Gavrilo Princip’s motives for the assassination: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045487/1914-07-01/ed-2/seq-28/

EDSITEment’s Chronicling America portal, especially created for teachers and students, contains helpful how-to video tutorials and other guides to using Chronicling America and other NEH resources that will help you create exciting noteworthy National History Day projects. Check it out today!

For more about NEH: http://www.neh.gov/about.

For more about EDSITEment: http://edsitement.neh.gov/about.

May/June Grant Deadlines

We encourage you to share information with your constituents about upcoming NEH grant deadlines. It takes time to put together a strong grant application, so the sooner you contact your constituents with this information, the better (some district offices send out grants newsletters to local institutions). We are hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 25 4:00 PM ET, which will give more information about these grant programs. Congressional staff and/or constituents can register for the free webinar here. You can find more information about all of our grant programs here.

College Professors and Researchers

Fellowships May 1, 2014 Division of Research Programs
Preservation and Access Education and Training May 1, 2014 Division of Preservation and Access
Fellowships for Advanced Social Science Research on Japan May 1, 2014 Division of Research Programs
 Preservation and Access Research and Development May 1, 2014 Division of Preservation and Access

Museums, Libraries, Cultural Institutions, Historic Sites, and Colleges

Preservation and Access Education and Training May 1, 2014 Division of Preservation and Access
Preservation and Access Research and Development May 1, 2014 Division of Preservation and Access
Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions May 1, 2014 Division of Preservation and Access
Challenge Grants May 1, 2014 Office of Challenge Grants

 Colleges, Universities, and Two-Year Colleges

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions June 26, 2014 Division of Education Programs
Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities June 26, 2014 Division of Education Programs
Humanities Initiatives at Tribal Colleges and Universities June 26, 2014 Division of Education Programs


Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics June 11, 2014 Division of Public Programs

ICYMI & NEH in the News (March 3rd- through 7th)

In Case You Missed It

Want to know more about Challenge Grants? Take a look at this recent blog post to learn more.

You can learn even more about Challenge Grants through Hiram College in Ohio. The College recently received a Challenge Grant from the NEH.

NEH In the News

The Walters Art Museum’s World Digital Library Grows to 10,000 Items with help from NEH funding to digitize their collections.

NEH-funded project highlights Raleigh-Durham’s activist media history.

Matteson Public Library to host “Muslim Journeys: Pathways of Faith” reading and discussion series.

Hartwick College will host Barbara J. Fields next Friday, March 14th as a part of their ongoing lecture series titled, “Henceforth and Forever Free: Reflections on the Sesquicentennial of Emancipation in the United States.”

President Lincoln’s inaugural ball will be relived through an NEH-funded exhibit in Hays, Kansas.

Southern historian will discuss perspectives on slavery through NEH-funded grant.

The Pickford Library in Minnesota will screen ‘Prince among Slaves’ tomorrow, at 6:30pm as part of NEH’s Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Challenge Grants: Hiram College

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College has been active in bringing distinctive humanities programs to northeast Ohio. Its highly praised community reading program has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read Program and more recently from the NEH through a Challenge Grant. This Challenge Grant will help the center expand its reading program through greater community outreach and develop a scholar-in-residence position. The scholar-in-residence will provide new opportunities for scholarly reflection and research through interaction with faculty and staff.

Hiram College has also utilized Challenge Grants to leverage private funding for innovative educational endeavors in the past. Hiram received its first NEH Challenge Grant in 1994 to develop a humanities collection in its campus library, and its second in 2000 to support a Center for Literature, Medicine, and the Biomedical Humanities. In both cases the college leveraged the seed money provided by the Challenge Grant to inspire individuals and private organizations to add their support, creating long-lasting programs that have had a large impact on their community.

You can find more information about this grant program here. If you have questions, please contact NEH’s Office of Challenge Grants at 202-606-8309 or at challenge@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

Challenge Grants

The NEH offers Challenge Grants—capacity-building, matching grants—to help institutions and organizations fund long-term humanities projects. The matching requirement for most Challenge Grants is three nonfederal dollars for every federal dollar. HBCUs, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and two-year colleges are offered two-to-one matching grants. Awards can be used for many purposes: to purchase capital equipment and upgraded technological infrastructure, to renovate or construct facilities, and to increase a library’s holdings or a museum’s collections. Challenge Grant funds have also enabled many institutions to fund endowments that might support  an endowed chair at a university or an endowed lecture series. Colleges and universities, museums, public libraries, research institutions, historical societies and historic sites, scholarly associations, state humanities councils, and other nonprofit humanities entities can apply for a Challenge Grant.

A wide range of organizations have made use of Challenge Grants. Some notable projects include the renovation of the National Civil Rights Museum’s Lorraine Motel Building, and the development of an innovative humanities curriculum at Bentley University, a school that focuses predominantly on business.   Lewis and Clark Community College in Edwardsville, Illinois, received a Challenge Grant to establish the Mannie Jackson Endowment and Center for the Humanities in 2011, making it one of the first two-year colleges to receive a Challenge Grant.  The center is named for Mannie Jackson, a former owner of the Harlem Globtrotters, whose donations matched the funds offered by NEH. The center will be housed in the historic Lincoln School, which served black children from 1912 through 1951. (Jackson was a student at the school.) Once it opens following renovations, the center will bring together diverse audiences and provide humanities programming through lectures, readings, dialogues, and public service opportunities.

You can find more information about this grant program here. If you have questions, please contact NEH’s Office of Challenge Grants at 202-606-8309 or at challenge@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.

ICYMI & NEH in the News (February 24th- through 28th)

In Case You Missed It

Interested in applying for a NEH research grant for faculty at HBCUs? Check out our recent blog post for more information: Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Check out this post to learn more about our Preservation and Access Research and Development grant program and this post to learn more about Preservation and Access Education and Training grants.

NEH In the News

Humanities Texas, NEH’s state council in Texas, enables local Texas teachers to study with distinguished scholars at history workshop in Corpus Christi.

A Storytelling event at the University of Georgia in Athens on March, 5th will discuss ‘Life in the Atomic Age.’

NEH Supports UChicago Digital Humanities Project Focused on 18th-Century Intellectual History

An NEH grant fuels food studies program at the University of Houston.

An NEH Challenge Grant helped the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan expand and augment their exhibit collection; learn more in this article: Telling Immigrant Tales, the Old and the New.

Humanities Center partners with tpt for Constitution Talks based on NEH-funded documentary, Constitution USA with Peter Sagal.

Preservation and Access Education and Training

NEH’s Preservation and Access Education and Training grants are integral to preserving millions of books, manuscripts, images, artifacts and records.  The grant is awarded to libraries, archives, museums and historical organizations across the country that plan to offer national or regional education and training programs for other institutions (and for the employees of those institutions).  Grants are designed to help the grantee institutions offer training to improve conservation and preservation practices. The deadline for applications for the 2015 calendar year is May 1st, 2014. For more information, and to view sample applications, please visit the grant program’s home page.

In the past, grants have supported a broad scope of projects. For example, NEH awarded a grant to the Amigos Library Services Imaging and Preservation Field Service in Dallas, TX.  The field service’s award program enabled it to provide information, disaster preparedness and recovery assistance, training and site survey consultations to libraries across the Southwest. UCLA received funding to support internships in archaeological and ethnographic conservation. This program funds stipends for seven UCLA/Getty Master’s Program graduate students to complete summer and third-year internships in archaeological and ethnographic conservation. Their work could involve working with ethnographic objects, including rock art, wall paintings and mosaics found both in collections and on site.

Preservation and Access Research and Development

Preservation and Access Research and Development grants are designed to support projects that address major challenges in preserving and providing increased access to humanities collections and resources.  Applications should aim to define a specific preservation problem, devise procedures and potential solutions, explain how researchers would evaluate their results, and propose a method for propagating their findings. The deadline for applications is May 1st, 2014, for projects beginning in January 2015. For more information, and to view sample applications, please visit the homepage for the grant program.

In the past, projects have devised methods for increasing access to archived collections that had not yet been digitally preserved. Other projects have explored new ways to provide sustainable heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to operate in collection environments. These methods reduce energy costs while safely preserving materials in archives and museum collections.

The program has awarded grants to a wide range of institutions across the country, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where researchers are establishing guidelines for the safe handling and storage of nitrate film stock. Many historic films are available only on nitrate film, which is highly flammable. The researchers will complete their project over a 30-month span, and will provide institutions with cost-benefit analyses for preserving nitrate film holdings. Cornell University received funding to develop a technical framework for creating access to digital media art, using the holdings in Cornell’s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art as a test bed. The project began in February 2013 and aims to not only provide preservation models for new media art, but to also allow researchers enhanced access to the art works, and to document innovative research in digital preservation for other archives and curators.


Awards for Faculty at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

As part of the Awards for Faculty program, the NEH offers research grants for individual faculty or staff members at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). HBCUs were established before 1964 to educate black Americans, but now all citizens are eligible to enroll. The lists available here  catalogue the HBCUs across the country.

The Awards for Faculty grant program accepts applications from individuals conducting research in a humanities field, such as art history, philosophy, literature or interdisciplinary studies. The funding can support all different types of research projects. Past grantees have created digital materials, books, articles, and monographs, and undertaken research to improve undergraduate courses or to achieve community or institutional goals. The deadline to apply is April 15th, 2014, for projects beginning as early as January 1st, 2015.

Past projects demonstrate the variety of disciplines this grant program supports. The project of one recent grantee, Emily Greble, examined what it meant to be Muslim in Europe as nation-states emerged. Her project focused on how Balkan Muslims balanced practicing their religion with the various political upheavals they experienced from the collapse of the Ottoman Empire to the rise of the Communist state. Other investigations examine historical developments that explain modern trends. For example, Dirk Philipsen undertook a project that investigated the use of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an indicator of economic growth and economic health.

You can find more information about the grant program here. For further questions, please contact NEH’s Division of Research Programs at 202-606-8200 or FacultyAwards@neh.gov. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.