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MT-258876-18

Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702)
Erin McLeary (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

Age of Alchemy: The Goldsmith's Daughter

Development of a prototype of an immersive game set in 17th-century London that explores the relationship between science, culture, and history.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is developing Age of Alchemy, a game exploring alchemy’s “Golden Age” in Europe during the 1600s. In this era, alchemy was not a fool’s quest for riches and eternal life: it provided economic opportunity, invited curiosity, and examined relationships between humankind and the natural world. Alchemy formed our current ideas about experimental scientific practices and paved the way for modern chemistry. It also impacted period literature, visual art, and music and continues to excite public imagination. Age of Alchemy draws on CHF’s collections of alchemical art and rare books to produce a visually rich and historically accurate experience, awakening empathy for past individuals who used experimental work to navigate society. During this prototyping phase, we will work with playtesters and our advisory team of experts to shape key game mechanics and assess levels of audience engagement and the successful communication of our humanities themes.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; History of Science; Women's History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018


MT-258880-18

Kent State University (Kent, OH 44242-0001)
Paul Haridakis (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

Layers of History: Experiencing May 4, 1970 and Its Legacy

Prototyping of an augmented reality experience on the campus of Kent State University examining the history and memorialization of the May 4, 1970, Kent State shootings.

The project aims to create an augmented reality (AR) application to engage the public with humanities themes and interpretation of historical events surrounding the May 4th shootings that took place on the campus of Kent State University in 1970, during which Ohio national guardsmen killed 4 students and wounded 9 others. The project will create a freely accessible and cross platform website that offers an augmented reality tour of important May 4 landmarks at Kent State. As we prepare for the fiftieth commemoration, this project will help visitors better understand the landscape of both memory and history of the 17.24 acres recently designated the Kent State Shooting National Landmark. By virtually reconstructing buildings and landscapes we can help visitors better understand the events of May 4 and the larger struggle to memorialize and commemorate the victims. The humanistic ideals of citizenship, free speech, protest, and excessive use of force lay at the heart of this project.

Project fields:
Communications; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 9/30/2019


MT-258751-18

ETV Endowment of South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC 29302-2866)
Betsy Newman (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

Reconstruction 360

Prototyping of an interactive mobile app and website using 360-degree video to examine multiple perspectives on the impact and legacy of Reconstruction.

Reconstruction 360 will apply the elements of documentary film—interviews with historians and descendants, carefully crafted video reenactments, archival footage and music, photographs, drawings, maps, and text—to stories that represent significant Reconstruction themes. The final products will be an immersive, mobile application and a companion website that are widely available to a global audience on tablets and smartphones, bringing the Reconstruction era to life for users of mobile and online platforms at all levels of expertise. We will also develop resources for teachers and students in grades 8–12, as well as fundraising, marketing and promotion plans for implementation of the site, and outreach programming for general audiences statewide and for dissemination nationally.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$93,416 (approved)
$93,416 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 4/30/2019


MT-253276-17

CUNY Research Foundation, City College (New York, NY 10031-9101)
Ramona Hernandez (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

A History of Dominican Music in the U.S.

Prototyping of a website exploring the variety of Dominican music and its genres in the United States.

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI) requests support from the NEH in the amount of $99,999 for A History of Dominican Music in the U.S., to prototype an online platform that will narrate the history of Dominican music in the United States from the 1920s to the present. A History of Dominican Music in the U.S. will expose broad American audiences to the cultural contributions and influences that Dominican musicians have had in the U.S. for almost 100 years. The current version of the project will focus on cities where Dominicans have had historically a large presence such as Boston, Miami, New York, Providence, and Washington D.C.; however, the interactive components of the site will yield other cities where Dominican music culture existed and currently takes place.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$99,999 (approved)
$99,999 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 1/31/2020


MT-253343-17

Center for Independent Documentary, Inc. (Boston, MA 02135-1032)
Michael Abraham Epstein (Project Director: June 2016 to present)

Walking Cinema: Museum of the Hidden City

Prototyping of a mobile application and website exploring the history of housing and urban design in San Francisco.

Walking Cinema: Museum of the Hidden City (MoHC) is a mobile application and walking tour exploring San Francisco’s history of affordable housing. Due to its unique mix of preservationist and progressive policies, San Francisco’s affordable housing stock spans a range of eras: from Depression Era minimalist housing blocks, to inclusionary housing in expensive new glass towers, to the largest concentration of Single Room Occupancy hotels left in the United States. The project will use this architecture and its surrounding neighborhoods as stages to show how the history of affordable housing informs present and future efforts to create shelter for all the city’s residents. Amidst numerous cranes, ubiquitous upscaling, and notorious evictions, MoHC will reveal a saga of unintended consequences for a project that may just be getting its footing in one of the most expensive cities in the country

Project fields:
Architecture; Urban History; Urban Studies

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 12/31/2018


MT-234000-16

Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY 14623-5698)
Owen Gottlieb (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

Lost and Found: Promoting Religious Literacies through Gaming

The development of a digital prototype for a game that explores the history of medieval legal codes with an initial focus on the Mishneh Torah written by Maimonides.

This project will prototype a strategic card-to-mobile game based on medieval religious legal codes and will provide a public outreach plan. The purpose of the project is to enhance religious literacies and improve discourse about religious legal systems and increase awareness of the prosocial aspects of religious legal systems (collaboration and cooperation).

Project fields:
Comparative Religion

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,925 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


MT-234023-16

Ohio Humanities Council (Columbus, OH 43215-3857)
Patricia Nelda Williamsen (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

SeeOhioFirst.org

Prototype for a statewide website and mobile application showcasing Ohio humanities and cultural resources.

Ohio Humanities requests a prototyping grant of $100,000 to expand its cultural heritage tourism initiative by developing SeeOhioFirst.org to be a comprehensive, content-rich digital portal showcasing Ohio's rich and varied humanities resources. As the home of First Peoples and the birthplace of astronauts, the human story plays out across the landscape of Ohio. The natural and built environment of the state has contributed to the national story—as a gateway to an expanding nation, as contest ground for empires and contemporary politics, as a proving ground for invention and innovation. SeeOhioFirst.org will include thematic landing pages, a searchable database, and mapping tools to provide the first curated overview of the state's historical and cultural assets. Our goal is to showcase the humanities as a civic and economic asset for the state, and by encouraging cultural heritage experiences, to stimulate the educational potential of travel.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 4/30/2019


MT-234029-16

University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA 90089-0012)
Tracy J. Fullerton (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

Chrono Cards: American Revolution

Prototype development of two complementary card games and an educational website to engage middle school students in learning about the roots of the American Revolution.

The Game Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California requests support for the Chrono Cards: American Revolution project, a set of digital and physical card games that utilizes digital media to guide middle school students in their demonstration of historical knowledge and practice of historical thinking skills. The historical content of the games covers the causes and early events of the American Revolution. Accompanying the games are a series of curricular supports that help teachers contextualize the games and use them most effectively in a classroom environment. This prototype builds on previous work done in partnership with Microsoft Research, which resulted in a proof-of-concept for the games, Fact Fuse and Chrono Scouts.

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Project fields:
American Literature; U.S. History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,936 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2017


MT-234084-16

Historic Hudson Valley (Pocantico Hills, NY 10591-1203)
Ross W. Higgins (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

Slavery in the North Website Project

The prototyping phase of a website on the exploration of the history of slavery in the north during the colonial period.

Historic Hudson Valley is requesting $100,000 to develop a prototype that demonstrates the humanities ideas, digital technology, and public outreach for an online interactive documentary tentatively titled Slavery in the North. The website will shed light on the history of slavery in the colonial North, with a focus on individual stories as a means to personalize the past. Continuing our successful collaboration with design firm C&G Partners and evaluation firm ExposeYourMuseum, HHV will use the Prototyping grant to: 1) Consult with humanities scholars, museum professionals, education advisors, and multi-media storytellers; 2) Compile and expand upon content relating to all northern colonies; 3) Refine the website structure and user experience; 4) Develop scripts and digitize selected assets; 5) Develop a website prototype; 6) Test and evaluate the user experience; and 7) Finalize the website design and technical specifications for Production.

Project fields:
African American History; African American Studies; Public History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016


MT-234139-16

President and Fellows of Harvard College (Cambridge, MA 02138-3846)
Peter Der Manuelian (Project Director: June 2015 to present)

Digital Giza: A New Portal to the Pyramids

The creation of a three-dimensional prototype of the Khafre Pyramid Complex for inclusion in the Digital Giza Project website.

The objective of this Digital Project for the Public (DPP) Prototyping Grant is the creation of scale-version prototype of the Giza Project’s forthcoming public website—Digital Giza: A Portal to the Pyramids (Digital Giza, for short). Using the tools of the future to study the past, this public resource will integrate diverse, primary documentation from over 100 years of international archaeological research with the most archaeologically accurate 3D immersive computer model of the entire Giza Plateau, including the pyramids, temples, settlements, and surrounding cemeteries. The result will be a powerful new online education and research tool for the world community at all levels of expertise.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,990 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016