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Organization of American Historians (Bloomington, IN 47408-4141)
Edward L. Ayers (Project Director: April 2017 to August 2019)
"Out of Many, One" Planning Grant

Beginning in the fall 2017 and throughout 2018, at historical societies, museums, and historical sites across the nation, Americans will come together to discuss how to best represent their communities’ role in the U. S. On January 1, 2018, a website will be created to begin displaying the results of those conversations. Several major national organizations will work together to host the discussions: the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State Humanities Councils, the American Association for State and Local History, the National Park Service, and the Organization of American Historians. Together, these organizations will sponsor conversations called, “Out of Many, One,” the translation of the founding motto of the U. S. in 1782, E Pluribus Unum. The OAH will coordinate the collaborations, issuing an invitation to its more than 7,000 members to reach out to their local historical societies, museums and historical sites to co-sponsor an event in their communities. The AASLH and NPS will help promote the collaboration before, during and after each institution’s participation, encouraging museum/historical society/humanities center directors to connect with local historians. Each collaboration team will submit a brief proposal to the OAH coordinator. After approval, each partner will receive a small stipend to help defray expenses. Each community, drawing from its local history and archives will choose an image, along with a paragraph of explanation, to the OAH, where it will join thousands of others. In the digital mosaic that results, visitors will be able to view the remarkable diversity of our nation, as well as its unifying details. The image collection will serve as a new learning tool and archive for teachers, archivists, historians, museum educators, and community residents. This grant request includes funding for a planning meeting of the partners so the details of this project can be worked out and a grant proposal for $300,000 can be prepared and submitted to the NEH. 

Project fields:

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Public Programs

$30,000 (approved)
$29,988 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 3/31/2018