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GA-274355-20

Edith Wharton Restoration, Inc. (Lenox, MA 01240-0974)
Anne Schuyler (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Susan Wissler (Co Project Director: November 2020 to present)
The Mount Humanities Programming in Response to COVID-19

The retention of fifteen staff members to work on online programing and preparation for reopening of The Mount. 

The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center dedicated to the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of author Edith Wharton. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will develop and present humanities programming that will enable us to retain seven year-round and eight seasonal humanities staff positions. From June through December 2020, The Mount will focus on internet-based experiences and, once public health regulations allow, modified in-person programs and tours. Humanities programming will include online conversations with authors of contemporary fiction, online and in-person lectures by historians and biographers, explorations of Wharton’s life and work, audio and virtual tours of the property, and research support for scholars. A grant from the NEH will enable us to retain humanities staff and programming despite the significant reduction in earned income from programs and visitors caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Project fields:
Architecture; Literature, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$294,206 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021