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PB-273983-20

California Indian Musuem and Cultural Center (Santa Rosa, CA 95403-8069)
Nicole Lim (Project Director: April 2020 to present)
COVID-19 Response: K-12 and Families Virtual Public Programming

The retention of three core staff, who would create virtual versions of key K-12 public programs.

Adapt 3 onsite cultural arts programs focused on K-12 and family audiences to online formats and deliver virtually to up to 1,250 students, teachers and parents in the Greater Bay Area of California.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; History, Other; Native American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$51,287 (approved)
$51,287 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


PB-273988-20

University of Alaska, Fairbanks (Fairbanks, AK 99775-7500)
Angela Linn (Project Director: April 2020 to August 2021)
Maintaining Preservation & Access for the UA Museum of the North Cultural Collections

Retention of staff members who would digitize accession records and supplement existing online collection records with further information and relevant cross-references, thereby enhancing virtual accessibility for students, researchers, and the public.

Through the NEH CARES Act funding, the UA Museum of the North (UAMN) seeks to retain four senior humanities employees whose positions are at-risk of furlough due to COVID-19 closure of the museum. This project will enable staff to enhance the preservation of and access to over one million objects important to the cultural heritage of Alaska and the Circumpolar North. Through the strengthening of collections records and the improved accessibility of accession data and physical items, we will continue to serve our diverse community of users that include academic researchers, public history practitioners, museum professionals, members of the general public, and Indigenous source communities.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Area Studies; Arts, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$148,878 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


HC-273992-20

1947 Partition Archive (Berkeley, CA 94704-1345)
Guneeta Singh Bhalla (Project Director: April 2020 to present)
Preserving collections and adapting to cloud based digital archiving techniques during the COVID19 pandemic

The preservation of two full-time jobs by creating digital workflows for oral history collections.

The 1947 Partition Archive seeks NEH CARES funding to retain its humanities staff during this time of reduced revenues from community events, and engage in adapting its office-based digital archiving techniques into a cloud-based system not confined to any particular geography. On implementing this change, The Archive will produce an open-access white paper to support continuity of activities in other larger and small-scale heritage institutions affected by the lockdowns. As an Asian American Heritage organization, The Archive advances the relevance of a humanistic understanding of traumatic histories of migration around 1947. Inspired by the work of Shoah.org and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, it offers the world’s largest oral history repository on eye-witness accounts of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan. [edited by staff]

Project fields:
Asian American Studies; British History; South Asian History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-273998-20

City of Aurora (Aurora, IL 60505-3302)
Eric Pry (Project Director: April 2020 to present)
Continued Operation of Aurora Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

The retention of the museum’s curator to work on an upcoming exhibition.

Aurora’s GAR Memorial Museum is seeking NEH assistance to assure the Museum continues operating at least through the end of 2020. An NEH grant would cover the salary of the Museum Curator and partial cost of programs planned for Fall 2020. Aurora’s GAR Hall was built in 1878 as a tribute to those Civil War veterans who fought to preserve the Union and abolish slavery. The Museum’s Main Level features exhibits with a local focus on the Civil War. Since early 2020, the Museum has been closed for the renovation of its Lower Level into a place for rotating exhibits on America’s conflicts from World War I through today; a site for historic presentations to the community; and a meeting space for local veterans. The Lower Level will reopen this Fall. Facing a loss of millions of dollars in sales and property taxes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is considering cutting staff positions and projects. Only essential personnel – such as public safety – would be exempt from the cuts.

Project fields:
Composition and Rhetoric; Military History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274010-20

Lakota Language Consortium (Bloomington, IN 47404-2008)
Ben Black Bear (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Lakota Language Consortium E-Learning Platform Expansion and Reader Creation

Compensation for six staff members for the further development and application of Lakota-language e-learning resources for teachers and schools in North and South Dakota.

This project seeks to expand Owóksape, a Lakota e-Learning platform, add create classroom integration to the platform, and create intermediate and advanced Lakota Readers. Both products will provide needed curricula expansion.

Project fields:
Languages, Other; Linguistics; Native American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$78,100 (approved)
$78,100 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274018-20

Archaeology Southwest (Tucson, AZ 85701-1107)
Aaron Wright (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Indigenous Petroglyphs as Social Networks

Retention of one part-time staff position and creation of four full-time positions for a six-month research project to collect and analyze petroglyphs through a social network framework.

The Indigenous Petroglyphs as Social Networks (IPSN) project will enlist Native American tribal members to develop and facilitate the ingestion of a large volume of petroglyph data into cyberSW 2.0, a centralized online archaeological data synthesis and knowledge discovery system for use by the general public, tribal communities, and scholars. As a data compilation, synthesis, compatibility, and conversion project, IPSN will enable the network analysis of petroglyphs across the American Southwest via cyberSW’s Neo4J graph database to address questions about social identity, territoriality, and religious expression at scales never before possible and with a resolution never before attempted. In light of the current public health crisis, four Data Specialists from the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe and a project director will work exclusively from their homes to carry out the project’s activities.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Archaeology; Nonwestern Religion

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$114,219 (approved)
$114,218 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


PB-274021-20

Chicago Film Archives, NFP (Chicago, IL 60616-1120)
Yasmin Desouki (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Uncovering Midwest Histories on Film During the Time of Covid-19

The retention and hiring of four positions at the Chicago Film Archives to process and digitize portions of four audiovisual collections documenting Midwest culture and history.

"Uncovering Midwest Histories" is an effort to remedy the universal problem of archives - that of having too few staff to meet the challenge of processing a multitude of collections that contain enormous numbers of items. Because of the abrupt halt of everyday operations at CFA caused by COVID-19, social distancing measures, and a recession, CFA will take this opportunity to have its staff focus on processing four large and important film collections that CFA has not had the time nor capacity to address under normal circumstances. Simultaneously, CFA will evolve an effective and safe way of operating in the office as social distancing becomes a necessary and routine component of operations.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism; Public History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$71,000 (approved)
$54,700 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274024-20

Rhode Island Latino Arts (Providence, RI 02907-1353)
Marta V. Martinez (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Stories of Our Ancestors • Historias de Nuestros Antepasados: Theatrical Monologues

A series of community conversations and archival story collection with members of the Latino community in Rhode Island.

Nuestras Raices @Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) has been collecting the community history by organizing a series of community conversations (pláticas, or the Spanish word for “to talk or chat”) with members of the Latino community in Rhode Island. With a Challenge grant from the NEH, we were able to purchase equipment that allowed us to scan documents, film/record stories and then file them in our archives. During this phase, we are seeking funds to continue our very successful community pláticas and story collection. These stories will become source material for the creation of a series of dramatic readings/monologues based on the transcripts of the pláticas. In partnership with Trinity Repertory Company, the monologue/stories will be presented during our 6th season of Teatro en El Verano, in the summer of 2021. Additionally, the oral histories may become a full play and added to Trinity Rep's season calendar on a date to be determined in 2022.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$10,000 (approved)
$9,303 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 2/28/2021


PB-274029-20

Vermont Historical Society (Barre, VT 05641-4209)
Stephen Perkins (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Preserving and Expanding Access to Vermont's History

The retention of eight staff members to produce digital records for online access to the Vermont Historical Society’s museum and library collections.

VHS seeks funding to support the important work carried out by our library and museum collections departments to make Vermont history accessible from anywhere in the world. This work has greater importance now, as researchers, teachers, students, and the general public are unable to benefit from our services in person. VHS serves more than 6,000 teachers and students annually, who are relying on access to online primary source materials as they navigate virtual learning and continue to meet curriculum standards. Researchers need access to the rare and unique items preserved in our archives to promote scholarship on Vermont history. Since the start of the current pandemic, we have seen a distinct increase in use of our digital collections, as the public connects the past with the present to make sense of current events. Though nothing can replace experiencing collections in real life, we endeavor to meet the growing need for access through museum and library objects cataloged online.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$133,512 (approved)
$133,512 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274030-20

International Center of Medieval Art Inc. (New York, NY 10040-1189)
Nina Ariane Rowe (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
International Center of Medieval Art Coordinator for Digital Engagement

One new part-time position through the hiring of a digital coordinator to facilitate remote conversation and scholarship.

This coordinator will develop and oversee online initiatives serving the needs of scholars, teachers, museum professionals, and enthusiasts specializing in medieval art history at a time when we cannot gather in person.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$11,140 (approved)
$11,139 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274036-20

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at Basin Harbor, Inc. (Vergennes, VT 05491-9192)
Christopher Hale (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Navigating for the Future

Retention of four staff to maintain the institution’s collection and site during closure and create online programming.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum cannot safely open to the public as scheduled in 2020. This means that thousands of students and visitors will not experience the hands-on connection to our region’s history and archeology that results from visiting our site and participating in experiential workshops and classes. Navigating for the Future will support activities to ensure that Lake Champlain Maritime Museum will continue to serve our mission and be here for our community during and after this crisis. Staff will continue to maintain our fleet of historic boats, our 3-acre campus, our exhibits, and our collections, even while we cannot welcome in-person visitors. Staff will also learn new safety procedures so that we can interact with the public while keeping our community and our staff healthy and safe. While we are closed to the public, the staff will continue to share new content and resources with our online audiences.

Project fields:
Public History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$53,036 (approved)
$53,036 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 10/31/2020


GA-274046-20

Friends of Alice Austen House, Inc. (Staten Island, NY 10305-2002)
Victoria Munro (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Alice Austen House: Expanding Access to Public Programming in 2020

The retention of five staff members to implement a virtual tour and related resources.

Friends of Alice Austen House (AAH) requests support from NEH to support a project to make our permanent installation, contemporary art exhibitions, and education programs accessible to a virtual audience as New York City deals with the on-going novel coronavirus pandemic. In expectation of continued need for social distancing and limited access for tour groups and school trips, AAH will leverage the new permanent installation, New Eyes on Alice Austen, as well as the content in our contemporary galleries, to create an immersive online tour, digitize and make available supporting components of our collection, and develop a hard copy guide to the installation, to be used in-house and as part of off-site education programming.

Project fields:
U.S. History; Women's History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$63,000 (approved)
$63,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274065-20

Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation (Powell, WY 82435-8723)
Cally Steussy (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation CARES Act project

The work of eleven staff members and one consultant to produce programing exploring the experience of Japanese Americans interned at Heart Mountain Relocation Center.

The Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation will create public programming with a digital humanities component to cope with the challenges created by the coronavirus crisis. The project will involve creating online videos, podcasts and other content packaged with digitized archives and artifacts.

Project fields:
East Asian History; Immigration History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$92,851 (approved)
$92,851 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274067-20

Oklahoma State University (Stillwater, OK 74078-1016)
Mary A. Larson (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Supporting Diversity and Inclusivity Through Library Humanities Initiatives

Continued employment of two full-time postdoctoral scholars at the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University, who are working on humanities research projects for the public.

The Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University is requesting funding to retain and hire staff to support scholarly research in a variety of humanities initiatives that have been impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting budgetary issues. Initiatives include staff and graduate students working on multiple oral history projects, a research faculty member focusing on promoting the collection of historian Angie Debo and making it more easily available to the public, a faculty member helping educate faculty and students on digital humanities methodologies as well as providing visual resources expertise for the Architecture Library, a librarian providing cultural expertise for the Architecture Library, and a graduate student helping make materials in the recently acquired Zarrow Art Collection more easily searchable by the public. The Library is also proposing the purchase of equipment that will enhance teleworking capabilities and also support remote oral history recording.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History; U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$76,415 (approved)
$69,820 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274068-20

Marist College (Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387)
John Ansley (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
The Digital Humanities Class Development Project

 Continued employment of archivists, librarians, and faculty, to develop a digital humanities project.

The main goal of the Digital Humanities Class Development Project is to create an on-line digital humanities course for undergraduates that will be shared on Creative Commons (a repository for a wide-range of creative works that are legally shared with any interested parties). The course will be designed to be taught over a traditional semester (14 weeks), but will be flexible enough to be edited or condensed by the instructor to fit a non-traditional semester.

[Media coverage]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$140,902 (approved)
$140,902 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274074-20

Idaho State Historical Society (Boise, ID 83702-5652)
Amber Beierle (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Saving Humanities Positions at Old Pen

Retention of staff positions and the creation of an online version of “Riot Exhibit” and accompanying digital educational materials.

Saving humanities positions at the Old Idaho Penitentiary due to the covid-19 pandemic. The ISHS requests $300,000.00 to save 17 positions, of which 8 are full-time benefited staff.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$141,000 (approved)
$141,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274080-20

City of El Paso (El Paso, TX 79901-1402)
Vladimir Von Tsurikov (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
El Paso Museum of History Salary and Program Support

Planning and preparation for reopening of the museum in the fall to host the debut of new two exhibitions and related public programming.

To ease the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and continue in mission to an expansive audience in the West Texas Borderplex region and to travelers, El Paso Museum of History seeks support in salaries and exhibition/programming being planned upon re-opening of the museum in late summer. Further, the museum will need to properly protect the safety and health of staff and visitors. Anticipated additional costs of re-opening the museum will be incurred as it involves new procedures, preparation and purchases of supplies. Moreover, these new safety procedures may limit admissions, which for an extended period will also impact operations revenue.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$110,000 (approved)
$110,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


GA-274082-20

American Jewish Historical Society (New York, NY 10011-6301)
Annie Polland (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Live From the AJHS Archives

Retention of six staff members to present live streamed programs with the archivist and historian guiding audiences in the examination and contextualization of historical documents.

“Live From the Archives” builds on the AJHS’s mission and responds to the current set of challenges and opportunities by creating accessible video dives into the archive, elevating individual documents or objects as building blocks for analysis and conversation. Certain building blocks will be enhanced by adding analysis from outside scholars who will view the original building block and film their responses/conversation, which will then be reposted. We plan to prioritize certain documents and objects for which we have ongoing scholarly working groups and collecting initiatives, including Jews and Food, Jews of Color, Women in Politics and American antisemitism. These episodes and sessions build on the AJHS’s experience leading people through the archival spaces and working with scholars, but in the use of new technology, create novel and immersive digital storytelling experiences that highlight and strengthen the relationship between the archivist, object, viewer, scholar and public.

Project fields:
History, Other; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$206,995 (approved)
$206,994 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274096-20

Seneca Nation of Indians (Salamanca, NY 14779-0231)
Rebecca Bowen (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Seneca Nation Archives Department Preservation and Access

The retention of one core staff position for the Seneca Nation Archives. The collection includes original tribal council minutes and census books that date back to the mid-1800s, and documents and photographs relating to the Thomas Indian School.

Funding will support the return of staff to continue archival operations

Project fields:
History, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$30,591 (approved)
$30,591 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274099-20

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Peter William Brewer (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Maintaining museum staff during the pandemic to safeguard archaeological specimens

The retention of seven staff members to preserve and catalog two dendroarchaeology collections at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, one that derives from the U.S. Southwest, and the other, from the Aegean.

Proposal to retain key experienced museum staff during the pandemic. Staff will safeguard key archaeological specimens from the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$71,699 (approved)
$71,699 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


PB-274117-20

Monhegan Museum (Monhegan, ME 04852)
Jennifer Pye (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
World War II and Monhegan: A multimedia online exhibition depicting the wartime experience of the residents of a remote island.

Four staff members and one web design consultant, as well as necessary materials and supplies, to develop the platform for a digital exhibit, “World War II: On Island and Abroad,” that will allow visitors to virtually engage with the museum’s archives through multimedia stories curated from the collection.

The Monhegan Museum of Art & History will create an online exhibition platform that will increase access to the museum’s holdings. The pilot exhibition: "World War II: On Island and Abroad" will use artworks, oral histories, moving images, photographs, letters, and ephemera to communicate the stories of a remote island community in wartime. Professional training received while constructing this exhibition will allow museum staff to build additional displays and expand outreach.

[Grant products][Media coverage]

Project fields:
Arts, General; Rural Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$38,409 (approved)
$38,409 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/25/2020 – 2/28/2021


GA-274124-20

Outagamie County Historical Society, Inc (Appleton, WI 54911-5715)
Matthew Joseph Carpenter (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Retain Staff for Humanities Programming

The retention of two employees to collect and archive the pandemic in central Wisconsin.

This project focuses on safeguarding the salaries of the History Museum's two key humanities positions for a six month period through to the end of 2020 so they may continue developing public educational programming amidst the economic uncertainty of the Covid 19 pandemic. It also allows the Museum to acquire lap top computers so the two key individuals and their project manager may effectively develop and execute new humanities programs.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$57,981 (approved)
$57,981 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274128-20

Aha Punana Leo Inc. (Hilo, HI 96720-2001)
Janice Pualani Kahoohanohano (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
I Paa Maila Ke Kahua Hale, "So that the House Foundation will be made Firm."

The retention of twelve positions to continue Native Hawaiian teaching programs across the state, to get educational, cultural, and native language teaching resources to families, and to implement safety procedures for classroom teaching.

Retaining and hiring Hawaiian language medium education teachers and staff for Punana Leo Hawaiian language preschools throughout the State of Hawaii.

Project fields:
Languages, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274134-20

Newark Museum Association (Newark, NJ 07102-3109)
Silvia Filippini-Fantoni (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Enhancing Digital Programming and Engagement at The Newark Museum of Art

The retention of eleven employees, who would help transition the museum to virtual programming, provide teacher training, a engage in outreach to educational communities.

The Newark Museum of Art requests support for a project to enhance its capacity to develop and present virtual public programming for diverse audiences that includes humanities subjects and activities. This initiative will involve: i) digital program content development; ii) planning to support a concurrent website redesign project (which is being funded separately) that will strengthen the delivery of digital content; ii) staff training on effective digital engagement strategies; and iii) the implementation of a variety of digital programs and activities aimed at school, family, youth and adult audiences across the country and the world. The proposed project will enable the Museum to respond to the growing public demand for digital museum programming that has arisen due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also allow the Museum to retain a total of 11 current employees through the end of the December 2020.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Arts, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$295,166 (approved)
$295,166 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274141-20

City and County of Butte-Silver Bow (Butte, MT 59701-9206)
Aubrey Jaap (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Bringing Local History into the Classroom

Retaining two full-time and one part-time archive staff, along with a paid intern, to place online a project integrating archival materials into the local social studies curriculum.

The Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives' mission is to work with educators to enhance the classroom experience using archival collections. In April of 2020, Butte, Montana's fifth graders were scheduled to tour the Archives and work with archival materials. Due to COVID-19, these plans were cancelled. The Archives proposes providing this curriculum online by digitizing the archival materials with hands-on projects about Butte, Montana's history. The Archives proposes placing this curriculum online in a downloadable package for students and educators. The packets were developed with the School District's Curriculum Office as well as local teachers. The package would be supplemented with a virtual tour of the facility and educational information about the care and handling of archival materials will be provided.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$26,177 (approved)
$25,283 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


HC-274142-20

American Writers Museum Foundation (Chicago, IL 60601-7426)
Christopher Burrow (Project Director: May 2020 to March 2021)
Microsites Exploring American Writers and their Influence

Retention of six full-time employees at the American Writers Museum (AWM) in Chicago, Illinois and support for contractors to develop online exhibits and curricular materials about American writers and historical figures.  

Three microsites that present and expand on content in American Writers Museum exhibits, along with their related author programs and student curriculum.

Project fields:
American Literature

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$228,569 (approved)
$228,569 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274143-20

American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387)
Patrick K. Spero (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Benjamin Franklin's American Enlightenment: Documenting Early American Science at the American Philosophical Society

The retention of staff members, postdoctoral fellows, and consultants who have been working on projects to increase the availability of library special collections and archival materials related to the Society’s influential role in early American science.

“Benjamin Franklin’s American Enlightenment: Documenting Early American Science at the American Philosophical Society” will allow the APS to continue to employ staff, graduate students, and recent PhDs to work on several projects meant to enhance our understanding of the importance of science and scientific learning to those living in the 18th and 19th centuries. Projects include a bibliographic database of the publications of APS Members (elected 1775-85); online transcriptions of the APS’s minutes (1774-1787) to be displayed beside images of the original manuscript; digitization and transcription of APS Members James Madison and David Rittenhouse’s meteorological records; a transcription and analysis of Franklin’s financial account books and business transactions; a virtual exhibition and catalogue of “Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist”; and educational materials that make these projects accessible and meaningful for learners of all ages.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$199,987 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274147-20

University of Houston System (Houston, TX 77204-0001)
Nicolas Kanellos (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Recovery/Arte Publico

The retention of the three leadership roles of the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage program, which identifies, preserves, and creates access to books, manuscripts, documents, newspapers, periodicals, and ephemera created by Latinos/as in the United States from the colonial period through 1960.

The University of Houston's Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage requests salary support for three leaders of its Preservation and Access Program.

Project fields:
Hispanic American Studies; Latin American Literature; Latino History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$135,687 (approved)
$135,687 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274158-20

University Press of Mississippi (Jackson, MS 39211-6453)
Craig Gill (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
University Press of Mississippi (a proposal to support salary costs and retain staff during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Partial salary support for six full-time employees who will continue work on the approximately 85 new humanities books published by the University Press of Mississippi each year.

University Press of Mississippi (UPM) is a nonprofit humanities publisher of ground-breaking scholarly books in African American studies, American studies, folklore, history, literary studies, and all aspects of popular culture. As bookstores and libraries throughout the world have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UPM’s sales revenue has declined dramatically. The best estimate is that sales from April through September will drop by at least 50%, with a decrease of 25% projected for October through December. Based on its existing budget, this will cause a cash shortfall of approximately $618,750. UPM seeks an emergency grant for part of its salary expenses for the 6-month period from July 1 through December 31, 2020. These funds will pay a portion of the salaries of 16 of 20 full-time UPM employees. NEH CARES funds will reduce some of the pressure caused by the ongoing economic disaster and allow UPM to retain staff and use its remaining resources to support its core mission.

Project fields:
African American Studies; American Studies; Arts, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$94,097 (approved)
$94,097 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274159-20

Arkansas State University (State University, AR 72467-2760)
Marti L. Allen (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Wage and Supplies Support for Pandemic-Adjusted Gallery Tours and Activities

Arkansas State University Museum requests $51,921 to develop and deliver culture- and history-based tours and gallery activities adjusted to pandemic standards of hygiene and social distancing during the period July 1 to December 31, 2020. The request includes $35,258 of part-time wages and fringe benefits, $1,900 for supplies to support the new standards, and $14,763 of University-required indirect costs. By increasing the number of personnel in our corps of gallery aides, these funds will enable the Museum to safely sustain a solid level of informal humanities-focused experiences that thrill children, promote intergenerational learning, and encourage learning as a family value. This work is critical to our mission-driven endeavors to connect audiences with their history, engage them in progressive thinking, and enable them to feel, once again, the sense of community they have been missing due to the pandemic.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$51,921 (approved)
$51,921 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 1/31/2021


GA-274163-20

Amelia Island Museum of History Inc. (Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-4210)
Phyllis Davis (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
DOCUMENTING THE INITIAL COVID-19 OUTBREAK EXPERIENCE IN NASSAU COUNTY

Hiring of two graduate student interns to conduct oral history interviews and research documenting the COVID-19 outbreak in Nassau County, Florida.

The goal of this project will be to document the initial outbreak experience of the Covid-19 pandemic on a local level. This event will impact the entire world and create new realities across all socioeconomic boundaries. It is a global transformative and generational change comparable to the 9/11 tragedy in how we view and experience the world. We feel it is imperative to document as much as possible of this seismic shift while the experiences are fresh and resources are still accessible.

Project fields:
History, General; Public History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$10,120 (approved)
$10,120 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


HC-274171-20

Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (Mecosta, MI 49332-9699)
Gerald Russello (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
The Russell Kirk Center and The University Bookman: Preserving and Renewing Culture

Retention of four staff members and honoraria for external reviewers for the University Bookman journal. 

The University Bookman is an online book review journal. Founded in 1960 at the Russell Kirk Center, the Bookman's purpose is to provide intelligent and wide-ranging book criticism from contributors who engage the ideas crucial to our contemporary cultural moment. Our readership has increased recently and we seek to sustain this momentum with uninterrupted publication.

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Project fields:
History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Literature, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$35,000 (approved)
$35,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/15/2020


AH-274174-20

University of Dallas (Irving, TX 75062-9991)
Debra Romanick Baldwin (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Ensuring Excellence in Language at the University of Dallas: Writing Well in the Time of COVID-19

The retention of 22 positions in the core curriculum, language and literature courses, journalism, and a writing lab.

This project protects the positions of affiliate and adjunct faculty in English, Modern Foreign Languages and Journalism who are important for maintaining the class sizes necessary to assure quality and comprehensive writing instruction for University of Dallas Core Curriculum humanities classes during the time of COVID-19.

Project fields:
Languages, General; Literature, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$299,068 (approved)
$299,068 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/19/2020 – 12/31/2021


AH-274175-20

Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR 97116-1797)
Michael Geraci (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Educating for Student Success: Preserving at-risk humanities positions impacted by the coronavirus at Pacific University

The retention of 14 humanities teaching positions in philosophy, English, and world languages.

We request personnel costs (salaries and fringe benefits) for at-risk humanities faculty teaching positions in the School of Arts and Humanities at Pacific University for Fall 2020. Without this support, we anticipate that these positions would need to be eliminated due to the severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our budget. The proposed activities are to teach courses in disciplines from the humanities to undergraduate students attending Pacific University. At the heart of our mission is the commitment to provide excellence in teaching for our students. Without support for these positions, we will be unable to offer the array of courses necessary for our students to advance toward the completion of the requirements for their major, their minors, and their required general education curriculum, and our capacity to serve the community through these programs and advance the humanities will be diminished.

Project fields:
Languages, General; Literature, General; Philosophy, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$294,600 (approved)
$294,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


GA-274177-20

Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation (Jamestown, VA 23185-1900)
Lisa Ellen Fischer (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Rediscovering Jamestown: A New Way to Explore James Fort Virtually

Retention of a number of staff to create an interactive virtual tour related to the history and archaeology of James Fort.

This project will involve designing and populating a virtual tour portal for exploring the rich resources related to the history and archaeology of Jamestown, the first successful English settlement in North America. Virtual tours of the archaeological site of James Fort and the Archaearium Museum will be told through a series of videos connected together in an interactive, online map. One tour will weave together the history of the settlement with how archaeological research has informed our understanding of the site. The other will be presented from the perspective of Anas Todkill, one of Jamestown’s important early settlers who was a comrade of Captain John Smith. Relevant historical information, images, artifacts, and other videos will be linked to each tour topic, enabling the public and students to explore further. The education team will also develop lesson plans for using the portal in elementary as well as middle/high school classrooms.

Project fields:
Archaeology; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$153,261 (approved)
$153,261 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 2/28/2021


GA-274181-20

Organization of American Historians (Bloomington, IN 47408-4141)
Katherine Mandusic Finley (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Preserving the Heart and Soul of the Organization of American Historians by Preserving Existing Programs and Developing Digital Ones

Retention of seven staff members and contractors of the Organization of American Historians, maintaining its services in support of historians and history teachers.

Because of COVID-19, many of the activities that constitute the heart and soul of the Organization of American Historians were seriously curtailed with the cancellation of the 2020 OAH Annual Meeting and of the all Distinguished Lectureship programming. We are seeking funding to continue to employ staff to continue current programs and develop new digital ones (e.g., online conference presentations, a virtual connected community, webinars, and podcasts) to engage members virtually should the OAH be unable to provide in-person programming.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$225,000 (approved)
$224,937 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274182-20

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. (Cooperstown, NY 13326-1160)
Jon Shestakofsky (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Safe at Home Education Resources

Salaries for museum staff who will create virtual education experiences and access to the museum’s digital collection.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has launched the Safe at Home program to make its educational curriculum and live online education programs available at no cost to parents and students. Additionally, the Museum has continued to provide access and add content to its digital collection, and has undertaken a legacy collections data cleanup project to improve the user experience for students and researchers. This project will support the continuation of these programs, when the need for online educational resources is great than ever.

Project fields:
Cultural History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$298,065 (approved)
$294,473 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274183-20

University of Vermont (Burlington, VT 05405-0160)
Chris Dissinger (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Virtual Visitor Engagement at the Fleming Museum of Art

Development and dissemination of online content addressing the museum’s collections.

With the physical closure of the Fleming Museum, and our strategic response to the pandemic, the Fleming has endeavored to continue to serve our many audiences by pivoting from an on-premise focus of direct experience to one that is virtual. To maintain our high level of service and cultural relevance we've implemented a number of core initiatives involving virtual experiences and will use these grant funds to continue and expand upon that work, while asking for salary dollars to retain the staff and student-workers whose jobs are at risk. Our plan is to produce a rich portfolio of both online and interactive programming to include virtual online tours for K-12 classes, live-stream video discussions between artist and curator, professionally produced video productions, and leveraging our newly released online collections access into new visitor experiences.

Project fields:
Arts, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$69,263 (approved)
$69,263 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274190-20

University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Kathryn M. Conrad (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
University of Arizona Press E-books in Indigenous and Latinx Studies

Retention of six permanent full-time jobs and creation of one temporary full-time position to expand the digitization and production of humanities e-books from the University of Arizona Press.

The University of Arizona Press will convert more than 400 humanities books into e-book formats to improve the organization's financial position, which has been destabilized by the COVID-19. The project will allow the Press to retain jobs while also increasing the availability of humanities scholarship, especially in Indigenous and Latinx studies, during the pandemic and beyond.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$105,045 (approved)
$90,038 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


AH-274193-20

Daytona State College, Inc. (Daytona Beach, FL 32114-2817)
Erin Gordon (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Expanding the Virtual Museum Experience

The retention of three jobs and the creation of one job to improve virtual access to the Daytona State College’s photography museum.

The Southeast Museum of Photography's Expanding the Virtual Museum Experience (EVME) project will focus on completing the process of cataloging and digitizing the collection and making it available through a fully searchable database as well as creating new online content to allow a robust and interactive experience for all virtual museum visitors.

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Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; History, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$55,351 (approved)
$43,600 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274195-20

Northampton County Historical Genealogical Society (Easton, PA 18042-3514)
Holly Beth Houser (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Digitize the Northampton County Historical and Geneaological Society's K-12 School Tours to Create Virtual Field Trips

The continued employment of five museum educators in order to enhance and expand virtual learning opportunities for K-12 students across Pennsylvania.

The Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society respectfully requests to be considered for funding which will enable us to digitize our existing school tours for grades K - 12 and create dynamic virtual field trips. Our school tour program is popular with area school districts and is an Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Education Improvement Organization (EIO) program. The COVID-19 school closures have caused cancelled school tours. This creates a critical lack of ability to share our mission with students and the lack of income to help support our operating budget. Our staff is ready and eager to immediately begin this critical project.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Arts, Other; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$49,590 (approved)
$46,820 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


RJ-274196-20

Society for Ethnomusicology, Inc. (Bloomington, IN 47405-3657)
Stephen Stuempfle (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Musicians in America during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Three new full-time positions to research the impact of COVID-19 and the 2020 stay-at-home orders on professional music making in the United States.

The Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM) will hire three ethnomusicologists for twelve weeks to research the impact of COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders on music-making throughout the United States. Through online video interviews with a cross-section of musicians associated with diverse communities and music genres, the researchers will document what it is like to live in a society almost devoid of music-making in public space. What are the consequences of this sudden transformation for human sociability, communication, inspiration, and well-being, as well as for the artistry, careers, and economic livelihood of musicians? How are musicians engaging in alternative modes of music-making, such as organizing virtual performances via the Internet? SEM will use edited versions of the interviews and an accompanying interpretive text to create a publicly accessible online video archive that documents the lives of musicians in this time of crisis.

Project fields:
American Studies; Music History and Criticism

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$74,488 (approved)
$74,488 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2021


HC-274224-20

Shakertown at Pleasant Hill Kentucky Inc. (Harrodsburg, KY 40330-9218)
Jacob Glover (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Expanding Digital Humanities at SVPH

Retention of three full-time staff members and external contractors to digitize archival collections, complete the augmented reality experience of the site, and produce an orientation film.

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (SVPH) seeks relief funding from The National Endowment for the Humanities for a multi-faceted digital humanities project and the retention of three humanities staff members. This project proposes two activities critical to SVPH's mission and organizational strategy. First, this project will provide funding for continued digitization of the objects collection as well as digital publication of the collection for public access. Second, this project will provide funding for the creation of 40 audiovisual elements that will be used in an interactive augmented reality experience available to guests through an app on personal devices, and for the creation of an orientation film. The audiovisual elements and film fulfill a dual purpose with both on-site use as well as the ability to share them broadly through digital and social media channels. Both projects will engage our audience in a deeper examination of the Pleasant Hill Shakers.

Project fields:
Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$95,952 (approved)
$95,754 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


PB-274231-20

Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester, MA 01609-2570)
William Wallace (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Securing Worcester's History: Making History Together

Retention of five positions and creation of one that would contribute to capturing oral histories of communities in Worchester and documentation of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic locally, as well as planning for the development and movement of school curricula and planned exhibitions into digital formats.

Funding to provide emergency relief will enable Worcester Historical Museum to retain and hire humanities staff to address these three goals: 1) build, secure, document and archive the digital collection, 2) continue parallel efforts to continue oral history projects, and 3) create online experiences for existing programs and postponed/canceled/abbreviated events. In accordance with current city, state and national requirements/guidelines, museum spaces will be regularly sanitized so that when physical distancing ends, the museum will be positioned to welcome visitors safely.

Project fields:
Cultural History; History, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$129,030 (approved)
$129,030 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2021


PB-274238-20

Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project (Velarde, NM 87582-0407)
Jennifer Goyette (Project Director: May 2020 to November 2020)
Chester Liwosz (Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Mesa Prieta Project Archaeology Program Support

The retention of one core staff member, who would add to their ongoing duties projects that create digital/virtual outreach materials: two digital tours of the petroglyph site and four 3D digital models of petroglyph panels.

For over 20 years, the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project has organized volunteers and developed public education programs devoted to recording, preserving, and communicating the historical and cultural significance of petroglyphs (rock engravings) on a 12-mile (20km) long, 32,000 acre mesa along the Rio Grande in Northern New Mexico. Core to this mission, our archaeology program led by one full-time staff member includes nearly 40 volunteer recorders, and provides crucial documentation needed for preservation. CARES funds will support the Project Archaeologist’s ongoing duties, and additional responsibilities to produce online and virtual reality outreach materials during pandemic closures. Deliverable products of two 360 panorama tours and four 3D models of petroglyph panels will be made publicly available on desktop and mobile platforms. These digital representations will encourage engagement while our primary sources of revenue (including public tours) are on hold.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274243-20

State Historical Society of Colorado (Denver, CO 80203-2109)
Marissa Volpe (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Preserving Colorado’s Hispano, Latino, and Chicano COVID-19 Stories

The retention of six jobs to work with community partners and the public to collect oral histories from the Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano populations of Colorado about their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

History Colorado is requesting funding for six humanities positions to support COVID-19 collection and engagement activities that reach out to Colorado’s Hispanic, Latino and Chicano population. History Colorado has launched a comprehensive collecting campaign to preserve the Colorado COVID-19 experience. Preliminary evaluation of this campaign suggests an underrepresentation in the collection of the COVID-19 experiences of Colorado’s Hispanic, Latino, and Chicano communities. These communities are disproportionately suffering from the COVID-19 effects on health, community, and economy. Uncovering, documenting, and adding to the History Colorado collection these so far little-known COVID-19 narratives demand the implementation of critical community engagement and curatorial strategies.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Latino History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$175,000 (approved)
$172,575 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


GA-274245-20

North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (Raleigh, NC 27601-1023)
William McCrea (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
2020 Programming at Tryon Palace

The retention of fourteen staff to design digital content for Tryon Palace.

To be responsive to a post Covid 19 environment, Tryon Palace will rehire staff that was laid off to develop onsite and online programming. This project will include a new digital library hosted on a revamped website.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2021


AH-274252-20

Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME 04011-8447)
Stephen Grant Perkinson (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
To Serve the Common Good: Strengthening Humanities Instruction in a Time of Change

The retention of four visiting faculty positions, which would facilitate smaller class sizes in the fall semester.

Serving the common good is a charge that has suffused Bowdoin's mission for more than two centuries. The humanities are a core component of this mission and our work as a liberal arts institution. The coronavirus has created unprecedented challenges to the delivery of a Bowdoin education. To address these challenges, we propose using NEH funds to retain four visiting faculty in the humanities for the fall semester. These faculty will be instrumental in helping to develop and implement changes to our instructional program necessitated by the pandemic. Activities will include workshops and departmental planning meetings over the summer and the delivery of courses by these faculty during the fall semester. Maintaining these visiting faculty for the project period will strengthen our capacity in the humanities, ensure the continuity of a robust curriculum in a time of change, and reinforce the College's ability to fulfill the centuries-old charge to serve the common good.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$125,838 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274261-20

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (Hagerstown, MD 21740-6495)
Rebecca Massie Lane (Project Director: May 2020 to August 2020)
Sarah J. Hall (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
WCMFA Arts and Humanities Programming and Virtual Access

Retention of staff to develop public humanities programming around current and future exhibitions. 

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts respectfully requests $127,526.00 from the NEH CARES Cultural Organizations Public Programming Grant to retain staff who will develop public humanities programming for the period of July 1—December 31, 2020. An NEH CARES grant will greatly assist the WCMFA in underwriting salaries of at-risk humanities professionals and a new Curatorial Assistant who will plan programs aassociated with current and future exhibitions and enhance WCMFA’s online programming and access to its art collections.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Art History and Criticism; Cultural History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$127,526 (approved)
$127,526 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274266-20

Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Buffalo, NY 14240-1263)
David Rotterman (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Women's Suffrage in New York

A video and digital project examining the history of New York’s role in the women’s suffrage movement.

In commemoration of the ratification of the 19th amendment, WNED PBS is producing a documentary titled "Women's Suffrage in New York," which will tell the story of the important events and women, some well-known and others unrecognized, that contributed to the women's right movement. The project will include a television documentary, educational materials, a discussion guide, a content-rich website, and three digital video essays.

Project fields:
Women's History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$102,376 (approved)
$102,376 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


HC-274267-20

Adler Planetarium (Chicago, IL 60605-2403)
Andrew Johnston (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Digital Humanities Leadership through the Adler Planetarium’s Preservation, Engagement, and Crowdsourcing Initiatives

Retention of six staff positions to further digital engagement with humanities collections and sustained development of a crowdsourced transcription platform.

This effort will retain and support critical staff leading digital humanities (DH) efforts at the Adler Planetarium, which has long served as a bridge between humanities and science. DH leadership includes support for longtime Adler initiatives like Zooniverse, which provides tools and support for GLAM/humanities teams building crowdsourced research projects. Digital engagement with Adler collections includes Google Arts & Culture exhibitions, current and upcoming Zooniverse projects, and significant in-house experience developing and running live stream events. NEH funds will ensure that Adler DH efforts persist, including continuing to function as a source of support for the broader humanities community by providing tools and guidance for institutions creating meaningful digital engagement with cultural heritage collections. [edited by staff]

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$298,907 (approved)
$298,907 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274269-20

Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE 19807-2106)
Erik P. Rau (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Hagley's Reconnection and Reengagement with Audiences after COVID-19 Closures

The retention of five staff members to develop online programming for audiences.

Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation gratefully submits its request for support from the NEH CARES grant program. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the museum on March 13 and the entire institution on March 23 to temporarily cease operations. We canceled all of our public programming through at least the spring during Delaware’s state-mandated closure of non-life-supporting institutions. We shifted our programming online, making this available through a new offering (Hagley from Home) on our web site. Our request for support covers two related efforts: first, retaining critical programming staff so that Hagley will have the capacity to reopen with our traditional programs once the pandemic subsides; and second, continue evolving workflows we began in response to the pandemic to develop online components of nearly all our programming. We look at the second effort as a means to expand our reach to new audiences in normal times and retain our audiences in times of future emergency shutdowns.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$255,000 (approved)
$255,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274282-20

Gallaudet University (Washington, DC 20002-3600)
Angela Leppig (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Gallaudet University Press: Sharing Knowledge by and about Deaf People and Signing Communities through Scholarly Publishing

Retention of four full-time press employees, who will edit and produce two books, a new book series, and two journals.

Gallaudet University Press is a nonprofit scholarly publisher with a mission to publish content related to Deaf, hard of hearing, and DeafBlind people. Our publishing program advances knowledge in the fields of Deaf cultural studies, Deaf history, signed language linguistics, interpreting studies, and more. As the only scholarly publisher that specializes in these fields, GU Press provides a unique and critical service to scholars who are able to advance their careers through publication, and to Deaf community members who benefit from research findings and real-world applications. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our cash flow and projected revenue through disrupted supply chains, shuttered storefronts and libraries, and financial insecurities experienced on both individual and institutional levels. This funding will support Gallaudet University Press to produce two book projects, a new book series, and two journals.

Project fields:
History, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Languages, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$109,787 (approved)
$107,587 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274286-20

National Yiddish Book Center, Inc. (Amherst, MA 01002-3375)
Madeleine Cohen (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Yiddish in America: Cultural Encounters

The retention of seven positions to support the creation of virtual public programs, library discussion groups, and the cataloging and sharing of digital content. 

The Yiddish Book Center seeks to revise its plans for 40th anniversary launch of the "Decade of Discovery." The inaugural year with a focus on Yiddish in America will be realized through weekly virtual public programs, virtual public library discussion groups, and cataloging and sharing of digital content through website, social media, and email. Staff positions will be preserved and scholars/humanities specialists will be engaged for programming.

Project fields:
History, Other; Jewish Studies; Literature, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$231,930 (approved)
$231,930 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021


RJ-274296-20

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)
Michelle Sybert (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
University of Notre Dame: Enriching Scholarly Communication and Connections through Notre Dame Press

Continued employment of one University of Notre Dame staff person to maintain scholarly outreach and to digitize 60 Notre Dame University Press books.

The University of Notre Dame Press is committed to maintaining an innovative and sustainable publishing program that makes accessible the ideas of today’s leading experts while fostering the next generation of scholars and thinkers. Through the support of an NEH CARES grant, the Press will ensure that an essential member of our team remains employed. Through her work, the Press will expand our essential role in advancing knowledge by developing deeper connections within and between scholarly communities and increasing access to our content. These conversations and connections are the heart of Notre Dame Press’s mission to disseminate knowledge and encourage intellectual exploration.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$42,149 (approved)
$42,149 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/15/2020


RJ-274298-20

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA 70808-4600)
Alisa Plant (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
A Humanities Mission Endangered: Sustaining LSU Press

The retention of two press staff members to maintain regular publication of humanities scholarship.

Founded in 1935, LSU Press is one of the nation's premier scholarly publishers. It has garnered national and international accolades for its work, including four Pulitzer Prizes. LSU Press publishes approximately 70 books a year, primarily in the humanities. The economic impact of the Covid-19 for LSU Press has been sharp and continues to be grave. We expect a 40 to 50 percent decline in sales for the remainder of 2020 as well as a budget cut of 5 to 10 percent. Without outside funding, the Press will have to lay off staff members. We are a small press and every employee is critical to our mission. The activities for which we are requesting support are personnel costs for key positions currently funded through the Press and LSU but at risk due to the pandemic. These positions are vital to the mission of the Press and its goal of advancing the humanities through its publications.

Project fields:
American Literature; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$127,778 (approved)
$127,777 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274303-20

Liberty Memorial Association (Kansas City, MO 64108-4603)
Stacey Petersen (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Transcribing Digitized Letters, Journals, and Diaries

The retention of staff who would digitize, transcribe, and create online access to approximately 10,000 pages of letters, journals, and diaries dating from the First World War.

The National WWI Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting, and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. Our programs/services include collections and archives, exhibitions, education programs; student tours; and events, and the Edward Jones Research Center. Nine staff members will remain employed as our Digitization/Transcription Team. A consultant will organize archival materials, scan/process images, and input data to our collections database. Our Team will transcribe already digitized items and items digitized with this grant, including hand-written letters, journals, and diaries. We will scan/digitize 6,000 pages and transcribe 10,000 scanned/digitized pages. Our digitization program is an important way we provide learning opportunities to audiences; locally, nationally, and internationally. We want to make our entire collection accessible to the globe’s 3.9 billion internet-connected people.

Project fields:
History, General; Military History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$155,000 (approved)
$154,937 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274306-20

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Inc. (Boothbay, ME 04537-5162)
Daniel Ungier (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Environmental Humanities in the Time of COVID-19: Retaining Staff to Adapt Programming at CMBG for a Post-Pandemic Society

Retention of eleven staff positions to develop virtual learning experiences and self-guided tour materials, redesign and implement new protocols for docents, and adapt a planned exhibition for safer visitor interaction, to support ongoing environmental humanities programming for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ audiences.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens respectfully requests $225,903 to retain staff, key to advancing its mission and humanities programs during the interruption of operations due to COVID-19. This support sustains critical positions necessary to develop key programs that draw on many of the innovative concepts of the environmental humanities. We will create and refine virtual learning opportunities; develop additional self-guided tours and materials; redesign Discovery Carts and docent roles to enforce social distancing; and rework planning and implementation for “The Great Story of the Little People and The Giant Trolls,” essential to rebuilding our audience in 2021. CMBG currently faces serious economic threat. An Oxford Economics study finds that Maine’s economy is the single most vulnerable in the nation. We forecast a a 50% decrease in admissions for 2020, equal to losses of $1,332,400. As our income is 76% from earned revenue and 3% from reserves, these are catastrophic losses.

Project fields:
Ethics; Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Social Sciences, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$225,903 (approved)
$225,903 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274310-20

White House Historical Association (Washington, DC 20006-4907)
Colleen Shogan (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
The White House Experience: Enhanced and Expanded Virtual Access to the People’s House

The retention of seven full-time staff who would enhance the White House Experience app and other online assets.

With White House tours canceled indefinitely due to COVID-19, the realization of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s belief that “the White House belongs to the American people” requires a transformation—like much in our lives these days—to a virtual experience. In 2018, the White House Historical Association (WHHA) launched the White House Experience app (WHE app). The challenges of COVID-19 have brought limitations of the current WHE app to the fore. WHHA faces the task of addressing these problems amidst budgetary uncertainty, largely due to the closure of WHHA on-site retail operations. WHHA seeks funding to enhance the WHE app with the addition of audio tours and foreign languages, a web version of the app targeted at teachers for distance learning, and a 360 degree “virtual” tour of the White House. This project will contribute to the salaries of seven employees, thus stabilizing retention of critical humanities staff and expanding accessibility.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$191,710 (approved)
$188,065 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274317-20

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (Dearborn, MI 48120-1556)
Diana Abouali (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Promoting Public Digital Access to the Arab American National Museum's Educational Resources

The retention of nine staff members who would enable the museum to transform its educational resources and exhibitions to an online delivery system in order to sustain and increase access to its collections and services.

The Arab American National Museum, an institution of ACCESS, requests NEH funds to support core staff as we pivot our educational resources-- lesson plans, object-based learning experiences, and exhibition tours-- to a digital platform for local, regional, and national audiences.

Project fields:
American Studies; Cultural History; Ethnic Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$165,532 (approved)
$165,532 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 1/31/2021


PB-274326-20

Upcountry History Museum (Greenville, SC 29601-1906)
Kristina Hornback (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
The Collection Move: Preserving the Upcountry SC's Cultural Heritage

Two staff members for an in-progress project to move the permanent collection from an at-risk location to a new storage space that adheres to collection stewardship guidelines.

The Museum’s “Collection Move” project, developed over a 3-year period, began implementation in February 2020. The project’s overarching goal is to relocate the 50,000+ objects in the permanent collection from an inadequate and crowded storage space to a museum-standard purpose-designed location. The project, led by the Museum’s curatorial team, had an estimated completion date of Sept. 15, 2020. In addition to moving the collection, the project also includes retrofitting the new space; inventorying, photographing, and rehousing the collection. On March 16, the project’s progress was stopped as a result of COVID-19, leaving the collection in a vulnerable position. A gift from NEH CARES will provide the Museum with monies needed to bring the curatorial team back to the Museum, ensuring the completion of the project. In addition to safeguarding the Upcountry SC’s cultural assets, the new storage area will enhance accessibility of the collection.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$19,297 (approved)
$19,297 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 10/31/2020


AH-274329-20

University of Oregon (Eugene, OR 97403-5219)
Janne L Underriner (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Creating a Digital Learning Space for Indigenous Language Revitalization

Continued employment of indigenous language revitalization experts to develop online courses.

Due to COVID 19, The Northwest Indian Language Institute’s (NILI) annual Summer Institute (SI) for Indigenous language teachers and learners at the University of Oregon was cancelled, eliminating FTE for humanities faculty and ending the 22-year run of an educational program designed to boost language revitalization. SI typically hosts 50+ participants from around the nation and staffs 12-15 university and tribal faculty. The event is adapting by moving online. Building on our prior experiences in online education and years of delivering effective face-to-face training, NILI will create quality, online learning experiences for endangered language practitioners, and in so doing maintain a unique aspect of the linguistic and cultural heritage of America. We will form a team of university and tribal faculty to adapt 6-8 existing courses and develop 3-4 new courses to complete a full range of offerings that can be delivered as year-round courses and in conjunction with Summer Institutes.

Project fields:
Linguistics; Native American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$196,399 (approved)
$174,030 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2021


GA-274332-20

Pittsburgh Trust for Cultural Resources (Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3703)
Scott Shiller (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Pittsburgh Humanities Festival and Bookish in the 'Burgh

Planning of two humanities festivals: Pittsburgh Humanities Festival and the teen book festival Bookish in the ’Burgh.

These two festivals bring a diverse array of internationally renowned academics, artists, authors, and intellectual innovators offering interviews and intimate conversations focused on art, literature, music, science, policy, politics, and more—all in a lively, entertaining, accessible format in the Cultural District.

Project fields:
American Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$61,790 (approved)
$61,790 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274335-20

Baylor University (Waco, TX 76798-7284)
David Aycock (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Relief Funding to Preserve Academic Publishing Efforts in The Humanities during COVID-19 Outbreak

Retention of three Baylor University Press staff to continue publication of humanities scholarship.

Baylor University Press proposes to publish thirty-five new titles during the period of performance. These thirty-five titles make a significant cultural contribution to academic religious, philosophy, ethics, social sciences, and history studies.

Project fields:
History, Other; Philosophy of Religion; Religion, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$86,225 (approved)
$86,224 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


RJ-274341-20

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH 43210-1132)
Tara Cyphers (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
COVID-19 Support for Scholarly Publishing

Retention of two full-time Ohio State University Press staff members to continue publication of humanities scholarship.

This project retains positions at risk due to decreased revenues from the coronavirus pandemic. The project involves activities that are central to carrying out our mission of serving the scholarly community and general public through publications that focus on the relevance of humanistic methods to studying pressing social and cultural issues. The project focuses on acquisitions activities that ensure high-quality book projects in the humanities are contracted and keep flowing into the press; production activities that ensure print and electronic books and journals are brought to fruition; and marketing activities that ensure books and journals can be successfully sold and distributed. This project will focus on mission-critical work that will ensure the long-term viability of The Ohio State University Press (an “independent component” of the university) and its continued work to advance knowledge by publishing and disseminating scholarship in the humanities.

Project fields:
African American Studies; Literature, General; Medieval Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$80,102 (approved)
$80,102 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 1/31/2021


GA-274347-20

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Foundation (Staunton, VA 24401-4332)
Robin Wilson von Seldeneck (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library: Connecting History to Today During the COVID Crisis

Creation of interactive public programs, K-12 teacher workshops, downloadable curriculum materials, and planning for a safe reopening.

The Wooodrow Wilson Presidential Library (WWPL) requests a grant of $119,857 to sustain four essential staff positions and purchase necessary supplies during the COVID-19 crisis, between June 15 - December 31, 2020. Working with the WWPL's Board of Trustees, our President & CEO, Curator, Director of Education & Engagement, and Librarian will prepare and implement plans for safely re-opening to the public after the pandemic closure, update our formal disaster plan, research and conduct free daily online public programming, create educational materials that can be downloaded for use at home and in classrooms, and transcribe/digitize related primary documents for free public access on the WWPL website. At a time when admissions and donations have been significantly reduced, WWPL staff and trustees are grateful for the opportunity to continue our 82-year legacy of educating the public about the 28th president, his impact on the world, and his relevance today and for the future.

Project fields:
Political History; Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$119,857 (approved)
$119,857 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


GA-274354-20

Douglas County Historical Society (Lawrence, KS 66044-2961)
William Hickox (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Reinventing the Museum for a Time of Social Distancing

The retention of six staff members to produce online programs and develop outdoor programs that meet guidelines for social distancing.

This project preserves full and part time staffing at the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, Kansas, operated by the Douglas County Historical Society for a six-month period. Staff will be engaged in reinventing the museum's public programming and in developing new forms of public engagement that comply with requirements for social distancing. Online and online/onsite hybrid forms of tours, presentations, workshops, family festivals, and changing exhibits will be developed and tested with the public.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$76,495 (approved)
$76,495 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


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


GA-274359-20

American Alliance of Museums (Arlington, VA 22202-4804)
Cecelia Walls (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
AAM Resources & Initiatives in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The retention of four staff members and a consultant for the development of online resources supporting museums as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AAM has taken a leadership role in the field and among our allied museum associations to support museums in this challenging time, so they in turn can serve the public. This project aims to sustain vital support to museums through resources around reopening, financial sustainability, equity in times of crisis, and more. Public-facing museums will be vital to the nation’s recovery—and the recovery of communities across the country. As places of inspiration and hope, gathering, and education—and among the nation’s most trusted resources—museums will, once again, bring people together, encourage travel and exploration, educate the public, and help to address/avoid xenophobia and other potential negative outcomes of this scary time for many. We must support museums through this public health and economic crisis. AAM is recognized by many as vital to supporting museums. Through this project, AAM is coordinating with allies to identify and anticipate needs and disseminate resources broadly.

Project fields:
History, Criticism, and Theory of the Arts; History, General; Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$149,947 (approved)
$149,947 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274361-20

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (Williamsburg, VA 23185-4138)
Beth Kelly (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Explore From Home: Using 21st-Century Technology to Tell Our 18th-Century Story

The retention of eight employees and one additional position to expand social  media engagement and create new virtual tours of historic sites interpreting the period of the American Revolution.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation seeks funding from NEH to help retain eight current positions and create one new one to maintain and enhance digital program offerings to our audiences, especially students and teachers. Since March, Colonial Williamsburg increasingly has pivoted to digital content to tell our 18th-century story through a vibrant social media and on-line presence via a variety of platforms. The Foundation deployed a new streaming television channel in April. This constitutes a major change in how we present the nation's largest living history museum to the public and we expect to continue and expand this approach in the future.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 2/28/2021


GA-274362-20

Andrew Jackson Foundation (Hermitage, TN 37076-1331)
Amy Williams (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Programming at Andrew Jackson's Hermitage: Adapting the Guest Experience Amid a Pandemic

The work of ten staff members who would develop online materials and would adapt onsite programing at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage to allow social distancing.

This grant will allow the Andrew Jackson Foundation to retain staff charged with carrying out collections management and programming for our visitors, both onsite and virtual, of all ages.

Project fields:
Public History; U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$262,572 (approved)
$262,572 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 2/28/2021


GA-274363-20

Victoria County Junior College District (Victoria, TX 77901-4494)
Amanda Lanum (Project Director: May 2020 to August 2020)
Sue Prudhomme (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Victoria College's Museum of the Coastal Bend: Creating Remote Access to Public Humanities Programming

The retention of full-time staff to create an interactive virtual exhibition, take-home history and archaeology summer camp kits, and an online donations and revenue portal for the museum.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend will create a publicly accessible interactive virtual exhibit, take-home history and archaeology summer camp kits, and a user-friendly online payments system, ensuring the general public can access and support its programming during the current and future times of closure and social distancing. The Museum will use NEH CARES support to retain its full-time Education Coordinator, a position threatened by the coronavirus pandemic. By the end of the project, the Museum will have a virtual exhibit available to the public online, summer camp kits parents can use at home in lieu of sending their children to on-site camps, and a functional payments system that ensures continuity of donations, membership contributions, and camp payments year-round.

Project fields:
Archaeology; Cultural History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$34,683 (approved)
$34,657 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


GA-274369-20

Putnam County Historical Society & Foundry School Museum Inc. (Cold Spring, NY 10516-2613)
Cassie Michael Ward (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Socially Distant Outdoor and Online Programming Initiative

The retention of three existing positions and the creation of a new project manager position to adapt three planned exhibitions for outdoor display on museum grounds and create related digital content.

In order to promote the advancement of humanities programming during the current crisis, the Putnam History Museum (PHM) will create several outdoor and online programming initiatives for museum visitors to enjoy and learn from at their own socially distant space, pace, and time. The PHM’s Socially Distant Outdoor and Online Programming Initiative will have four main components: 1) Creation of rotating outdoor exhibitions on the museum’s grounds 2) Digital content that will be accessible via the PHM’s website to complement these exhibitions (content will also be available via social media channels) 3) Outdoor public educational programming (when social distancing guidelines permit) 4) Educational components that will be utilized by teachers and students in the Fall of 2020

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General; Public History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$36,062 (approved)
$36,062 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


PB-274403-20

Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI 02903-2784)
Kate Irvin (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
From Kyoto to Providence: Preserving the RISD Museum's Lucy Truman Aldrich Collection of Asian Textile Masterworks for Educational Access

The retention of eleven staff positions to inventory, assess, photograph, and rehouse approximately 900 objects in the Lucy Truman Aldrich collection of Asian costume and textiles. 

From June 15 to December 31, 2020, the RISD Museum will carry out a critical project that encompasses inventorying, assessing, photographing, and rehousing roughly 900 objects in our internationally renowned Lucy Truman Aldrich collection of Asian costume and textiles. The project was meant to begin this summer with support from a summer intern, however due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our closure has forced staff to pivot to remote working and teaching, and the internship will take place virtually. This project was already fundamental to our work toward providing access to the museum’s collection for all, but it is now more vital than ever. Viewing objects in our study rooms and galleries is currently impossible, and this popular collection lacks adequate documentation for remote learning. This request will allow us to fully staff and carry out the work as planned, with necessary adjustments to ensure health and safety.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism; Asian Languages

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$252,310 (approved)
$252,310 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


PB-274405-20

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata (La Plata, MD 20646-2867)
Maria Leighton (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Stories of Southern Maryland

The retention of an archives assistant employed in the Southern Maryland Studies Center, who would transcribe 40 oral history interviews documenting the history and culture of southern Maryland.

The Southern Maryland Studies Center currently makes available to the public 321 oral histories with an estimated total time of 450 hours of audio recordings with a wide range of subjects including education in Southern Maryland, influenza epidemic, the great depression, various themes that give voice to minorities currently underrepresented in our repository, local industry and more. Following archival and transcription best practices, 40 oral histories will be listened to and transcribed to a word document that will then be converted to a PDF file that conforms to accessibility standards. Each record will be published in our website and made available to all.

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Project fields:
Public History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$25,500 (approved)
$25,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274407-20

Frick Collection (New York, NY 10021-4981)
Xavier Salomon (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
The Frick Collection: Virtual Programs in Response to COVID-19

The retention of twenty-two staff members to develop and produce online programming on the Frick collection.

On March 12, 2020, The Frick Collection closed its galleries and offices to assist public health services in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. A National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grant of $300,000 would support both employee salaries and, in turn, the important virtual programs that the Frick’s Curatorial, Education, Library, and Digital staff members are developing and producing throughout COVID-19. The Frick has a long-standing commitment to the excellence of its digital content, and was one of the first museums to offer a virtual tour in 1998. In great times of stress, art has the power to lift spirits and make sense of the present. With the Frick closed, its staff has been devising new ways to interpret its collections outside of its physical space. Given the ever-changing nature of this global pandemic and the needs of the public, the Frick will adjust its virtual programming accordingly throughout the grant period.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$225,000 (approved)
$225,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274439-20

Prime Time Family Reading (New Orleans, LA 70113-1024)
Sarah DeBacher (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
PRIME TIME:Bringing Humanities-Based Education Home

Funding of four positions to enhance a family reading and discussion program, develop a new digital delivery model, and produce and broadcast a humanities-based podcast.

Since 1991, PRIME TIME, Inc., has provided humanities-based literacy programming to thousands of educationally and economically vulnerable families in Louisiana. Taking the lessons learned from nearly 30 years of implementing in-person programs, PRIME TIME proposes to meet its target audience where they are already and safely at: online and at home. Through developing a new book series exploring humanities themes relevant to times of crisis, distributing the new series along with humanities-based activities in kits statewide, and producing a podcast focused on discovering the humanities in children's books, the proposed project will bring the humanities directly into homes of 800 Louisiana families. As a result, families will gain access to high-quality children's literature and engaging humanities-based programming online and on the radio, and parents will come away feeling more comfortable in their role as their child's primary educator.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$269,988 (approved)
$269,987 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 4/30/2021


AH-274442-20

Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA 98926-7500)
Jill Hernandez (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Rebecca Lubas (Co Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Preserving Central Washington University’s Engaged Humanities Pedagogy, EthicsLab, and Digital Scholarship, Post-COVID

The retention of an archivist and six faculty lines addressing contemporary ethical challenges.

This proposal preserves and retains six Humanities faculty and staff within the College of Arts & Humanities and the Brooks Library at Central Washington University (a regional comprehensive with 12,000 students). Its success would provide uninterrupted course coverage and Humanities scholarship in multiple Humanities disciplines, and ensure Central’s new CWU EthicsLab can move forward despite current University spending freezes. The CWU EthicsLab is conceived as an interdisciplinary, public humanities team and space that develops innovative approaches to actual ethical dilemmas facing the community through data-informed ethical analyses, pedagogy, and research. The EthicsLab incubates the Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab, which will foster collaborative Humanities inquiry and active learning through data-intensive, visually-mediated scholarly exploration that provides access to analysis tools in a supportive environment.

Project fields:
Ethics; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$257,903 (approved)
$257,118 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274445-20

American Historical Association (Washington, DC 20003-3889)
Emily Swafford (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Confronting a Pandemic: Historians and COVID-19

The retention of 10 positions to enable the development of online professional development webinars and workshops for scholars in and outside of higher education.

A series of webinars, virtual programming, and new digital resources will enhance humanities employment and employability in multiple ways, and will equip teachers of history with the skills to plan and execute online or hybrid courses for the coming academic year and beyond. Together, the various aspects of this integrated, multi-faceted initiative will document historians’ immediate responses to an historic global pandemic, create digital resources that demonstrate the value of the humanities in crisis moments, train teachers in the use of these and other online resources specifically in a remote instruction environment, and enable the AHA to continue this work beyond the grant period. This grant would enable the AHA to repurpose staff time no longer necessary because of canceled or postponed work, allocating it instead to this funded project, and hire new staff who will broaden their employment experience.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$235,000 (approved)
$235,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 5/31/2021


GA-274446-20

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA 01267-2878)
Lawrence Smallwood (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Clark Art Institute: Clark Connects Public and Academic Programs

The retention of four staff members to develop and implement online public programming and an exhibition website.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute requests $166,578 to help support its public and academic programs, including new online initiatives. Since the pandemic crisis began, the Clark has focused on retaining permanent staff while providing virtual programs to its core audiences and keeping its campus open for recreation and respite. With support from the NEH, the Clark seeks to secure staff positions vital to program development and implementation, produce expanded and higher quality digital programming with necessary equipment upgrades and contract assistance, and include guest scholars, artists, and other voices in Clark programs.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$166,578 (approved)
$166,578 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274450-20

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation (Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057)
Amy Elizabeth Gusick (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Preservation and Accessibility for Pacific Island Cultural Heritage Collection

Conservation, digitization, and development of a virtual tour documenting 350-450 of the museum’s collection of Micronesian, Melanesian, and Polynesian bark cloths and woven mats. This project would retain four existing positions and create a new Assistant Collection Manager position that would last the duration of the proposed project.

Our Oceania collection contains wonderful examples of indigenous traditions that highlight the relationships between nature, culture, history, and science. The proposed project that was interrupted by Covid-19 will focus on conservation and digitization of our Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia bark cloths and woven mats as examples of how to continue advancing our mission by digitally sharing with our audiences not only our unparalleled collections and active research, but also the process for museum conservation and accessibility. By filming curation and conservation processes, and creating a dedicated web portal with a virtual tour and collection, we can make these fragile collections freely accessible and open new interdisciplinary research possibilities while expanding access to these collections for the general public.

Project fields:
Anthropology; Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$154,048 (approved)
$154,048 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021


AH-274474-20

University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA 98416-5000)
Jane Carlin (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Staffing to Support Digital Teaching Collections in the Humanities

The continued and expanded employment of archival humanities professionals working with university collections to support online teaching and engage students remotely with primary sources.

The Archives and Special Collections in the Collins Memorial Library of University of Puget Sound include but are not limited to collections of the people, history, economy, and politics of the Pacific Northwest, highlighting the experiences of marginalized and underrepresented peoples, and supporting the current academic interests of 237 faculty and 2414 undergraduate students. During the pandemic, our small A&SC staff of one full-time archivist and part-time assistant archivist has rapidly reached its capacity to create digital tools and teaching sets while facing greater demand for our materials. The university faces a challenging funding position at the same time that external funding for the part-time assistant archivist position is ending. With NEH funds, we will retain and support new A&SC staffing to complete this project, scale up our digital collections, and create more robust and meaningful humanities teaching tools.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$67,316 (approved)
$67,316 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2021


PB-274476-20

Cultural Heritage Imaging (San Francisco, CA 94102-5867)
Carla Schroer (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Bringing Diego Rivera’s 1940 ‘Pan American Unity’ Mural to the People, Virtually!

Four staff members to complete an in-progress project to render Pan American Unity, a 1940 monumental fresco by Diego Rivera, into a photogrammetric 3D model and finalize the public release of its digital representations.

This project will provide digital public access to Diego Rivera’s 1940 mural masterpiece, Pan American Unity. The monumental 6.7 x 22.5 meter (22 x 74 feet) 10-panel fresco is Rivera’s unified vision of art, religion, history, politics, and technology in the Americas. The project is a collaboration between City College of San Francisco, SFMOMA, Stanford Libraries and Cultural Heritage Imaging (CHI). The project will extend CHI’s existing 3D and 2D documentation work on the mural, which shows previously unseen information about the original painting technique. It will also complete public access to these digital representations, including newly uncovered surfaces of the mural, and incorporate recently finished conservation drawings and collected information. People around the world, and especially from The Americas, will be able to see for themselves Diego Rivera’s monumental vision of richly experienced human lives attained through the sharing of cultures and the unity among peoples.

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Project fields:
Arts, Other; Interdisciplinary Studies, Other; Latin American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$47,240 (approved)
$47,240 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/15/2020


GA-274480-20

Homer Society of Natural History (Homer, AK 99603-7504)
Jennifer Gibbins (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Pratt Museum Building Community Through Stories: Connecting to Collections in a Time of Coronavirus

Retention of five staff to develop digital programming based on themes from the Pratt's permanent exhibition.

The Pratt Museum will develop digital programming to engage the community and visitors from afar to ensure the museum remains a vital part of the cultural landscape of the region during the new COVID paradigm. These programs will be based off themes from the Pratt's permanent exhibit, Kachemak Bay: An Exploration of People and Place to explore profound ecological, cultural, social and economic changes in the region. Centered around objects from the Pratt's collections, programs will invite engagement from tradition-bearers, artists, scholars, and the community as a whole, drawing out stories and knowledge from museum stakeholders. And, programs will be regular and predictable-building anticipation from museum audiences and tripling the museum's reach.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$85,976 (approved)
$85,976 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


HC-274493-20

University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2288)
John E. Sherer (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Sustaining High-Impact Humanities Publishing at the University of North Carolina Press

Salaries for eight staff members whose employment is at risk due to a significant decrease in book sale revenues for FY2021.

The University of North Carolina Press brings high-impact humanities content to a wide range of audiences through the books we publish, through our expansion of access to scholarship as a vital member of the University of North Carolina System, through our partnerships with other university presses seeking leadership in publishing services and open access models, and through our relationships with organizations that collectively advance the humanities in communities across the country. Facing a projected 30-40% decrease in book sale revenues for Fiscal Year 2021 resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, the Press risks losing as many as eight staff members. UNC Press requests NEH CARES funding to cover six months of salary and benefits for seven existing staff, and four months of salary and benefits for one acquisition editor to fill a vacancy created by a recent retirement.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


HC-274501-20

Wyoming Historical and Geological Society (Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1202)
Mark J. Riccetti (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Digitizing the LCHS Collections

Retention of three full-time and part-time staff positions and technical consultation to oversee collection digitization and virtual outreach activities.

Create digital files of LCHS collections, tours, lectures and exhibits. This will enable LCHS to share photos, audios and videos to our website and social media, providing opportunity for more people in the community to experience the history of Luzerne County.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021


PB-274524-20

Vermont Folklife Center (Middlebury, VT 05753-1425)
Andrew Kolovos (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Listening in Place: Vermont Folklife Center’s COVID-19 Archival Outreach Project

The retention of four employees, the creation of a new position, and the hiring of a contract worker to expand remote access to, and educational use of, digital ethnographic archives.

In March of 2020 the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) launched the first phase of the Listening in Place project (http://vtfolklife.org/listening) as a response to the isolation, anxiety and fear brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. We now request support for phase two of Listening in Place, which focuses on creating remotely-accessible resources from the VFC Archive including making multiple archival collections accessible online, creating six episodes of our VT Untapped podcast (http://vtfolklife.org/untapped) drawn from our archival collections, and completing updates of two archivally-grounded VFC educational publications for Vermont Schools.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$97,017 (approved)
$97,017 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021


GA-274526-20

Maryland African American Museum Corporation (Baltimore, MD 21202-4403)
Damika Baker (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Responding, Recovering and Thriving after COVID-19: Digitizing the Freedom Bound Exhibition

Retention of six positions to create an online version of its exhibition on runaway slaves.

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake (Freedom Bound), a hands-on, multisensory exhibition from which visitors learn about the experiences of real-life runaway slaves and servants whose stories are often overlooked in the broad context of slavery, was scheduled to open at the Lewis Museum on April 11, 2020. Due to the stay-at-home order the public has yet to experience the exhibition. Designed to encourage visitors to touch garments and participate in interactive, tactile activities, COVID-19 and the fears associated with the pandemic require a different approach. The Lewis Museum proposes to create a “digital twin” of the exhibition. The “twin” will allow visitors to experience Freedom Bound from the safety of their home. The online version of the exhibition will be accessible and valuable to students and educators in Maryland and throughout the country as well as to older adults and others considered high-risk for COVID-19 and unable or unwilling to visit the museum in person.

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Project fields:
African American History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$63,711 (approved)
$63,711 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274535-20

Council of Independent Colleges (Washington, DC 20036-1110)
Richard Ekman (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Humanities Projects for Independent Colleges and Universities

The retention of eight staff members and five consultants, who would postpone 2020 events and plan virtual gatherings.

Currently, CIC is engaged in continuations of longstanding seminars as well as the implementation of several important new projects in the humanities. The activities proposed for the period July 1 through December 31, 2020 will maintain the employment of CIC staff involved in the managing of these important programs in the humanities and ensure that postponed programs will continue by engaging their participants in activities during the period in which events were originally to have taken place. These projects include: Humanities Research for the Public Good, New Currents in Teaching Philosophy, Legacies of American Slavery, Teaching Interfaith Understanding, Teaching Pre-Modern European Art in Context, Deliberation and Debate, and The American Civil War: Origins and Consequences.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$130,000 (approved)
$130,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 11/30/2020


PB-274546-20

Couse Foundation, The (Taos, NM 87571-5950)
Marissa Hendriks (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
E.I. Couse Original Contact Print Digitization Project

Three staff members to undertake the digitization of the Couse Family Photo Collection of approximately 11,000 photographs, many of which served as the studies for E.I. Couse’s paintings, and make them available and accessible through the New Mexico Digital Collections website at the University of New Mexico.

This project seeks to complete a time-sensitive preservation and access project to digitize the approximately 11,000 historic photographs in the Couse Family Photo Collection to make them freely accessible to the public online.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$41,663 (approved)
$41,663 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


GA-274547-20

Chicago Historical Society (Chicago, IL 60614-6038)
Nancy Villafranca-Guzman (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Chicago History at Home

The retention of ten staff members to continue the Chicago History at Home initiative, which provides online public programming, lectures, and tours exploring Chicago history for audiences of all ages.

CHM is seeking support to retain staff in our education, publications, curatorial, and external relations departments who are working on Chicago History at Home and are critical to CHM carrying out its mission during the current crisis. Unable to serve the public through onsite exhibitions and events, we have quickly transitioned to offering a suite of interpretive digital encounters with Chicago history that are broadly available. We are also sharing history activities and educational resources with students, caregivers, and teachers who face the challenge of remote learning. Public programs, such as tours, seminars, and meetups with staff will be made virtual. These community connections are propelling the Museum forward as we weather the pandemic.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Public History; Urban History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$298,656 (approved)
$298,656 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274551-20

Burke Museum Association (Seattle, WA 98195-3010)
Julie K. Stein (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Sustaining Engagement with the Burke Museum's Native American Collections in the Time of COVID-19

The retention of three staff members to develop educational programing and community collaborations to promote understanding of Native American culture.

The Burke Museum’s Native American collections are the foundation for humanities-related engagement with students, Indigenous community members, and the general public, around Washington State and beyond. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Burke seeks support for staff members working with these collections in new capacities in these areas: *Education: The Burke provides collections-based education through field trips, a traveling museum, and the region’s largest resource of portable study kits. *Tribal Consultation: The museum works to change patterns of cultural dominance by actively involving tribal communities in all aspects of preservation and interpretive work, including in relation to our humanities collections. *Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art: The BHC creates opportunities for the intergenerational transfer of cultural practices and knowledge within Native communities and promotes appreciation of these cultures in the public at large.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$107,812 (approved)
$107,812 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274557-20

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York, NY 10036-5900)
Tim Bailey (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Pivoting to Fill the Gap in History Education through Digital Programming

Continued employment of eight staff members responsible for facilitating online summer seminars and digital programming for K-12 U.S. history educators.

As a result of COVID-19 and school closings, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has rushed to meet the urgent needs of educators, students, and parents across the country with free programming. K-12 history classes, in particular, have been eliminated or greatly pared back, and summer learning loss is expected to be enormous. The Institute has worked intensively to convert in-person programs into digital formats and develop new online programs for the public. We received positive feedback from thousands of participants, proving that we are filling a critical gap. We have made substantial adjustments despite known revenue shortfalls of $1M in FY20 and FY21. The Institute anticipates more shortfalls, up to 25% of our approximately $10M FY21 budget. Without additional funding, shortfalls would likely lead to program reductions, cancellations and layoffs. This grant would give us the critical funds for near-term work, including reimagining of key programs and staff retention.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$148,000 (approved)
$148,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274565-20

Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, NH 03104-4380)
Andrew Spahr (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Understanding Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Automatic House

The retention of four employees to create digital assets around two Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian Houses in the collection.

This project develops the research, interpretation, and programming of a Usonian Automatic home by Frank Lloyd Wright recently acquired by the Currier Museum. It will be programmed together with another Wright house owned by the museum. This project intends to build a new understanding of the social context of the house, and present this in tours, web content, classes, and publications. The Usonian Automatic house (1957) was purchased in Nov. 2019 with donated funds. A research and interpretative plan was developed and was just commencing when the covid-19 crisis suspended it. The museum intends to refocus more of this work to digital platforms, while preparing for on-site programs. Without support, this important new initiative will be suspended indefinitely as the museum faces annual deficits of $700,000 or more. This important monument of modern American domestic architecture is now inaccessible. It would be Wright’s only Usonian Automatic house open to the public.

Project fields:
American Studies; Architecture

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$170,404 (approved)
$170,404 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


AH-274592-20

Knox College (Galesburg, IL 61401-4999)
Michael Alexander Schneider (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Knox College NEH CARES Request

The retention of three full-time librarians and one part-time archive assistant, to support research, collections, preservation and access.

Knox College requests NEH CARES Act funding to help retain four library staff members who provide crucial support to the humanities.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$126,399 (approved)
$126,399 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


GA-274595-20

City Lore, Inc. (New York, NY 10003-9345)
Steve Zeitlin (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
The Corona Chronicles: Documenting, Archiving and Disseminating Creative Responses to the Corona Virus Era

The retention of four staff members to create an archive on the coronavirus in New York City. 

The Corona Chronicles is a major new project developed by City Lore to document and preserve the folk culture that has developed in response the COVID-19 epidemic and it has already seen us collect hundreds of songs, poems, videos and other material. It will secure 4 positions at the organization.

Project fields:
American Studies; Art History and Criticism; Cultural History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$132,000 (approved)
$132,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


GA-274602-20

Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY 10536-3736)
Emily Handlin (Project Director: May 2020 to June 2020)
Michael L. Gitlitz (Project Director: June 2020 to present)
Online Public Programming During the Shutdown

The retention of five staff members to produce a variety of humanities-based online programming for adults and children.

The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) seeks funding support so that its staff can effectively develop, record and make publicly available humanities-based content during the proposed project period of June 15 – December 31, 2020. The goal is to transfer the KMA’s core activities—exhibitions and their accompanying public programs and education outreach—onto online platforms so that they can be experienced virtually by the public. Activities will include online exhibitions with accompanying interactive discussions between the public and artists or scholars, interviews, panel discussions and virtual studio visits and tours. The KMA will also engage children in arts-based learning through downloadable videos and activities, online curriculum for school partners and a combination of virtual and printed materials for underserved populations.

Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$174,371 (approved)
$174,371 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 9/30/2021


AH-274614-20

Holocaust Center for Humanity (Seattle, WA 98121-2205)
Dee Simon (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Sustaining Virtual Education Programs at the Holocaust Center for Humanity

Salaries and supplies for staff to lead online programs, including courses for students and teacher development workshops.

The generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities would ensure that the Holocaust Center for Humanity could retain its staff and continue to provide online resources for our community during this difficult time. Throughout 2020, our education department will create and manage more programs, including moving our annual Powell Summer Institute for educators to an online platform, piloting a new form of Speakers Bureau presentations which include more student engagement and shorter timeframes, training Speakers Bureau members on how to effectively present virtually, creating additional educator professional development workshops in partnership with local and national organizations, and continuing our successful online Lunch-and-Learn series for the community.

Project fields:
History, Other

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$109,150 (approved)
$106,629 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


HC-274616-20

Oakbrook Park Chumash Indian Corp. (Thousand Oaks, CA 91362-4900)
Vivian Steindal (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Chumash Indian Museum Digital Public Outreach Project

The restoration of two furloughed staff, three reduced-hours staff, and a consultant, who will create virtual recorded and live museum experiences, including virtual museum tours, a speaker series, virtual field trips, and digital collections.

This digital outreach project will create and distribute virtual experiences, allowing our organization to continue our mission of providing education about Chumash history and culture to the public. The virtual experiences, made available for free to the public through our website and social media platforms, will include: pre-recorded short videos on specific Chumash cultural topics, a pre-recorded video tour of the museum exhibits and trails, live and interactive speaker series with native and non-native expert participants, virtual field trips for schools, and online museum exhibits through our collections. [edited by staff]

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Digital Humanities)

Division:
Digital Humanities

Totals:
$28,060 (approved)
$27,425 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 3/31/2021


PB-274622-20

Sheldon Art and Archaeological Society Inc. (Middlebury, VT 05753-1101)
Eva Garcelon-Hart (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Archives Alive: Building Primary Source Collections During Covid-19 at the Henry Sheldon Museum, Vermont

Three staff members to expand content of the ephemera, photography, and map sections of the museum’s new website; transfer digitized photo files into the digital repository; and increase social media presence and implement an online newsletter.

The Sheldon Museum’s Stewart-Swift Research Center requests support to continue work on development of its recently created website and the Center’s digital preservation project, as recommended by consultants to the NEH PAG grant completed January 2020. The NEH CARES grant will enable staff to perform essential work towards enhancement and access to and digital preservation of the Center’s archival collection that otherwise would be compromised due to the coronavirus pandemic. The project will focus on access expansion of visual collections on the new website; implementation of the Center’s online newsletter and increase of social media presence; and transfer of digitized photo files into the digital repository. This project will retain employment of the Archivist, partially retain the Museum Associate Director, and create a new position, which will maintain staffing crucial to museum operations and successful completion of website collections access, preservation, and outreach.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$29,362 (approved)
$29,362 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


PB-274626-20

American Antiquarian Society (Worcester, MA 01609-1634)
James David Moran (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Activating Virtual AAS

The retention of four staff members to digitize historic materials, produce videos, and manage live events recorded remotely.

The American Antiquarian Society, an independent research library and learned society founded in 1812 that serves humanities scholars and the public by preserving unparalleled primary source material for American history and offering access to scholars and the public through a variety of programs, seeks support under the NEHCares program to create Virtual AAS, translating its hallmark dedicated service and in-depth sharing of its collections into a more robust online presence. Support is requested to retain three staff members who will redirect most of their efforts toward producing nearly all programs through the end of 2020 for online presentation, as well as for the VP of Programs who will lead the project, and for a new scanner so that in-house digitization may proceed, with images made freely available to humanities scholars and to staff producing virtual content, including inventories, digital exhibitions, webinars, and curator-led conversations.

Project fields:
American Studies; History, General; Public History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$101,387 (approved)
$101,387 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


GA-274633-20

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Dana Whitelaw (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
A Virtual Exploration of the High Desert: Sustaining Humanities and Connecting Community

Retention of seven staff members to develop virtual tours and programming based on the museum’s collections.

This project will enable the High Desert Museum’s core humanities team to create new virtual programming that will expand public access to the Museum’s significant humanities resources, expertise and collection and deepen understanding of the diverse experiences and perspectives that make up the history of the High Desert region with a particular focus on Indigenous cultures and perspectives. Key outputs will use three areas of our mission, exhibitions and community programs, collections, and K-12 education programs, to establish multiple avenues for engaging broad audiences in important humanities themes and content. Ultimately, these online experiences and resources will continue the Museum’s mission-based work during the current crisis, advance long-term institutional goals, significantly expand the Museum’s impact, and reach new audiences across the High Desert and beyond.

Project fields:
Cultural Anthropology; Cultural History; Native American Studies

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$191,920 (approved)
$191,920 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 6/30/2021


AH-274634-20

North Country Children's Museum (Potsdam, NY 13676-1125)
Sharon Vegh Williams (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
History Exhibit & Cultural Programs

Six months of salary for the executive director.

This project promotes visitor engagement in humanities exhibits and programs for children and families in a remote, rural, low-income community. The funding supports personnel costs and general operating support during the museum's closure due to COVID-19.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2020 – 12/31/2020


AH-274637-20

Association of Art Museum Directors (New York, NY 10022-3607)
Christine Susan Anangnos (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
AAMD: Continued Service to the Field

The retention of three full-time staff members and compensation for expert consultants from various fields to support communication and collaboration among museum directors.

Since 1916, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) has been the professional organization for the directors of the nation’s art museums. During this unpreceded time, our mission of advancing the profession by supporting the leadership capabilities of directors, advocating for the field, and fostering excellence in art museums remains our main priority.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Arts, Other; Communications; Communications

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274641-20

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, Inc. (Key West, FL 33040-6516)
Melissa Kendrick (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Beneath the Surface: People of the 1622 Plate Fleet

Retention of staff to enable the development of an online resource to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the wrecking of the Spanish Plate Fleet of 1622. 

The museum is developing an online resource for the 400th anniversary of the sinking of the Spanish Plate Fleet of 1622. It will provide free public access to collection records and a virtual exhibition, “Beneath the Surface.” Free educational modules in English and Spanish will be included, as will opportunities to book virtual visits with museum specialists. Podcasts, short videos, and other media will further illuminate the stories. The artifact collection of 31,000 objects contextualizes the lives of the people aboard the ships. This data has been migrated from old systems to Collective Access. Most records have been cleaned but 7,200 remain, with scans and other information to be added. Some archives must be rehoused. Attendance revenue provides 80% of the museum’s income but the county closed due to the corona virus and we expect a major loss of tourism throughout 2020. Without NEH funding, ten program staff will be furloughed and it will not be possible to complete the project.

Project fields:
Latin American History; Latino History

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$80,000 (approved)
$80,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/19/2020 – 3/31/2021


RJ-274643-20

Society for Classical Studies (New York, NY 10003-7112)
Sheila Murnaghan (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Stabilizing Research and Publications Activities During COVID-19 and Ensuring Momentum for the Future

The retention of one full-time and one part-time position and the extension of one full-time research fellow to support the activities of the Research and Publications Division of the Society for Classical Studies, including publication of the journal Transactions of the American Philological Association.

The Society for Classical Studies is the oldest and largest member and professional organization in the US devoted to the study and teaching of the ancient Greek and Roman and broader ancient Mediterranean worlds. The Society has recently completed strategic planning and developed three strategic priorities of advocacy, growth, and inclusion and is making headway in ensuring that the field of Classics becomes: (a) a more inclusive intellectual environment for research and teaching; and (b) more heavily involved in public engagement. However, this progress is threatened by the economic impact that COVID-19 is having on all revenue sources for the Society. This project would serve to maintain key activities such as journal production, bibliographic editing, website development, and provide bridge funding for a research fellow, while the organization continues to implement its strategic goals.

Project fields:
Classics

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Research)

Division:
Research Programs

Totals:
$71,512 (approved)
$65,916 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 12/31/2020


PB-274645-20

Harry Jackson Museum (Cody, WY 82414-8446)
Karen Anne Briggs (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Harry Jackson Museum Engagement of Conservation Staff for Critical Conservation of Artworks

The Harry Jackson Museum (HJI) requests NEH Cares funding to support the employment of conservation staff to address priority preservation housing needs for a sub-set of the Harry Jackson Collection. The HJI was addressing critical conservation recommendations of a 2019 CAP Assessment when Covid19-related workplace closures caused the project’s abrupt halt. NEH Cares would provide immediate employment to museum staff, qualified contracted conservation personnel and work for a local business. This project will allow HJI to retain staff and increase HJI’s public visibility and standing, thus indirectly helping to garner future financial support. This project represents an important investment in future access to the its collection making it possible for museum professionals and the public to locate objects for exhibit and research purposes. This project advances the Institute’s Strategic Plan, ties directly to the Institute’s mission, and advances the Humanities.

Project fields:
Arts, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (P&A)

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$29,856 (approved)
$29,856 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 3/31/2021


AH-274656-20

St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia, PA 19131-1308)
Shaily Menon (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Strengthening the Humanities Core and Supporting Contingent Faculty During COVID-19

The retention of five faculty in art history, English, musicology, Spanish, and philosophy, and professional development in online education for 50 contingent faculty.

Saint Joseph’s University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. With the humanities at its core, our curriculum aims to help students appreciate the role that ideas, values, and literary and other creative works play in all cultures, constituting a shared heritage that transcends differences and promotes a sense of common humanity. The goals of this application are to support at-risk undergraduate teaching positions in the humanities and to prepare contingent faculty to offer high impact virtual instruction in the humanities. We propose to do this by 1) retaining five at-risk contingent faculty positions in art history, English, musicology, Spanish, and philosophy and 2) strengthening the capacity of contingent faculty to deliver high quality virtual teaching in the fall through professional development and training during the summer. This will further our goal of preparing faculty and students for whatever the COVID-19 future brings.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Education)

Division:
Education Programs

Totals:
$294,471 (approved)
$294,059 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 4/30/2021