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ZR-256761-18

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Elizabeth Barret (Project Director: February 2017 to present)

These Roots Run Deep: Connecting Communities Through Foodways

A series of community forums, events, and workshops that promote and educate the public about Appalachian local foodways.

Appalshop is seeking support for programming that links the present to the past as expressed through foodways in eastern Kentucky. The lead applicant and project partners will seek to engage citizens in the further exploration of cultural heritage through the lens of local traditions, with a special focus on food growing, preparation, and our strong relationship to the land and place. The wealth of knowledge among local citizens, grassroots and educational institutions, and scholars will be a catalyst for discovering and interpreting the food culture that we share. This unifying topic will also activate discussion within the humanities regarding the importance of local heritage, the human diversity and complexity that shapes our traditions and community identity, as well as sustainability and health in a changing economy.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Folklore and Folklife; Rural Studies

Program:
Creating Humanities Communities Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$150,000

Grant period:
2/1/2017 – 1/31/2021


PG-258461-18

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director: May 2017 to present)

Safeguarding Appalshop Archive Collections

The purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies to rehouse a collection of more than 1.8 million feet of 16mm film footage; approximately 1,600 photographic images; and 300 boxes of archival materials and mixed media.  The collection focuses on the history and culture of eastern Kentucky and western North Carolina and documents a wide range of topics, including daily life, coal mining, and the musical traditions of Appalachia.


Appalshop Archive is requesting funds to support improvement of our long-term storage for audiovisual, photographs, and paper records documenting central Appalachian history, culture and social issues, as well as the institution’s 48-year history. Targeted collections are: The Appalshop Films Collection and The June Appal Recordings Collection which contain first-voice documentation of the region and Appalachian musical recordings; The Robert Gumpert-Harlan County Photograph Collection documenting the Harlan County strike of 1973-74; The Kristen Mendenhall Photograph Collection of photographs of rural artisans, activists and residents in rural eastern KY and NC in the early 1970s; and The Mountain Eagle/Tom and Pat Gish Archives Collection, which contains materials on poverty, housing, education, drug abuse, and other issues affecting eastern KY.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife; Rural Studies; U.S. History

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 6/30/2019


PY-253110-17

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

The Hills Remember: Preserving Heritage in an Appalachian Coal Community

A two-day digitization event at the Mountain Heritage Festival in Whitesburg, Kentucky, to document the community’s photographs, artwork, objects, and artifacts and preserve the Appalachian region’s historical record during a period of socio-economic transition, as communities confront challenges involved in moving beyond traditional lines of livelihood following the cessation of coal production. The applicant would select digitized items to highlight on a curated project web page, augmenting images with description of the project within the context of eastern Kentucky’s cultural heritage. To facilitate discussion and build appreciation of local heritage and cultural stewardship, the applicant would organize two additional public events: a “Home Movie Day” during which newly digitized film and video would be screened to the public and a culminating project ”showcase” at the applicant’s 2018 Seedtime on the Cumberland Festival.

Building on a sense of place that is deeper than its Appalachian coal seams while confronting the limits of a fossil fuel based economy, Letcher County, Kentucky, is in a moment of transition. The proposed project will build upon local efforts to increase sense of agency and appreciation for the community's heritage and assets. It will result in the digitization of vernacular photographic materials, artwork and  3-Dimensional objects, historical paper records and audiovisual materials provided by members of the public and gathered as a result of community engagement, public programming, and digitization events. By catalyzing the area's cultural assets, the project will increase local capacity through activities that safeguard and celebrate both the archival materials collected and the wellspring of community expression and traditions.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Folklore and Folklife; Public History

Program:
Common Heritage

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$12,000 (approved)
$12,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018


ZH-252992-17

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director: May 2016 to present)

From These Hills: Public Programming and Engagement through the Appalshop Archive

Digitization, expansion, and curation of Appalshop archival material.

A Humanities Access challenge grant will support Appalshop in 1) enhancing the organization's humanities program, 2) improving access to collections in its care, and 3) broadening and deepening its unique role as a regionally-based cultural, arts and humanities center in Appalachia with a national and international reach. As an anchor institution in a region that is currently undergoing significant economic transition away from coal as a dominant extractive industry, the timing of the NEH grant would be well-suited to this period of change as thousands of coal-related layoffs have occurred. This moment provides an opportunity to honor the area’s coalmining legacy while reimagining a future with a more diverse economy built in part through community cultural development. Materials in the Appalshop Archive hold lasting value for public programming in the humanities and will form the basis for implementing a robust outreach and engagement effort to bring more work before the public.

Project fields:
Folklore and Folklife; History, General

Program:
Humanities Access Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$100,000

Grant period:
5/1/2016 – 9/30/2021


PG-52356-14

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

Safeguarding and Improving Access to the Appalshop Archive

The purchase of archival shelving for a new storage facility dedicated for paper materials; two Preservation Environmental Monitors (PEM) that would assess conditions in a climate-controlled vault that stores film, video, audio, and photographs; as well as the hiring of a consultant who would advise and train staff on conducting in-house preservation of 10,000 at-risk video and audio tapes. The media collection, spanning 44 years of Appalachian culture and history, contains unedited outtakes, raw footage, and full interviews with a variety of Appalachian artists, musicians, craftspeople, writers, and other individuals of regional and often national importance. Topics range from subsistence farming, extractive industries in Appalachia, traditional music and storytelling, labor organizing, and migration. In addition, the Appalshop media makers documented newsworthy regional events such as activity surrounding the Scotia mine explosions in 1976, Edward Kennedy's visit to eastern Kentucky in 1983, and a sit-down protest against the laying of a natural gas well in an Appalachian hollow in 1990.

The Appalshop Archive is seeking funds that will support its goal of stabilizing and improving access to the organization's institutional paper and audiovisual records. For over four decades, Appalshop has produced and presented work in a wide range of media that celebrates the culture and voices the concerns of people living in the Appalachian Mountains. Its Archive houses a significant collection of primary materials documenting the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Appalachia. This grant will support the purchase of archival shelves for paper material storage and environmental monitors to track climate conditions in two storage spaces. It will also fund a consultancy with an expert in moving image preservation who will advise the Archive on the establishment of an in-house preservation workstation that meets archival standards for transferring magnetic media.

Project fields:
Arts, General; Rural Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015


PG-51773-12

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director: May 2011 to present)

Storage Furniture and Materials to Preserve Archival Collections

The purchase of storage furniture and preservation supplies to rehouse the organization's institutional records documenting the art, culture, and social history of Appalachia and rural America. The archive includes meeting minutes, project files, financial records, publicity, original artwork, and emphemera produced by of one of the oldest community arts organziations in the United States.

Appalshop is seeking funds to re-house the first 10 years of its legacy paper collection. Appalshop is a 41-year old community media center located in the coalfields of southeastern Kentucky. Its creation in 1969 was a product of both a War on Poverty program to train underserved youths in media production, and of the community media movement of the late 1960’s. Appalshop’s earliest paper records demonstrate how a film production workshop for high school students grew into a self-governing media arts and education center, and also how, through its activities, the organization captured aspects of Appalachian life that were not being documented elsewhere. Many of Appalshop’s earliest documents are in their original acidic folders and boxes. There are also oversize paper items from its first decade that require a flat file cabinet for proper storage. This grant will enable the archive to migrate these important documents to greatly improved archival storage micro-environments.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2012 – 6/30/2013


PG-51072-10

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Caroline Rubens (Project Director: May 2009 to present)

Safeguarding the Appalshop Films Collection

The purchase of 1,080 archival film cans and a freezer to rehouse at-risk documentary 16mm films and videos created since 1969. A consultant would advise on archival rehousing and the purchase of the freezer. The selection of supplies and equipment is based on recommendations from the consultant and on the results of a previous NEH Preservation Assistance Grant and other preservation assessments. Appalshop's film holdings document a wide range of events and activities involving the history and culture of Appalachia, including local life, politics, religious services, folk artists at work, and traditional music.

For 40 years, Appalshop has been producing documentary films and videos, audio programs, musical recordings and other forms of media. In the process it has developed an extensive and important collection of materials documenting the Appalachian region and rural America. The Appalshop Film Collection contains approximately 1.8 million feet of 16mm black and white and color film covering all aspects of life in central Appalachia, including coal mining, subsistence farming, craftspeople, labor strikes, musicians, storytellers, religious practices, out-migration, politics, environmental activism, and Appalachian literature. In order to ensure the long term safety of its film holdings, the Appalshop Archive is seeking a grant to retain the services of a film archiving consultant and purchase supplies to re-house a portion of its 16mm picture and sound elements.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011


PA-51519-06

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Dwight William Swanson (Project Director: May 2005 to present)

Film Collection Rehousing and Environmental Monitoring Project

The purchase of an environmental monitor and related computer software and archival film supplies for six major still and moving images collections that cover life in central Appalachia since the 1930s.

Appalshop, Inc. proposes a grant for the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and archival film supplies for its media vaults. The equipment and supplies will serve to enhance Appalshop’s archival vault development project and the long-term care and use of present and future holdings by allowing for precise measurements of the environmental conditions in the archival storage areas and by extending the life of the moving image materials that comprise the 16mm collections.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$4,989 (approved)
$4,989 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2006 – 7/31/2007


PA-51948-06

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Elizabeth Barret (Project Director: July 2005 to present)

Cataloging and Selective Reformatting of the Appalshop Audio and Moving Image Archives

Cataloging archival records that document the content of the organization's multi-media collections, creating finding aids, and rehousing and the selective reformatting of audio and moving image collections.

To preserve, catalog, and improve access to the documentary records in its archive, Appalshop seeks support for an archivist to assess and arrange the Archive's moving image and recorded sound collections; identify, preserve, and generate access copies of at-risk collection materials; further describe and complete cataloguing records of the Archive's materials and create title-level finding aids; provide increased awareness and access to the collections by the public through development of the Archive's website, and inclusion of catalogue records in established on-line archive collection indexes.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$226,629 (approved)
$226,629 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2006 – 10/30/2008


GN-50448-04

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Elizabeth Barret (Project Director: March 2004 to present)

Photographer William Gedney's Legacy: Truth and Illusion

Consultation with scholars to develop a one-hour television program on the legacy of American photographer William Gedney (1932-89).

Project fields:
Anthropology; Art History and Criticism

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$10,000 (approved)
$10,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2004 – 12/31/2005


PA-23588-00

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Richard M. Kirby (Project Director: April 2000 to present)

Preservation Assessment of Film, Video, Audiotape, and Photography Collections

A preservation assessment of holdings of film, video, audiotape, and photographs that document the social, political, economic, and cultural history of Appalachia.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Preservation/Access Projects

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$2,950 (approved)
$2,950 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2000 – 4/30/2001


GP-22137-99

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Maxine Kenny (Project Director: February 1999 to present)

Voices From Home: Appalachian Tales/America's Story

A series of nine eight-day residencies in different parts of the country and a culminating workshop in Appalachia to explore links between the life and culture of Appalachia with other regions and cultural groups in the country.

Project fields:
U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Special Projects

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$300,977 (approved)
$300,977 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1999 – 8/31/2002


CH-20225-96

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Tim Marema (Project Director: May 1995 to present)

Appalshop Humanities Endowment and Organizational Development

To support a permanent endowment for humanities programming, interim support todevelop key humanities programs until the endowment is established, and fund- raising expenses.

Project fields:
Media Studies

Program:
Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$200,000

Grant period:
12/1/1994 – 7/31/1999


GS-20035-95

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Charles Maggard (Project Director: February 1995 to present)

Conversations on Appalachian Pluralism and Identity

To support for broadcast over the radio community conversations on American pluralism and identity in Dickenson County, Virginia; Hazard and Cumberland counties, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Whitesburg, Kentucky.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Enterprise Awards Pre 2001

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$15,000 (approved)
$15,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1995 – 9/30/1996


GN-25088-95

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Elizabeth Barret (Project Director: September 1994 to present)

Stranger With a Camera

To support scripting of a 60-minute documentary film examining media images of Appalachian people and the relationship between filmmakers and film subjects, through the story of a fatal shooting of a film director in Kentucky.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$80,000 (approved)
$80,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1995 – 1/31/1996


GN-24735-93

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Herby E. Smith (Project Director: March 1993 to present)

Appalachian Economy and Culture: A History

To support post-production of a 60-minute film on the interplay between culture and the economy in Appalachia.

Project fields:
American Studies

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$37,200 (approved)
$37,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/1993 – 10/31/1994


CX-20009-83

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Katharine K. Pearson (Project Director: September 1982 to present)

Challenge Grant

To support renovation and retirement of the mortgage debt on the Appalshop Center; and to support humanities programming.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Challenge Grants for Other Nonprofit Orgs & Societies

Division:
Challenge Grants

Total amount offered:
$225,000

Grant period:
3/1/1982 – 7/31/1986


GN-20593-82

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Helen M. Lewis (Project Director: May 1982 to present)

Images of Appalachia - Pilot for History of Appalachia Series

To support production of a 60-minute documentary film on the history of images and stereotypes of Appalachia as a region and its inhabitants from colonial times to the present. It is the pilot program for a seven-part series on the history of Appalachia.

Project fields:
American Studies; History, General

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$190,000 (approved)
$190,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1982 – 3/31/1983


GN-*1249-80

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Helen Lewis (Project Director: March 1980 to present)

Film History of Appalachia - Research and Development

To support the development of a seven part television series on the history of the Appalachian region and scripting of a pilot dealing with the history of images of the region in the minds of Americans.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$98,795 (approved)
$98,795 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1980 – 8/31/1981


GN-*0897-79

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Herb E. Smith (Project Director: February 1979 to present)

Planning Grant

To plan a televison series on the history of the Appalachian region.

To help increase the adult public's understanding of the Appalachian region.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Media, Humanities Projects in

Division:
Public Programs

Total amounts:
$20,000 (approved)
$20,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1979 – 1/31/1980


ES-10399-73

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Alan G. Bennett (Project Director: March 1973 to present)

Appalachian Educational Media Project

The primary purpose of the workshop is to give opportunity and skills to Appalachian youth (ages 17-40)'while they record on film topics from the stony of their Appalachian heritage. To produce five new films (12-15 minute sound/color films) and to continue staff support. The films will be distributed in a package including printed material for teacher/student classroom use.

Project fields:
U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Institutes for School Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$68,218 (approved)
$68,218 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/1973 – 2/28/1974


EH-10334-72

Appalshop, Inc. (Whitesburg, KY 41858-0743)
Benjamin Zickafoose (Project Director: June 1972 to present)

Appalachian Educational Media Project

To offer Appalachian young people and education in media, specifically, to enable 16 students, recruited from the Workshop and schools across Appalachia, to produce eight educational film on Appalachian culture.

Project fields:
Film History and Criticism

Program:
Institutes for College and University Teachers

Division:
Education Programs

Total amounts:
$51,285 (approved)
$51,285 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1972 – 8/31/1973