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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 – 12/31/2020


PG-266654-19

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Dana Whitelaw (Project Director: January 2019 to present)
Doris Swayze Bounds Collection Assessment

A preservation assessment of approximately 7,000 objects, which document many of the indigenous groups of the Columbia River Plateau, including the Colville, Yakama, Klamath, Nez Perce, and Umatilla tribes, over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection includes beaded bags, cedar root baskets, clothing and textiles, cradleboards, tools, horse trappings, and jewelry and is used to convey the experiences and perspectives of Plateau Indians through permanent and traveling exhibits, educational programs, and scholarly research.

The 7,000 objects related to American Indians in the Museum’s collection are essential to understanding the experiences and perspectives of Columbia Plateau Indians and enhancing the public’s knowledge of the American West. Dating from the 1800s to 1960s, these objects, including beaded and cornhusk bags, baskets, articles of clothing and cradleboards, demonstrate how Indigenous groups navigated dramatic changes in the region. This collection is essential to our exhibitions and programs, making its long-term care a high priority for the Museum. Consultant Ellen Pearlstein will assess this collection to provide an accurate understanding of its preservation needs and inform two projects related to the long-term care of the collection. We are developing a new culturally responsive collections care plan and in the initial stages of renovating our 4,500 square-foot By Hand Through Memory permanent exhibition, which uses this collection to convey the experiences of Plateau Indians.

Project fields:
Cultural History; Native American Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$8,653 (approved)
$8,653 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 8/31/2021


GE-264601-19

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Dana Whitelaw (Project Director: August 2018 to present)
Creating Together: Reimagining the High Desert Museum's Exhibition on the Indigenous Columbia Plateau

Planning for the reinstallation of the High Desert Museum’s 4,500-square-foot By Hand Through Memory permanent exhibition.

Through this planning period, High Desert Museum staff, tribal representatives and academics will explore major themes for the reinterpretation of the Museum’s By Hand Through Memory permanent exhibition. This exhibition will highlight how Plateau Indians actively maintained their cultures, traditions and languages and navigated pressures to assimilate. Merging artifacts, traditional and contemporary artwork, ecology and Native voices, the interdisciplinary, place-based exhibition will focus audiences’ attention on stories not told elsewhere. By placing American Indians at the center of the history of the American West in the 20th century, the reinterpreted exhibition and associated programming will raise awareness of the enduring role of Native people in the Columbia Plateau and enhance understanding of the region as a shared place. Stronger relationships between cultural institutions in the region will support co-curated traveling exhibitions that will reach large audiences.

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

Program:
Exhibitions: Planning

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$45,000 (approved)
$45,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2019 – 9/30/2021


MR-50160-12

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Dana Whitelaw (Project Director: May 2012 to January 2014)
NEH on the Road: Bison

Ancillary public humanities programs to accompany the NEH on the Road: Bison traveling exhibition.

The High Desert Museum seeks a $1,000 grant to help support the cost of public humanities programming to accompany The Bison: American Icon when it appears at the Museum.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
NEH on the Road

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$1,000 (approved)
$1,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2012 – 1/31/2013


GM-50355-04

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Kelly Cannon-Miller (Project Director: March 2004 to October 2005)
Desert Stories Project

Consultation with scholars and interpretive specialists to assess the museum's current interpretative direction and to explore how to incorporate more living history presentations.

The High Desert Museum is requesting a National Endowment for the Humanities Consultation Grant for the purpose of charting a new interpretive direction for the Museum’s cultural and historical interpretive programs. The Museum intends to contract with highly qualified consultants to assist the Museum to evaluate the effectiveness of its current cultural and historical interpretation in meeting its mission and to identify opportunities to enhance its current programs with particular emphasis on theater and living history. The Museum anticipates that the activities proposed in the Desert Stories project will provide the foundation for the development of a comprehensive master plan for its cultural and historical interpretive programs.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

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

Grant period:
10/1/2004 – 6/30/2005


GM-26244-01

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Kevin M. Britz (Project Director: November 2000 to October 2002)
Buckaroo!: The Hispanic Heritage of the High Desert

Planning for a traveling exhibition and catalog on the post-Civil War Hispanic influence on ranching in Oregon, both in terms of the general ranch culture and production of crafts.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$40,903 (approved)
$40,903 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2001 – 2/28/2002


GM-25845-98

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Kevin M. Britz (Project Director: January 1998 to February 2000)
Indians of the Columbia River Plateau Exhibit

To support a new permanent exhibition on the Native American cultures of the Plateau region, with special emphasis on post-reservation cultural change and maintenance.

Project fields:
U.S. History

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$240,870 (approved)
$240,870 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1998 – 8/31/1999


CP-30137-94

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Arthur H. Wolf (Project Director: May 1993 to November 1997)
Permanent Native American Exhibit Wing and Endowments

To support construction of a Native American exhibitions wing in the museum, a facility to house Columbia River Plateau Indian artifacts; and endowment of a new curatorial position.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Public Challenge Grants

Division:
Challenge Grants

Totals (matching):
$550,000 (approved)
$550,000 (offered)
$550,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/1992 – 7/31/1997


GM-24671-92

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Brian N. Weber (Project Director: June 1991 to April 1994)
The Native American Heritage of the Intermountain West

To support planning for a permanent exhibition on the native Americans of the Great Basin and the Plateau.

Project fields:
Native American Studies

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$48,101 (approved)
$48,101 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1992 – 12/31/1993


CA-21312-87

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Donald M. Kerr (Project Director: May 1986 to December 1990)
Challenge Grant

To establish an endowment for staff salaries and the operating costs of a new hall for humanities exhibitions and to support the creation of a permanent exhibition, "Spirit of the West."

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Program:
Challenge Grants for Museums

Division:
Challenge Grants

Totals (matching):
$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (offered)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1986 – 7/31/1990


GM-*1265-80

High Desert Museum (Bend, OR 97708-5035)
Donald M. Kerr (Project Director: February 1980 to October 1990)
Implementation/Permanent Orientation Exhibits on the Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Northern Desert

To support the implementation of 12 permanent Orientation Exhibits on the cultural traditions and related natural phenomena of the desert regions of the Pacific Northwest in prehistoric, historic and contemporary times.

Project fields:
Anthropology; History, General

Program:
Humanities Projects in Museums and Historical Organizations

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$95,443 (approved)
$95,443 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/1980 – 8/31/1981