The U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country, including four awards worth nearly $1 million to ASTC member institutions.
The announcement includes grants in a number of areas, including the preservation of historical and cultural collections, the creation of exhibitions and public programs, education grants for curricular innovation, and summer stipends for scholars.
Congratulations to the following ASTC members:
Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
$318,944 for “The Colonial St. Augustine Project: Digitizing 400 Years of Interaction” (Project Director: Charles Cobb)
The development of a database and online portal to archaeological material at the Florida Museum of Natural History from three house lots at the colonial city of St. Augustine. The house lots encompass material from the late 16th to 19th centuries. A total of approximately 52,000 artifacts and over 2,000 documents, maps and photos, would be added—including pottery, architecture, clothing, and metals that document the diverse cultural representation in St. Augustine at that time.
Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware
$194,400 for “NEH-Hagley Fellowship on Business, Culture, and Society” (Project Director: Roger Horowitz)
12 months of stipend support (1–3 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.
Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California
$75,000 for “Bears Ears: Living Land” (Project Director: Danielle Sommer)
Development of a temporary and traveling exhibition on the history and culture of tribes of the Bears Ears region in southeastern Utah.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana
$400,000 for “Emmett Till’s Journey Home: A Story of Racism that Shocked a Nation” (Project Director: Jennifer Pace-Robinson)
Implementation of a traveling exhibition on Emmett Till, whose lynching at the age of 14 in 1955 was a major turning point in the civil rights movement.
In a statement, NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson was quoted as saying, “NEH is proud to support these 225 new projects, which embody excellence, intellectual rigor, and a dedication to the pursuit of knowledge, even as our nation and the humanities community continue to face the challenges of the pandemic.”
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the NEH supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.