This month, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it will award $24.7 million in grants for 208 humanities projects. “These NEH grants will support educators and scholars in enriching our understanding of the past and enable cultural institutions from across the country to expand their offerings, resources, and public programming, both in person and online,” said NEH Acting Chair Adam Wolfson. “We look forward to the many new insights and discoveries that these 208 exemplary projects will make possible.”
Fifteen AASLH members were among the grant winners, and their total grants amount to over $2.5 million dollars. We congratulate them all on the hard work that led to these awards, and look forward to seeing the results of their endeavors. Read the full press release here.
Project Title: Imagining Alabama: Writing Through History
Project Description: The development and implementation of a new summer bridge program and first-year writing curriculum focused on Alabama history, for students in Alabama correctional facilities.
Project Title: “That Dreded Life” Living Museum
Project Description: A one-year project creating a living history museum based on the life of Dred Scott.
Fort Lewis College
Project Title: Fort Lewis College Native Language Revitalization Institute
Project Description: Design and implementation of a Fort Lewis College summer Native American language institute.
Northern Illinois University
Project Title: Professional Development Institutes for Digital Preservation
Project Description: Five Preserving digital Objects With Restricted Resources (POWRR) program training sessions on the standards, processes, and tools used to curate and preserve digital objects using open-source software. The 150 participants would largely come from grassroots cultural heritage organizations responsible for the curation and preservation of materials of historically marginalized groups, including Native Americans, African Americans, and members of the Latinx community.
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Project Title: Preservation Training, Resources, and Assessments to Ensure the Persistence of Humanities Collections
Project Description: A wide range of preservation and access activities, including addressing preservation emergencies through continuation of a 24/7 Collections Emergency Hotline and workshops on disaster planning and response, producing reference materials and updating the website, and building training webinars and online courses.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Project Title: I Don’t See What You Mean: Designing Creative, Accessible Museum Experiences
Project Description: The development and testing of a one-day workshop for museum practitioners that will use the Inclusive Co-Created Audio Description model to change how museum workers understand and implement digital accessibility for blind, partially blind, and sighted audiences.
Wayne State University
Project Title: Hamtramck Historic Spatial Archaeology Project
Project Description: A project to develop a prototype Historic Spatial Data Infrastructure (HSDI) that links archival, archaeological, and geospatial data associated with Hamtramck, Michigan.
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
Project Title: Building and Disseminating an App for Ethnographic Remote Audio Recording
Project Description: The development and testing with humanities scholars of an open-source, mobile recording app for collecting “audio diaries” for use in research and public engagement.
Midwest Art Conservation Center
Project Title: Regional Preservation Field Services Program NEH Grant Offers and Awards January 2022 Page 19 of 37 400 7th Street, S.W., 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20506 P 202.606.8446 www.neh.gov Project Description: A regional preservation field-service program that strengthens preservation practices and the care of humanities collections at hundreds of museums, historical organizations, libraries, and archives in five states of the Upper Midwest. The award would additionally support training for two Native American conservation fellows as part of its Native American Collections Care Fellowship Program.
Project Title: Protecting Public Art Collections: Emergency Preparedness Through Remote Risk Assessment and Mapping
Project Description: A planning project to develop a risk-assessment matrix for public art collections using a subset of data from the Washington State Arts Commission’s public art collection.
Southeast Missouri State University
Cape Girardeau, MO
Project Title: Teaching and Learning William Faulkner in the Digital Age
Project Description: The creation of digital resources for teaching William Faulkner’s fiction, followed by their integration into pilot courses for undergraduate and high school students.
St. Charles, MO
Project Title: Expanding Access to the Digital Humanities in St. Louis
Project Description: Developing a workshop and building a network for supporting and disseminating methods in digital humanities pedagogy for secondary and post-secondary institutions in the St. Louis, Missouri, region.
Project Title: Towards an Integrated Colonial Archive: Humanities, Law and British Indentureship
Project Description: The creation of an interactive website that brings together collections in the United States and United Kingdom to facilitate scholarship on colonialism and indentureship.
Rockingham County Historical Society Museum & Archives
Project Title: Installation of new HVAC System for MARC’s Historic 1907 Courthouse Project Description: Replacement of outdated HVAC equipment in the 1907 Rockingham County courthouse located in Wentworth, North Carolina, that serves as the district’s museum and archives.
Trumbull County Historical Society
Project Title: Morgan History Center Expansion
Project Description: Construction of a two-story addition to the Morgan History Center in Warren, Ohio, for collections storage, training, research, and a welcome center.
University of Wyoming
Project Title: Integrating the Humanities Across Civics Education in Wyoming
Project Description: A two-year project to create an online repository of civics education resources for Wyoming teachers.
Project Title: Finding a Place: Advancing Digital Methods to Unlock the Use of Digitized Book Illustrations in Cultural Institutions
Project Description: A research project on identifying and analyzing patterns in book illustration (c. 1750–1940) using digitized books from collections in Wyoming, Wales, and England.