Federal/State Partnership: State Humanities Councils General Operating Support Grants

Period of Performance

11/1/2013 - 10/31/2018

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$2,332,520.00 (approved)
$1,758,100.00 (awarded)

State Humanities Program

FAIN: SO-50627-14

Vermont Humanities Council (Montpelier, VT 05602-3021)
James Wilbur (Project Director: June 2013 to March 2014)
Major Jackson (Project Director: January 2014 to March 2016)
Ben Doyle (Project Director: March 2016 to January 2018)
Rolf Diamant (Project Director: January 2018 to present)

Funding details:
Original grant (2014) $135,000.00
Supplement (2014) $450,220.00
Supplement (2015) $575,620.00
Supplement (2016) $597,260.00

General operating support for state or territorial humanities council

Media Coverage

Reading Frederick Douglas (Media Coverage)
Author(s): David Moats
Publication: Times Argus
Date: 7/5/2016
Abstract: This editorial in the Times Argus newspaper provided context for the Reading Frederick Douglass events that the Vermont Humanities Council sponsored around Vermont in late June and July, 2016. The writer, David Moats, says, “It is impossible not to think of the continuing injustices, the imprisonment and persecution of minorities, that persist despite our creed of equality.”

Reading Frederick Douglas (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Kevin O'Connor
Publication: VT Digger
Date: 6/26/2016
Abstract: This article on the VTDigger website was written by Kevin O’Connor. In addition to listing the upcoming Reading Frederick Douglass events sponsored by VHC, O’Connor wrote about the genesis of the program, and said “In an increasingly scorching summer of polarizing national politics, the Vermont Humanities Council believes it has hit upon a powerful platform to address current affairs: Frederick Douglass’ 164-year-old Independence Day oration of 1852.”

Pulitzer (Media Coverage)
Author(s): Joe Donahue, Jeff Kaufman
Publication: Ideas Matter
Date: 7/6/2016
Abstract: Ideas Matter, a radio program on WAMC in Albany, New York, interviewed documentary film producer Jeff Kaufman about his film, The State of Marriage, which shows the struggle for same-sex marriage equality in Vermont. The audio interview highlighted the screening and panel discussion that VHC sponsored as part of the Pulitzer Centennial Campfires initiative.

Veteran Book Group (Media Coverage)
Publication: WAMC radio
Date: 5/8/2015
Abstract: Ideas Matter radio talked with Michael Heaney, a retired American History Professor, lawyer, and a wounded combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Heaney leads Veterans Book Groups for the Vermont Humanities Council.

Associated Products

Pulitzer Landing Page (Web Resource)
Title: Pulitzer Landing Page
Author: Ryan Newswanger
Abstract: The landing page for the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires initiative on the Vermont Humanities Council website provides a listing of upcoming events related to the program, as well as a collection of quotes from Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, and a description of the initiative.
Year: 2016
Primary URL: http://www/

Collection of Pulitzer Quotes (Web Resource)
Title: Collection of Pulitzer Quotes
Author: Jeff Euber
Abstract: Every week in 2016, the Vermont Humanities Council posts to social media (Twitter and Facebook) quotes from the authors of Pulitzer Prize-winning works. We also collect the quotes on our website, and have developed an interface where users can search for and browse among the quotes. This effort has produced some of the most popular posts on our social media channels in 2016.
Year: 2016
Primary URL:
Secondary URL: http://

Civil War Book of Days (Web Resource)
Title: Civil War Book of Days
Author: Peter A. Gilbert
Abstract: The Civil War Book of Days website collects the posts that described the events of each week in the Civil War. These weekly posts were created between 2011 and 2015, and were emailed to 2600 subscribers. The website allows visitors to search, browse, and read all of the posts that the Vermont Humanities Council created on the topic.
Year: 2011
Primary URL: