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Mollie Amelia Godfrey
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA 22807-0001)

FT-291353-23
Summer Stipends
Research Programs

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/19/2023 – 8/18/2023

Black Women’s Writing, the Fictions of Segregation, and the Human

Writing leading to a book on Black women writers’ distinct humanist vision and interventions in social realist literature.

Brave Humanisms argues that long prior to the cultural revolutions of the 1960s-1980s, Black women writers of the segregation era recognized and resisted the violence of Western humanism. For writers such as Pauline Hopkins, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Lorraine Hansberry, the capacity of narrative forms to consider human identities in relation to historical, material, and embodied particularities offered a direct challenge to the exclusionary logic of Western humanism that sustained U.S. segregation (ca. 1896–1964). However, rather than demanding recognition or inclusion by Western humanism, they demanded that we retheorize the human and humanisms altogether. Brave Humanisms recovers these writers’ radical reclamation of the human and, in so doing, restores Black women's segregation-era writing to the center of humanistic and post-humanistic study.

Victoria Papa
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (North Adams, MA 01247-4100)

FT-291450-23
Summer Stipends
Research Programs

Totals:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2023 – 7/31/2023

Aesthetics of Survival: Counternarratives of Trauma in American Modernist Literature

Research and writing of a monograph examining how early twentieth century American authors expand representations of trauma.

Almost one-hundred years ago, modernists writing from the margins of a literary movement—or those who wrote about race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability—provided a counternarrative to the dominant psychoanalytic theory of trauma. “Aesthetics of Survival: Counternarratives of Trauma in American Modernist Literature” traces this alternative history to argue that American authors of the 1920s to 1940s—including Richard Bruce Nugent, Langston Hughes, H.D, Lola Ridge, Djuna Barnes, and Zora Neale Hurston—wrote out of the experience of social injustice to expand representations of trauma. Rather than locate trauma in major catastrophe, sudden accidents, and the imminent threat of physical death, as Sigmund Freud did in his work, these writers depict the impact of durational, intersectional, and collective violences to ultimately emphasize resiliency in the face of oppression.

University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699)
Laura Heffernan (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279778-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products][Media coverage]

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

Documenting Black Jacksonville: The Viola Muse Digital Edition

Preparation for digital publication of the interview notes of Viola Muse (1891-1981), a writer who took part in the Florida Federal Writers Project from 1936 to 1940. (12 months) 

The Viola Muse Digital Edition will present the 73 discrete manuscript and typescript documents (totaling 262 pages) that comprise the Viola Muse Collection at the Jacksonville Historical Society. Muse was a local hairdresser and an interviewer/writer with the Negro Writers Division of the Florida Federal Writers Project (1936-40). Our edition will provide images and transcriptions of her fieldwork on Black society and Black history in Jacksonville as well as a scholarly introduction and headnotes/annotations for the documents.

Long Island University (Greenvale, NY 11548-1300)
Deborah Mutnick (Project Director: March 2020 to October 2022)
Shannon Carter (Co Project Director: October 2020 to October 2022)
Sara Rutkowski (Co Project Director: January 2022 to October 2022)

EH-272497-20
Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
Education Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$224,235 (approved)
$177,660 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 12/31/2021

The New Deal Era's Federal Writers' Project: History, Politics, and Legacy

A four-week institute for 25 college and university faculty to study the history, accomplishments, and cultural legacy of the Federal Writers’ Project.

LIU-Brooklyn proposes a 4-week summer institute for 25 college and university faculty to study the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), part of the federally funded unemployment relief agency known as the Works Projects Administration under FDR during the Great Depression. The institute will focus on the FWP’s history, accomplishments, and literary legacy as our country’s first government-sponsored public history project, particularly with respect to its mission to document underrepresented stories about everyday American life and its impact on American literature. Given the extraordinary impact former FWP writers had on American literature, participants will also study creative works by former FWP writers like Zora Neale Hurston, Dorothy West, Richard Wright, and Meridel Le Seuer, alongside archival materials these same writers generated for the FWP. We invite applicants from diverse backgrounds and will reserve space for at least five non-tenure track or adjunct faculty.

Indian River State College (Fort Pierce, FL 34981-5596)
Mia Tignor (Project Director: July 2019 to present)

AE-269186-20
Humanities Initiatives at Community Colleges
Education Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$98,036 (approved)
$97,143 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2020 – 7/31/2023

Infusing African American Culture into the Digital Learning Space

A two-year project that would create new digital course modules on Florida’s African American history.

Indian River State College (IRSC) proposes Infusing African American Culture into the Digital Learning Space, a three-year project to expand the teaching of African American studies across humanities disciplines through the lens of Florida’s Treasure Coast (Martin County, Indian River County, St. Lucie County, and Okeechobee County) by creating an interactive website and instructional modules to engage students. In order expand the teaching of African American studies and provide greater access to the historical and cultural record of the Treasure Coast to the College’s significant online student population, collaborative teams of humanities, library faculty, virtual campus staff, face-to-face students, and community partners will create innovative digital humanities content. This NEH grant offers an opportunity to protect the Treasure Coast’s African American History through the digitization of imperil cultural heritage materials and the creation of an interactive digital curriculum.

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3305)
Donald Bradford Hunt (Project Director: August 2019 to September 2020)
Keelin Burke (Project Director: September 2020 to present)

RA-269816-20
Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals (outright + matching):
$932,500 (approved)
$872,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 6/30/2026

Long-Term Research Fellowships at the Newberry Library

48 months of stipend support (5 fellowships) per year for five years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.

Grants from the NEH’s Fellowship Program at Independent Research Institutions (FPIRI) have generously allowed the Newberry Library to invite outstanding scholars to pursue ground-breaking research using our extensive collections. In this application, the Newberry requests $382,500 over three years in direct FPIRI grants to provide 24 months per year of long-term fellowship stipends for carefully-selected researchers in the humanities. Further, the Newberry requests $180,000 over three years in matching FPIRI grants to offer an additional 24 months per year of long-term fellowship stipends (12 months funded by FPIRI grants; 12 months matched by the Newberry). A FPIRI grant and additional matching funds would allow the Newberry to begin to address high demand for scholarly use of our collections, enrich humanistic inquiry, and benefit the institution long after fellowship residencies.

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc. (Lawrence, KS 66045-3101)
Ayesha K. Hardison (Project Director: March 2020 to present)
Maryemma Graham (Co Project Director: August 2020 to present)

EH-272538-20
Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
Education Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 6/30/2022

Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present, and Future

A three-week institute for 25 higher education faculty on the life and works of author Zora Neale Hurston.

This 3-week Institute for Higher Education Professionals focuses on author Zora Neale Hurston's diverse body of work, and its unwaning impact on American literature and culture. A novelist, folklorist, anthropologist, journalist, and precursor to the applied humanities, Hurston is the most prolific African American woman writer of the early 20th century. Her oeuvre, including an autobiography, novels, essays, and folklore collections published at the height of her career, is still expanding, as her previously unpublished work, namely short stories, plays, and ethnography, appear recurringly in print. "Hurston on the Horizon: Past, Present, and Future" is inspired by this as well as the enduring popularity of Hurston's seminal novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The Institute will enable 25 participants to develop new perspectives and deeper appreciation of Hurston's texts in order to place her in 21st century contexts and foster new directions for teaching and research.

Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL 36088-1923)
Adaku Tawia Ankumah (Project Director: July 2018 to October 2022)
Rhonda Michelle Collier (Co Project Director: December 2018 to October 2022)

AB-264042-19
Humanities Initiatives at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Education Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$99,381 (approved)
$98,751 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 9/30/2021

Literary Legacies of Macon County and Tuskegee Institute: Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Albert Murray

A two-year project to produce new curricular materials, digital humanities resources, and community engagement activities focused on the writers Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Albert Murray.

The proposed project seeks to advance humanities education and scholarship at Tuskegee University as our students become acquainted with literary and cultural icons Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, and Albert Murray, each of whom was connected biographically and artistically to Tuskegee Institute and Macon County, Alabama. In studying the works of these pre-eminent authors of the twentieth century, engaging with scholars knowledgeable about these authors, our students, mainly in the sciences and social sciences, will be able to understand and contextualize twenty-first century challenges in culture and society. The project, through course enhancements, workshops for teachers and faculty, and community engagement activities, also seeks to create a digital humanities site to disseminate and historical documents, teaching materials, and cultural artifacts and to preserve them for future generations.

National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-0152)
Tania Munz (Project Director: August 2017 to March 2020)
Robert D. Newman (Project Director: March 2020 to present)

RA-259260-18
Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
Research Programs

[Grant products][Media coverage][Prizes]

Totals (outright + matching):
$301,454 (approved)
$301,454 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 6/30/2022

Long-term Research Fellowships at the National Humanities Center

30 months of stipend support (3-5 fellowships) per year for three years and a contribution to defray costs associated with the selection of fellows.

The National Humanities Center, an independent center exclusively devoted to advanced humanities research, seeks five nine-month fellowships for the next three-year cycle (grant period Jan. 1, 2019-June 30, 2022). Since 1978, NEH has generously supported five NHC fellowships during each granting cycle, excepting the last cycle when it supported three. Designated “NEH Fellows,” recipients of these awards are chosen through a rigorous vetting process and join a vibrant intellectual community of 35-40 total Fellows. Each works on a major research project throughout the academic year with significant support from our library staff and fellowship office. End-of-year evaluations from the roughly 1,400 Fellows who have been in residence generally describe their year at the NHC as the most inspiring and productive of their careers. The NHC focuses attention to diversity in all of its dimensions so that Fellows represent a broad range of disciplines, institutions, backgrounds and perspectives.

Florida Humanities Council (St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005)
Jacqueline May (Project Director: February 2016 to September 2017)
Ann S. Schoenacher (Project Director: September 2017 to March 2018)
Heather Russell (Co Project Director: May 2016 to May 2018)

BH-250799-16
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

Totals:
$170,578 (approved)
$149,057 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 12/31/2017

Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and Her Eatonville Roots

Two one-week workshops for seventy-two schoolteachers on the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and Eatonville, the community that formed her identity and fueled her imagination.

The workshops outlined in this proposal provide K-12 teachers with an interdisciplinary exploration of the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and the community that formed her identity and fueled her imagination – Eatonville, Florida. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, Eatonville is the oldest incorporated black town in the U.S. During the workshop, teachers will examine Hurston’s accomplishments within the context of the historical and cultural development of Eatonville and grapple with compelling questions about how this unique black enclave fueled her appreciation of folk culture, inspired her literary works, and formed her sometimes controversial views on race. Organized by the Florida Humanities Council in cooperation with the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community and Rollins College, the workshops are scheduled to occur in July 2017.

Charles E. King
Georgetown University (Washington, DC 20057-0001)

FZ-250287-16
Public Scholars
Research Programs

[Grant products][Media coverage][Prizes]

Totals:
$50,400 (approved)
$40,320 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2017 – 8/31/2018

The Humanity Lab: A Story of Race, Culture, and the Promise of an American Idea

A book on anthropologist Franz Boas (1848-1942) and the role of his jazz-age New York circle in developing the revolutionary view of social customs in "foreign" cultures that came to be known as cultural relativism. The project addresses the resulting transformation in popular attitudes about race, sexuality, and gender over the last century.

The Humanity Lab is a work of intellectual and social history centered on a small band of contrarian social scientists working in jazz-age New York. Led by pioneering anthropologist Franz Boas and including such critical figures as Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, this group pioneered a way of seeing the world that is only now coming into broad acceptance. Together, they were puzzling through the details of the theory they would come to call “cultural relativism.” The starting point was the idea that no social customs were advanced or retrograde, higher or lower. Each was, instead, a locally specific solution to some common human problem--an insight that stands alongside many of the great scientific advances of the 20th century. The project addresses the transformation in popular attitudes about race, sexuality, gender, and "foreign" customs over the last century and will result in a single-author book published by a commercial press and aimed at the serious general reader.

Florida Humanities Council (St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005)
Ann S. Schoenacher (Project Director: March 2012 to July 2015)

BH-50470-12
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

Totals:
$179,500 (approved)
$169,850 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 12/31/2014

Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and Her Eatonville Roots

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston.

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston. Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), renowned for both her fiction writing and her scholarly research as a collector of African-American folklore, spent much of her childhood in the small town of Eatonville, Florida, which was founded by freed slaves in 1886. During this workshop, participants explore Hurston's Eatonville roots, her folkloric and literary endeavors, her participation in the Harlem Renaissance, and her final years in Fort Pierce, Florida. Historian Julian Chambliss (Rollins College); literary scholars Houston A. Baker (Vanderbilt University), Jill Jones (Rollins College), and Maurice O'Sullivan (Rollins College); preservationist N.Y. Nathiri (Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community); Chautauqua interpreter Phyllis McEwen; and Hurston biographer Valerie Boyd (University of Georgia) join lead scholar Heather Russell (Florida International University) in this consideration of Hurston and her milieu. Participants take walking tours of Eatonville and Fort Pierce, examine Hurston documents at the Rollins College archive, view an exhibit on Hurston and Eatonville at the Maitland Art Center, explore her folklore writings collected on the Library of Congress's American Memory site, work on curriculum projects, and watch a theatrical presentation of songs and stories that the author collected in central Florida. Readings include, among other works and resources, Hurston's masterwork, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and other writings; Valerie Boyd, Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston; and Robert Hemenway, Zora Neale Hurston: A Literary Biography.

Liesl Marie Olson
Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3305)

FB-55474-11
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2011 – 12/31/2011

Chicago Makes Modernism

My book places Chicago at the center of a new modernist geography. Based upon archival research, my book focuses on writers, artists, institutions, and cultural advocates during the early twentieth century when Chicago was a center for the production of modernist art and literature. I examine key publications launched in Chicago like Harriet Monroe's POETRY magazine and Margaret Anderson's LITTLE REVIEW and I also take account of equally important yet overlooked figures, many of them women, who helped expose modernism to a wide public audience. These figures (among many) include Alice Roullier, a curator who coolly negotiated radical and challenging exhibits, and Fanny Butcher, the longtime literary editor of the Chicago Tribune. I consider why Chicago's "middlebrow" readers embraced the most experimental writers and artists of the era. I show how Chicago has always maximized connections between art and industry, becoming a city where lines of track merged to meet and make modernism.

Rollins College (Winter Park, FL 32789-4409)
Wenxian Zhang (Project Director: May 2009 to November 2010)

PG-50738-10
Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

[Media coverage]

Totals:
$5,745 (approved)
$5,745 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2010 – 6/30/2011

Rollins College Archives and Special Collections Preservation Assessment and Planning

An assessment of the environment and materials in the Department of Archives and Special Collections; the creation of a long-range preservation plan with established priorities; and the purchase of equipment and materials as well as professional development programs as recommended by the consultant. The collection includes rare books, manuscripts and autographs from the 17th century to the present; the Fred Rogers Collection (including Mister Rogers's trademark sweater and sneakers); collections of Florida authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Rex E. Beach; and the College archives.

Rollins College is requesting an NEH grant of $6,000 to support: 1) the contracting of a preservation consultant to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the conditions, policies, and practices of Rollins' Department of Archives and Special Collections; and 2) the development of a long range preservation plan based on the consultant's recommendations, for specific actions to ensure the preservation of the College's rare collections for the general public and generations of students, faculty, and other scholars.

Florida Humanities Council (St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005)
Ann S. Schoenacher (Project Director: March 2010 to April 2016)

BH-50367-10
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

Totals:
$179,745 (approved)
$174,566 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2010 – 12/31/2012

Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston & Her Eatonville Roots

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on African-American folklorist and author Zora Neale Hurston and her formative years in Eatonville, Florida.

The two weeklong workshops outlined in this proposal provide K-12 teachers with an interdisciplinary exploration of the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and the community that formed her identity and fueled her imagination - Eatonville, Florida. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, Eatonville is the oldest incorporated black town in the United States. During each workshop, participants will examine Hurston's accomplishments within the context of the historical and cultural development of Eatonville and grapple with compelling questions about how this unique black enclave fueled her appreciation of folk culture, inspired her literary works, created her racial and gender identity, and formed her sometimes controversial views on race. Organized by the Florida Humanities Council in cooperation with the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community and Rollins College, the workshops are scheduled to occur over two consecutive weeks in late June & early July 2011

Nebraska Humanities Council (Lincoln, NE 68508-1836)
Jane Renner Hood (Project Director: May 2010 to December 2010)
Christopher Sommerich (Project Director: December 2010 to July 2012)

BC-50559-10
Grants for State Humanities Councils
Federal/State Partnership

Totals:
$88,150 (approved)
$88,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2010 – 2/29/2012

We The People: Nebraska

To support an increased number of speakers for the Humanities Resource Center Speakers Bureau; the 2011 Chautauqua "Bright Dreams Hard Times: America in the Thirties," offering enchanced programming for young people; the planning and programming for the Nebraska tour of "Journey Stories" traveling exhibition; and the expansion of the Capitol Forum to high school students and teachers in small, far-western Nebraska communities.

The Nebraska Humanities Council requests a We The People grant of $88,150 to support four projects that are core programs within the NHC's strategic plan. The Humanities Resource Center speakers bureau will provide over 400 programs on U.S. and Great Plains history and culture across the state, reaching children and adults in communities of all sizes. The "Bright Dreams, Hard Times: America in the 1930s" Chautauqua will bring scholars portraying President Franklin Roosevelt, Louisiana Governor Huey Long, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, writer, Zora Neale Hurston, and humorist Will Rogers to a Nebraska community for four days of humanities programming. "Capitol Forum on America's Future" will offer over 1,000 high school students an opportunity to examine key issues facing the United States from the perspective of the humanities. Museum on Main Street will bring an American history exhibition directly to the citizens of six small, rural communities.

Appalachian State University (Boone, NC 28608-0001)
Megan Johnson (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50005-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers Project-Library Outreach Programs will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers Project."

Muncie Public Library (Muncie, IN 47302-4073)
Donna Browne (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50007-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Armstrong Atlantic State University (Savannah, GA 31419-1997)
Caroline Hopkinson (Project Director: July 2008 to February 2022)

LR-50008-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers Project will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, 'soul of a People: Voices from the Writers Project.

New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM 88003-8002)
Mardi Mahaffy (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50010-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project.

Allegheny College (Meadville, PA 16335-3903)
Linda G. Bills (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50011-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Highland Park Public Library (Highland Park, IL 60035-2623)
Maureen Liebenson (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50013-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Holyoke Community College (Holyoke, MA 01040-1099)
Camile Close (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50014-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

The Holyoke Community College (HCC) Library, in partnership with the Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke History Room of the Holyoke Public Library, and Forbes Library of Northampton, will host a series of events to celebrate the Writers' Project of the WPA. In addition to screening the documentary and hosting several scholarly events, Lucy Anne Hurston, niece of Zora Neale Hurston, will lead a discussion of the author's works during the Writers Project. HCC is located in the industrial mill city of Holyoke, Massachusetts, once known as the "Paper City of the World."

Arkansas State University, Main Campus (Jonesboro, AR 72403-0600)
April Sheppard (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50015-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Middlesex Community College (Middletown, CT 06457-4829)
Alma Zyko (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50017-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Linebaugh Public Library (Murfreesboro, TN 37130-3573)
Jerianne Thompson (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50018-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project.

Verona Public Library (Verona, WI 53593)
Trudy Kay Lorandos (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50019-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films, and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Nova Southeastern University (Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314-7721)
Nora J. Quinlan (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50020-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 5/31/2010

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Wadsworth Public Library (Wadsworth, OH 44281-1897)
Sandy Harlan (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50021-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Lincoln County Public Libraries (Libby, MT 59923-1855)
Samantha Pierson (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50023-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Friends of the Saint Paul Library (St. Paul, MN 55116-2694)
Alayne Lauren Hopkins (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50025-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important writers such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussions of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Shawnee State University (Portsmouth, OH 45662-4344)
Constance Elizabeth Stoner (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50026-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers Project will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, 'soul of a People: Voices from the Writers Project.

Fairfax County Public Library (Fairfax, VA 22030)
Suzanne Levy (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50027-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN 56301-4442)
J.C. Turner (Project Director: July 2008 to September 2009)
Holly S. Santiago (Project Director: September 2009 to present)

LR-50028-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Wichita State University (Wichita, KS 67260-9700)
Nancy L. Myers (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50031-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

East Meadow Public Library (East Meadow, NY 11554-1700)
Judith Ann Schanzer (Project Director: July 2008 to April 2022)

LR-50033-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Libraries Public (Kansas City, MO 64105-1702)
Henry Fortunato (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50034-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project.

City of San Jose (San Jose, CA 95112-3580)
Caroline Peters (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50037-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media televison documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Baldwin Public Library (Birmingham, MI 48009-1483)
Sarah Neidert (Project Director: July 2008 to January 2009)
Lois P. Griffin (Project Director: January 2009 to present)

LR-50038-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a people: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Chicago State University (Chicago, IL 60628-1501)
Alan Stein (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50039-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People:Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Florida Humanities Council (St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005)
Ann S. Schoenacher (Project Director: March 2009 to April 2016)

BH-50302-09
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

Totals:
$159,430 (approved)
$155,704 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2009 – 12/31/2010

Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston & Her Eatonville Roots

Two one-week Landmarks workshops for eighty school teachers on African-American folklorist and author Zora Neale Hurston and her formative years in Eatonville, Florida.

The two weeklong workshops outlined in this proposal provide K-12 teachers with an interdisciplinary exploration of the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and the community that formed her identity and fueled her imagination - Eatonville, Florida. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, Eatonville is the oldest incorporated black town in the United States. During each workshop, participants will examine Hurston's accomplishments within the context of the historical and cultural development of Eatonville and grapple with compelling questions about how this unique black enclave fueled her appreciation of folk culture, inspired her literary works, created her racial and gender identity, and formed her sometimes controversial views on race. Organized by the Florida Humanities Council in cooperation with the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community and Rollins College, the workshops are scheduled to occur over two consecutive weeks from June 13-26, 2010.

Nebraska Humanities Council (Lincoln, NE 68508-1836)
Jane Renner Hood (Project Director: May 2009 to December 2010)
Christopher Sommerich (Project Director: December 2010 to June 2011)

BC-50505-09
Grants for State Humanities Councils
Federal/State Partnership

Totals (outright + matching):
$88,150 (approved)
$88,150 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2009 – 2/28/2011

We The People: Nebraska

Funding will support three core programs: the "Bright Dreams Hard Times: America in the 1930s"-the era of the Depression and the Dust Bowl-Chautauqua productions in North Platte and Scottsbluff, "Capitol Forum" which will engage over 1,000 students in examining key issues facing the United States, and the Humanities Resource Center speakers who will present over 400 programs across the state.

The Nebraska Humanities Council requests a We The People grant of $88,150 to support three projects that are core programs within the NHC's strategic plan. The "Bright Dreams Hard Times: America in the 1930s" Chautauqua will bring scholars portraying President Franklin Roosevelt, Louisiana Governor Huey Long, evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, writer Zora Neale Hurston, and humorist Will Rogers to North Platte and Scottsbluff. "Capitol Forum on America's Future" will offer over 1,000 high school students an opportunity to examine key issues facing the United States from the perspectives of the humanities. The Humanities Resource Center speakers on U.S. and Great Plains history and culture will present over 400 programs across the state affording children and adults, however remote and rural their towns may be, an opportunity to benefit from humanities scholars in their communities.

Witherle Memorial Library (Castine, ME 04421-0202)
Anne Nicole Berleant (Project Director: July 2008 to present)

LR-50040-09
Small Grants to Libraries: Soul of a People
Public Programs

Totals:
$2,500 (approved)
$2,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2009 – 12/31/2009

Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project - Library Outreach Programs

"Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project" will assist libraries in presenting public humanities programs that explore the works of the Works Progress Administration Writers' Project, such as the American Guide series of state and regional travel and culture guides, regional cultural studies, oral history, films and photographs, and the works of important authors such as Zora Neale Hurston and Saul Bellow, who got their start in the Writers' Project. Libraries will present five programs representing the broad scope of the Writers' Project and encourage scholar-led discussion of major project themes. Library programs will take place in Spring 2009 to complement the national broadcast of a major Spark Media television documentary, "Soul of a People: Voices from the Writers' Project."

Florida Humanities Council (St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005)
Ann S. Schoenacher (Project Director: March 2008 to June 2010)

BH-50297-08
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

Totals:
$167,465 (approved)
$159,465 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2008 – 12/31/2009

Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and her Eastonville Roots

The two week-long seminars outlined in this proposal provide K-12 teachers with an interdisciplinary exploration of the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and the community that formed her identity and fueled her imagination - Eatonville, Florida. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, Eatonville is the oldest incorporated black town in the United States. During each seminar week, participants will examine Hurston’s accomplishments within the context of the historical and cultural development of Eatonville and grapple with compelling questions about how this unique black enclave fueled her appreciation of folk culture, inspired her literary works, created her racial and gender identity, and formed her sometimes controversial views on race. Organized by the Florida Humanities Council in cooperation with the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community and Rollins College, the seminars are scheduled to occur over two consecutive weeks from June 14-27, 2009.

Maine Humanities Council (Portland, ME 04102-1012)
Victoria B. Bonebakker (Project Director: May 2008 to March 2011)

BC-50438-08
Grants for State Humanities Councils
Federal/State Partnership

Totals (outright + matching):
$84,110 (approved)
$84,110 (awarded)

Grant period:
11/1/2008 – 4/30/2010

Famous and Not So Famous Americans

Humanities projects including public conferences on Abraham Lincoln and Zora Neale Hurston, a new reading and discussion series, "Invisible New England," and history camps for high school students.

Famous and Not So Famous Americans will offer a variety of programs for all kinds of audiences to explore the range of people who have made up the fabric of our country, including Abraham Lincoln and Zora Neale Hurston, "invisible" New Englanders (early 20th century Italian stone workers in Vermont and elite African Americans in Boston, e.g.), Native Americans, and Mainers Admiral Robert Peary and Senator Margaret Chase Smith.

Florida Humanities Council (St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005)
Ann S. Schoenacher (Project Director: March 2007 to June 2009)

BH-50231-07
Landmarks of American History and Culture
Education Programs

Totals:
$189,435 (approved)
$189,435 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2007 – 9/30/2008

Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and Her Eatonville Roots

Three one-week workshops for 120 school teachers to explore Zora Neale Hurston's life and work in the context of her hometown, Eatonville, Florida

The three weeklong seminars outlined in this proposal provide K-12 teachers with an interdisciplinary exploration of the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and the community that formed her identity and fueled her imagination - Eatonville, Florida. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998, Eatonville is the oldest incorporated black town in the country. During each seminar week, participants will examine Hurston?s accomplishments within the context of the historical and cultural development of Eatonville and grapple with compelling questions about how this unique black enclave fueled her appreciation of folk culture, inspired her literary works, created her racial and gender identity, and formed her sometimes controversial views on race. Organized by the Florida Humanities Council in cooperation with the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community and Rollins College, the seminars are scheduled to occur over three consecutive weeks from June 15 to July 5, 2008.

Nebraska Humanities Council (Lincoln, NE 68508-1836)
Jane Renner Hood (Project Director: May 2007 to May 2009)

BC-50373-07
Grants for State Humanities Councils
Federal/State Partnership

Totals (outright + matching):
$75,250 (approved)
$75,250 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 12/31/2008

"We The People--Nebraska"

In partnership with the Kansas Humanities Council and the state Library Commission, Center for the Book, and Department of Education: creation of a new Chautauqua, materials from the Resource Collection made available to schools at a reduced fee, and the distribution of the "Between Fences" exhibit to six communities as well as the state capitol.

NHC will work with the Kansas Humanities Council to produce a new Chautauqua, "Bright Dreams, Hard Times," with scholars portraying FDR, Huey Long, Aimee Semple McPherson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Will Rogers; collaborate with the Smithsonian to bring "Between Fences" to six communities; cooperate with the NE. Library Commission and the NE. Center for the Book to sponsor the 2007 Nebraska Book Festival; and present speakers from the Humanities Resource Center and distribute a new HRC catalog.

Newberry Library (Chicago, IL 60610-3305)
James R. Grossman (Project Director: September 2006 to November 2011)
Daniel Greene (Project Director: November 2011 to March 2011)

RA-50050-07
Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions
Research Programs

[Grant products][Prizes]

Totals:
$252,000 (approved)
$252,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2007 – 8/31/2010

NEH Fellowships at the Newberry Library

Three fellowships a year for two years.

This proposal requests funding for three years of publicity and three years of fellowships to continue a highly successful program of residential humanities fellowships at the Newberry Library. Over three decades, this program has generated a rich and documented harvest of humanities scholarship while serving as a catalyst for the creation of a dynamic intellectual community within this research institution. The proposal details the achievements and impact of the program and outlines the library's procedures for publicity, selection, and orientation of fellows.

Florida Humanities Council (St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5005)
Janine Farver (Project Director: May 2004 to August 2004)
Ann S. Schoenacher (Project Director: August 2004 to September 2008)

BC-50215-04
Grants for State Humanities Councils
Federal/State Partnership

Totals (outright + matching):
$129,940 (approved)
$129,940 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2004 – 12/31/2006

Harlem Renaissance in Florida

Teacher institutes, Chautauqua public programming, and an issue of FORUM magazine on the topic of the Harlem Renaissance and its impact on Florida, American, and African-American culture.

The seminars, programs and publication in this proposal explore the historic significance and cultural contributions of the writers, artists and musicians of the Harlem Renaissance, in particular, Florida's Zora Neale Hurston, James Weldon Johnson and Augusta Savage. These programs and the publication will be designed to provide teachers and the general public with the opportunity to examine and analyze the movement's multidisciplinary work, its historical context and significance, and its impact on Florida culture, American culture and African-American culture.

IMAGE Film/Video Center (Atlanta, GA 30318-5729)
Kristy Marie Andersen (Project Director: February 1999 to June 2003)

GN-25761-99
Humanities Projects in Media
Public Programs

Totals:
$226,155 (approved)
$226,155 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/1999 – 1/31/2002

BlackSouth: The Life Journey of Zora Neale Hurston

Production of a 90-minute or 2-hour television documentary film exploring the life and work of writer Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960).