Federal/State Partnership: Grants for State Humanities Councils

Period of Performance

9/1/2009 - 2/28/2011

Funding Totals (outright + matching)

$88,150.00 (approved)
$88,150.00 (awarded)

We The People: Nebraska

FAIN: BC-50505-09

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)

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.