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Grant program: Historic Places: Planning
Date range: 2019-2022

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BP-264596-19Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningLancaster County Historical SocietyThe Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Historic Site4/1/2019 - 9/30/2020$75,000.00ThomasRobertRyan   Lancaster County Historical SocietyLancasterPA17603-3125USA2019U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Development of a site interpretive plan exploring the impact of Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith on the Underground Railroad in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and the Reconstruction Amendments.

To celebrate the significant contributions of Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, LancasterHistory.org (formerly known as the Lancaster County Historical Society) will undertake a project to restore the home and law office of Congressman Stevens as well as to create an adjacent interpretive museum that will celebrate the legacy of Lydia Hamilton Smith, confidante to Mr. Stevens, and tell the extensive story of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster County. The overall site will situate Mr. Stevens' political and personal contributions, including his dedication to the causes of emancipation, education, and civil rights, within the broader context of 19th-century America and the unique situation of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. A planning grant will provide resources for us to carefully construct an interpretive plan that will share the legacy of Mr. Stevens with the world while engaging citizens of and visitors to Lancaster in meaningful dialogue about issues of civil rights and civic literacy.

BP-264708-19Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningFriends of Peralta Hacienda Historical ParkOrigins of Oakland: Land, Labor, Home, and Native Presence4/1/2019 - 9/30/2021$40,000.00HollyL.Alonso   Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical ParkOaklandCA94601-0172USA2019American StudiesHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

Planning the interpretation of the archaeological remains of the original structures at Peralta Hacienda to uncover the story of Native American influence on site.

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, six-acre open space and humanities hub in a Latinx and Native community in Oakland, California, winner of the 2017 National Museum Medal, was once the headquarters of the 45,000-acre Spanish/Mexican era rancho that covered the land of seven modern cities including all of Oakland and Berkeley. The project requests funds to plan experiential programs and multi-sensory exhibits to reveal and interpret the site's oldest features: the footprint of land grant family's 1821 adobe house, which Native Americans built and lived in first; a rich archaeological deposit in the adjacent adobe-making pit; and an underground well from the rancho. The project will recover the Native American story of the site and the community, offer understanding of a new labor system akin to slavery that transformed the landscape, and delve into the nature of 'home' and the process that forms history from the archives.

BP-266365-19Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningAmherst CollegeEmily Dickinson Museum Comprehensive Interpretive Planning9/1/2019 - 8/31/2021$63,025.00BrookeM.Steinhauser   Amherst CollegeAmherstMA01002-2372USA2019American LiteratureHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs630250630250

Planning for a new interpretive plan and public programs at the home of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–86).

The Emily Dickinson Museum (EDM) seeks funding of $63,025 through the NEH public humanities projects grant for historic places at the planning level. Having achieved major master plan goals in its 15-year history, the EDM is now focused on uniting its historic spaces, collections, and narratives to serve a growing contemporary audience. A new mission, completed infrastructure work, and past and impending restoration all highlight the stark need for an interpretive plan. The planning process will incorporate current scholarship to revise the EDM interpretation goals, themes, and methods. This grant will result in a written plan that considers multiple approaches and methods and takes an inclusive approach to audience engagement.

BP-269670-20Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningCarpenters Historic HallPlanning a New Exhibition for Carpenters’ Hall6/1/2020 - 4/30/2022$40,000.00MichaelL.Norris   Carpenters Historic HallPhiladelphiaPA19106-2708USA2020U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

Planning of a new permanent exhibition for Carpenter’s Hall, the site at which the First Continental Congress met.

In advance of the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia’s 300th anniversary and the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress, both of which will occur in 2024, the Company is planning a new core exhibition in its headquarters, Carpenters’ Hall. This project seeks to update the interpretation of the events that occured in the Hall by prioritizing an inclusive social history that draws on recent scholarship and appeals to a broad audience. This grant will help the Company refine the themes and content of the new exhibition through testing and consultation; determine the best use of the physical space; and develop interactive and immersive strategies for interpretation.

BP-269699-20Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningMonticelloNew Interpretative Plan for Monticello6/1/2020 - 5/31/2021$75,000.00Linnea Grim   MonticelloCharlottesvilleVA22902-0316USA2020Public HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Planning a new exhibition and three new tours exploring the lasting impact of the Declaration of Independence and its founding principles of freedom and equality.

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF), which owns and operates Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation home and UNESCO World Heritage Site, seeks a $75,000 Historic Places Planning Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the development of a new, innovative interpretative plan for the visitor experience at Monticello - centered on the themes of freedom and equality enshrined in the Declaration of Independence - to mark the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.

BP-271466-20Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningClinton Church Restoration, Inc.Interpretive Exhibit Design for a New African American Visitor and Cultural Center at the Historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington, MA9/1/2020 - 12/31/2023$40,000.00David Glassberg   Clinton Church Restoration, Inc.Great BarringtonMA01230-6075USA2020African American HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

Development of an exhibition and interpretive center focused on the role of Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church and the African American experience in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, as well as the impact of the Clinton Church on W.E.B. Du Bois.

Clinton Church Restoration (CCR) is requesting a Public Humanities Projects Planning Grant in the Historic Places category to design interpretive exhibits for an African American heritage site and cultural center. The project is part of CCR’s initiative to preserve, restore, and adaptively reuse the historic Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington, a town in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts that was the hometown of civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois.

BP-271514-20Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningRetreat Farm, Ltd.The Retreat Farm Story Paths and Landscape Learning Center9/1/2020 - 4/30/2023$40,000.00Alicia Bono   Retreat Farm, Ltd.BrattleboroVT05301-4801USA2020U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

Development of five walking path tours and an educational visitor center to interpret the historical relationship between people and the environment in Vermont.

The Retreat Farm, in Brattleboro, Vermont, is developing a new outdoor museum employing a humanities approach to connect, teach and enrich public understanding of Vermont’s iconic landscape as a microcosm of our human place on the earth. Five thematic walking paths will tell stories of landscape change on this ground over time, while a culminating landscape learning center extracts the lessons of environmental degradation and redemption. This historic and strategic site is exceptionally rich in stories of indigenous peoples, international warfare, New England settlement, natural healing, and agricultural history. Our plan is to use the power of the humanities to instill a deeper understanding of the worlds we build around us.

BP-278273-21Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningCalifornia State UniversityUpdating the Amache Interpretation Plan: Reframing Interpretation at a WWII Japanese Incarceration Site5/1/2021 - 12/31/2024$40,000.00Thomas Whitley   California State UniversityRohnert ParkCA94928-3609USA2021U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

Development of a master interpretive plan for exhibitions, site interpretation, and public programs for the Granada Relocation Center National Historic Landmark, known as Amache, and the Amache Museum.

This Historic Places project requests Planning grant funding from the National Endowment of the Humanities in the amount of $40,000 in order to revise and update the Amache Interpretation Master Plan. An updated interpretive plan will more fully integrate the needs, perspectives, and voices of a stakeholder community that has substantially grown in the last decade and consider the new and continued ways in which this community interacts with the site. New advancements in technology and the opportunities they present now and for the future will also be updated. In addition, the interpretive themes that provided the thematic structure of the 2007 Plan need to be contextualized in today’s reality, reframed to address the relevancy, urgency, and necessity of sharing the lessons that Japanese incarceration can offer to the social and political climate of today.

BP-278283-21Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningDivision Of State LibraryThe Power of Place: Interpreting a Freedom House5/1/2021 - 2/28/2023$74,415.00Michelle Lanier   Division Of State LibraryEdentonNC27932-1903USA2021African American HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs74415070950.410

Planning for a historical interpretation of the home of civil rights activist Golden Frinks (1920–2004) in Edenton, North Carolina.

The Edenton State Historic Site, part of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, seeks a $74,415.00 Public Humanities planning grant to develop a thorough approach for a successful interpretive project that discusses the Civil Rights Movement at the home of activist Golden Frinks (1920-2004) in Edenton, North Carolina. The resulting exhibition plan will have multiple layers of diverse audiences, careful and respectful attention to detail, and using a variety of exhibition formats blended with a traditional furnishing plan featuring artifacts, images, and documents from Frinks’ life and work. We are planning to host several community listening sessions to seek input and information from veterans of the Civil Rights Movement as well as the resident community to create a plan to interpret the house in the most sensitive, forthright, and honest way possible. Project work will include consultation with an exhibit design firm and staff training.

BP-278361-21Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningEsperanza Peace and Justice CenterHistorias del Westside: Museo del Westside Inaugural Exhibition5/1/2021 - 10/31/2022$75,000.00Mia Kang   Esperanza Peace and Justice CenterSan AntonioTX78212-4642USA2021Latino HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Planning a permanent exhibition for the Museo del Westside and tours of the eleven-building complex comprising the Mexican-American historic district on San Antonio’s Westside.

The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center seeks $75,000 in Historic Places funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support planning Historias del Westside, the inaugural exhibition and walking tour at the Museo del Westside. This exhibition will interpret and serve as the formal launch of the Rinconcito de Esperanza, an eleven-building historic complex on San Antonio’s Westside. Housed in the historic Ruben’s Ice House building, the Museo del Westside will be the first museum to focus on the rich Mexican-American history of the Westside neighborhood.

BP-280527-21Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningOld North ChurchBringing Old North to the 21st Century: Historic Places Planning Grant9/1/2021 - 8/31/2022$75,000.00Catherine Matthews   Old North ChurchBostonMA02113-1123USA2021U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

A planning grant to reinterpret the colonial Old North Church in Boston and its congregation’s ties to slavery from the American Revolution to the Civil War.

Old North Church & Historic Site requests a Historic Places planning grant in the amount of $75,000 to support 1) a campus-wide interpretive plan that traces the theme of active citizenship from the church’s founding in 1723 to present day, including the seminal story of Paul Revere as well as other examples of civic engagement; 2) a second thematic component of the interpretive plan will include exploration of the paradoxical truth of Old North’s complicated history with slavery; and 3) as part of the plan, the design of an outdoor exhibit that weaves together these themes through a critical examination of Longfellow’s “Paul Revere’s Ride,” a poem and story that is familiar to many of our guests.

BP-285306-22Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningHistory ColoradoPlanning the Interpretation of the Fort Garland Museum5/1/2022 - 4/30/2024$40,000.00Eric Carpio   History ColoradoDenverCO80203-2109USA2022U.S. HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs400000400000

Planning for the reinterpretation of an 1850s U.S. Army fort in south-central Colorado.

History Colorado seeks funding for a Historic Places Planning Grant to fund a revised interpretive plan for the Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, located in the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado. The interpretation will navigate the rich history of the region and explore the humanities themes of 1) environment has a cultural impact, 2) borderlands define and impact political and social history, 3) cultures influence the traditions of the region and have created layers of identity, and 4) engagement, activism, and community memory help to define the resilience of the borderlands.

BP-285313-22Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningOver-the-Rhine MuseumOver-the-Rhine Museum Interpretive Plan5/1/2022 - 10/31/2023$75,000.00RobertR.Gioielli   Over-the-Rhine MuseumCincinnatiOH45250-0026USA2022Urban HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

The creation of a ten-year interpretive plan for the Over-the-Rhine Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Over-the-Rhine Museum seeks $75,000 in Historic Places planning funds to conduct research and convene a panel of humanities experts to create an ambitious ten-year interpretive plan. We will bring ten scholars to Cincinnati for two planning workshops and support them as they research and write portions of the interpretive plan based on their expertise. The plan will help bring our vacant tenement building to life as a hub for urban history and civic engagement based on our mission. The Over-the-Rhine Museum is a six-year-old nonprofit dedicated to uncovering, preserving, and celebrating all the stories of our rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. We have recently purchased a nineteenth-century tenement building in Cincinnati’s historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood and plan to use tenement apartments to immerse visitors in specific moments in the history of the building and the neighborhood as a way to connect local and personal histories to the larger themes of American History.

BP-285354-22Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningDorothea Dix Park ConservancyDorothea Dix Park Conservancy Historic Places Planning Grant5/1/2022 - 3/31/2024$75,000.00Nick Smith   Dorothea Dix Park ConservancyRaleighNC27611-8575USA2022Cultural HistoryHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs750000750000

Creation of a site-wide cultural interpretive plan for Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park.

Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy in Raleigh, N.C., seeks an NEH Historical Places planning grant to create a site-wide cultural interpretive plan to bring new meaning and reconciliation through humanities activities to those experiencing the park with its complex past. Dix Park, the former 308-acre Dorothea Dix Hospital campus for the mentally ill, was purchased in July 2015 by the City of Raleigh from the State of N.C. with the intent of creating a great urban destination park within view of the downtown core. Dix Park has a sensitive, layered history on this piece of land, and we are intentionally learning, acknowledging, and working to apply its history to our present and future. In collaboration with our scholar advisors and community resources, we will explore how the themes of human mental illness and human struggle and perseverance support a foundation for understanding the uses of the land, existing buildings, and local history that reflects broader themes in U.S. history.

BP-287734-22Public Programs: Historic Places: PlanningHistoric Cherry HillWe Carry It Within Us: Reinterpretation at Historic Cherry Hill9/1/2022 - 12/31/2023$48,164.77Shawna Reilly   Historic Cherry HillAlbanyNY12202-1111USA2022History, GeneralHistoric Places: PlanningPublic Programs48164.770481640

Planning for a tour and orientation exhibit that incorporates new research and scholarship on Cherry Hill, a historic home in Albany, New York.

In 2020-2021, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Historic Cherry Hill initiated an interpretive planning process that culminated in the Design Concept for a new visitor experience. The proposed project, We Carry It Within Us: Reinterpretation at Historic Cherry Hill, will build on this work—and on a body of scholarly and audience research performed over 2020-2021—to complete the final planning phases of Schematic Design and Design Development. The new tour and orientation exhibition will be dialogic, immersive, and inclusive, sharing the complex stories of the diverse members of the Cherry Hill household and exploring themes, such as race, privilege, wealth, inequality, and social justice, themes identified in focus groups to be important to our target audiences: heritage tourists, millennials and residents of our immediate community.