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Organization name: Willa Cather Foundation

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CH-20821-01Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsWilla Cather SocietyCultural and Education Center Endowment.12/1/1998 - 7/31/2006$275,000.00BettyJ.Kort   Willa Cather SocietyRed CloudNE68970-2466USA2001Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs02750000275000

Endowment for the program director, a part-time archivist, building maintenance, and programming at the Willa Cather Pioneer Memorial Culture and Education Center.

ER-20334-89Education Programs: NEH Teacher-Scholar ProgramBetty J. KortLiterature, History and Culture of the Western Plains States9/1/1989 - 6/30/1990$28,500.00BettyJ.Kort   Willa Cather SocietyRed CloudNE68970-2466USA1989American StudiesNEH Teacher-Scholar ProgramEducation Programs285000168090

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GA-274757-20Public Programs: Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Willa Cather SocietyWilla Cather Foundation CARES: Virtual Program Delivery and Phased Re-Opening6/15/2020 - 12/31/2020$134,060.00Tracy Tucker   Willa Cather SocietyRed CloudNE68970-2466USA2020American StudiesCooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)Public Programs13406001340600

The retention of five staff positions to create new online virtual tours, increase digital accessibility to collections, and erect new outdoor interpretation spaces.

This project enables the National Willa Cather Center to prepare for a phased re-opening and to adapt program delivery through virtual tours, self-guided audio tours, and online exhibits of collection materials.

MR-50173-13Public Programs: NEH on the RoadWilla Cather SocietyNEH on the Road: Our Lives, Our Stories6/1/2013 - 9/30/2013$1,000.00LeslieC.Levy   Willa Cather SocietyRed CloudNE68970-2466USA2013Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralNEH on the RoadPublic Programs1000010000

The Willa Cather Foundation respectfully requests a grant of $1,000 to help support the cost of public humanities programming when it hosts the _Our Lives, Our Stories: America's Greatest Generation_ Exhibit. We plan to explore how author Willa Cather used the greatest generation in her work and how she viewed events of that era. We also hope to explore the significant role that Nebraskans played in WWII and how the culture of that era is different from our culture today. We hope that younger generations will learn about the sacrifice and dedication that millions of Americans made in the past and how that relates to the freedom that they enjoy today. In combination with the exhibit, we will show documentaries and movies with a facilitated discussion after. We will host a music event featuring "big band" era music and have a humanities scholar give a per-performance talk on the importance of music and popular culture during the era of the greatest generation.

PG-293529-23Preservation and Access: Preservation Assistance GrantsWilla Cather SocietyPurchase of archival storage10/1/2023 - 2/28/2025$10,000.00Tracy Tucker   Willa Cather SocietyRed CloudNE68970-2466USA2023American StudiesPreservation Assistance GrantsPreservation and Access100000100000

The purchase of a high-density art rack storage system and mobile ladder for storing archival and artifact collections documenting the life and work of author Willa Cather (1873–1947).

In 2019, our organization was thrilled to take in nearly 8000 records and objects, made up of the earliest Cather and Red Cloud collections, from our state historical society. This gift of priceless material has created a need to maximize all available storage, improve work areas and tools, and purchase additional art storage. In 2021, we completed a Collections Assessment Program (CAP) through American Institute for Conservation and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation; the collections consultant for the CAP stated a need to "improve storage furniture in Archives room" and "seek funding for rehousing materials ... according to material type." Funding from this program would go toward addressing these needs.

ZPP-283827-22Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Public-related)Willa Cather SocietyWilla Cather Foundation Humanities Programs 202110/1/2021 - 9/30/2022$50,000.00Tracy Tucker   Willa Cather SocietyRed CloudNE68970-2466USA2021Literature, GeneralARP-Organizations (Public-related)Agency-wide Projects500000500000

The development of tours and an online gallery of materials related to the life and work of Willa Cather.

The primary purpose of this project is to partially fund the retention of humanities staff for the purpose of delivering public programming in 2021-22. With many prospective visitors remaining reluctant to travel outside of their region, the Foundation must find alternative ways to replace earned revenue it would typically receive while offering new and interesting historic site tours, collections engagement opportunities, and other programs and exhibits that meet its mission and serve its constituency.