Thursday, December 22, 2016

Reading for Winter Break/Funding Opportunities for Cultural Institutions

I've mentioned before how much I enjoy Glenn Wiebe's blog, History Tech. I especially appreciate his reports from national conferences. I've never had the opportunity to attend NCSS, for example--and I bet that's true for most of you, too. But you can travel along with Glenn, who gives great summaries of sessions, plus links to more information. It's genuinely reinvigorating.--just like conferences are supposed to be.

If you teach geography, world cultures, or history, I encourage you to schedule a quick trip over winter break as an armchair traveler by finding time to read Glenn's reports from NCSS--or, as he calls it, History Nerdfest 2016. You'll be glad you did.

On an entirely different note: I just learned about two grant opportunities for cultural institutions. If you have connections, please pass these along to your local library and/or museum.

  • World War I in America: "Beginning Fall 2016, stipends of $1200–$1800 are available to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums and historical societies, and nonprofit community organizations for public programming exploring the First World War and its resonances today. Presented by Library of America with support from the NEH, World War I and America is a two-year initiative that aims to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand."
  • Creating Humanities Communities:  "The goal of these grants is to make connections between organizations that will foster community cohesion on a local or regional level. Applicants may define community in a variety of ways (by focusing, for example, on a place such as a village or town, or on a common interest or a common theme), and the programs that the cooperating institutions carry out together must aim to enhance the importance of the humanities in people’s lives." And NEH is especially looking for applications from Montana, from rural areas, and that include Native American organizations and communities as lead applicants and project partners. 

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