June 30, 2010 – On June 10, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $20 million in grant awards and offers for 120 humanities projects in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The funding supports a wide variety of projects, including traveling exhibitions, collaborative research, scholarly editions, advanced scholarly training in digital humanities, digitization of historic newspapers, programming offered by state humanities councils, and preservation of cultural heritage collections.
Among the grants awarded this cycle are those that will advance the excavation and analysis of archeological remains of 18th-century slave communities in the Virginia Piedmont, allow for the digitization of 100,000 pages of Hawaiian newspapers dating from 1836, and support the preparation of an illustrated scholarly digital edition of the papers of Buffalo Bill Cody. Other grants will aid the development of environmental controls to protect the Folger Shakespeare Library’s valuable collection of Shakespeare and early modern European history materials, and enable scholars to collaborate on an English-language translation of a 2,000-year-old Chinese dictionary.
“Underlying the NEH grants announced today is our belief that democracy demands wisdom,” said NEH Chairman Jim Leach in an NEH press release. “From state Chautauquas and book fairs to collaborations between major international research centers, scholars are encouraged to help nurture an informed citizenry with perspectives offered by history, literature, and philosophy.”
Additional information about the awards and offers is available on the NEH website.