On December 12, 2018, the National Endowment for the Humanities released $14.8 million in grants—253 awards to 208 institutions located around the nation.
Among these were grants that will continue to support excellent NEH-funded work:
- The Seneca Nation of Indians in Salamanca, New York received a second Common Heritage grant, which will allow the tribe to continue digitizing cultural heritage materials and oral histories at annual events like the Grand River and Akwesasne powwows and the New York State Fair.
- The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, will use a Preservation Assistance Grant to assess the storage space for its collections, which include 30,000 artifacts documenting the history of tennis and the Newport Casino.
- Clio, a public history mapping app created by David Trowbridge at Marshall University, will gain a new user interface and four mobile tours featuring West Virginia’s history.
- Historic Hudson Valley in Pocantico Hills, New York, will continue its groundbreaking work bringing the history of slavery in the north to the public through a digital graphic novel that will document the 1741 New York Conspiracy and the trial of Cuffee, an enslaved man who was accused of plotting it.
- The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation will continue to administer the Alliance for Response (AFR). AFR builds networks of heritage and emergency response professionals, effectively preparing cultural institutions to protect their collections in the face of natural and manmade disasters. The new grant will allow for the establishment of a new network in Oklahoma, training for a regional response team in Georgia, and ongoing support for the existing 27 networks.
The NEH is also continuing its commitment to preserving our cultural heritage through six Preservation Education and Training grants. Funding for the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, New York University, and the Rochester Institute of Technology will support education and training for heritage professionals located throughout the United States, many in undersupported regions.
In addition, the agency is supporting institutions that are recovering from wildfires and hurricanes through awards to the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California; the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico; the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; and Victoria County Junior College in Victoria, Texas.
And in this grant release, 33 institutions are receiving NEH grants for the very first time. These grants will support public programs in conjunction with NEH on the Road, the development of digital products for the public and the advancement of digital humanities, the preservation of local collections, community preservation events, and humanities initiatives at tribal colleges and universities and Hispanic-serving institutions.
Thumbnail image: At Historic Hudson Valley, a music and dance group leads a crowd in celebration of Pinkser, a holiday celebrated by African and Dutch communities in eighteenth-century NewYork. Image courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley.