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UVA and Thomas Jefferson Foundation Receive National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

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National Humanities Alliance Press Release:

WASHINGTON D.C. — Today, the National Humanities Alliance congratulated seven programs in Virginia that will be receiving grant awards totaling $647,399 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support their work.

The seven separate awards include:

  • A Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for $325,000 to the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc. in Charlottesville for to make major infrastructure improvements to the multi-institutional Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery;
  • A Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for $72,542 to the University of Virginia in Charlottesville for the development of a working prototype for an open-access, curated, and classroom-sourced digital anthology of British and American literature in English (1650-1800);
  • A Digital Humanities Advancement Grant for $39,076 to George Mason University in Fairfax to increase the number of humanities scholars in the United States using a system for reliably identifying humanities research publications;
  • A Humanities Access Grant for $100,000 to James Madison University to support the Reading Road Show – Gus Bus N.E.E.D. Initiative and the expansion of an existing literacy program to accommodate an additional 100 elementary school children in Harrisonburg, Virginia;
  • A Preservation Assistance Grant of $4,381 to the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News to support the rehousing of 690 historic films related to United States maritime history dating from the 1920s, and the collection documents developments in the manufacture of commercial and military vessels;
  • A Preservation Assistance Grant to the Valentine Museum in Richmond for $6,000 to begin assessing areas of the museum targeted for renovation and to provide recommendations for inclusion in the renovation design plan; and
  • A grant for $50,400 to support fellowships at the College of William and Mary Williamsburg to complete a book-length study on the folklore of French and Creole Louisiana and its adaptations in France, Africa, and francophone Atlantic traditions.

“These grants are prime examples of the NEH’s worthy investments across the country that ignite sparks to further excellence in education and research, protect cultural heritage, promote lifelong learning opportunities, and strengthen local economies,” said Stephen Kidd, Executive Director of the National Humanities Alliance. “Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have affirmed the value of these grants to community life and of the NEH to national life over the past year.”

Earlier this year, Members of Congress had the opportunity to see one of Virginia’s exemplary humanities projects up close when representatives from the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership joined Broadway star and humanities advocate Lin-Manuel Miranda on Capitol Hill to showcase their work.

At the event, Bill Sellers, the executive director of Hallowed Ground, and Zachary Gargan, a middle school teacher in Loudoun County Public Schools, shared a moving video on Civil War history that middle school students had created as part of a Hallowed Ground school program.

Representative Barbara Comstock (R-VA), who represents Loudoun County, introduced Mr. Sellers and Mr. Gargan and used the opportunity to attest to the value of the humanities to our nation’s civic culture.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is a nonprofit that invites people to explore American history in the region running from Gettysburg, Pa., through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville.

The seven new Virginia grants are part of the $12.8 million in awards the NEH announced this month to support 253 humanities projects across the nation.

The National Humanities Alliance is a coalition of organizations dedicated to advancing humanities education, research, preservation, and public programs. We are the only organization that brings together the U.S. humanities community as a whole.