Kansas Humanities Council

The Kansas Humanities Council connects communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Since 1972, KHC has been a partner and advocate for the cultural life of the state.

Democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens, and the humanities provide a way to gain both. Healthy communities depend on the humanities to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and viewpoints about historical and contemporary topics, opportunities to deepen understanding of our shared heritage, and encouragement for innovation in civic life.

To meet these needs, KHC makes available free humanities resources for community use. These include grant opportunities to create cultural events or preserve local historical artifacts and programs, including speakers on history topics, facilitators for book discussions, poet laureate presentations, and additional one-of-a-kind opportunities. KHC is the only organization dedicated to creating, supporting, and promoting the humanities as a resource for all Kansans.

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KHC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Directors. Individual and corporate contributions, funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and funding from the State of Kansas supports our work. Become a Friend of the Humanities and join us.


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The Things They Carried Home Grants

DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force. Source.

DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force. Source.

Application Deadline: 5:00 PM on December 17, 2014.

KHC invites museums, libraries, and other nonprofit organizations to apply for The Things They Carried Home grants supporting preservation projects and preservation workshops related to veterans and military service. Special consideration is given to projects focusing on service in the Korean, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq Wars. Grants are available in two categories:  

1. Preservation Workshop Grants of up to $500 to support public community workshops, led by a preservation consultant, to help veterans and their families preserve uniforms, medals, letters, photographs, email correspondence, or other important items that soldiers carried home. Click here for guidelines.

2. Preservation Project Grants of up to $3,000 to support projects that preserve and create access to material related to military service. Click here for guidelines.

The Things They Carried Home grants are part of Standing Together, a National Endowment for the Humanities initiative to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.

For more information, contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)kansashumanities.org or (785) 357-0359.