Kansans Heart the Humanities

heart_humanitiesOver 120 Kansans have added their signatures to the letter to the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in support of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and State Humanities Councils, including the Kansas Humanities Council. Here is what they are saying about the impact of KHC and the humanities in their communities:

We are big fans of the Kansas Humanities Council. – Sublette

I firmly support the funding for KHC to continue the enrichment of all Kansas communities and the future of our families. Thank you for your efforts in this worthwhile cause. – Wichita

We feel the state humanities are vital to the quality of life in rural and urban areas of our great state of Kansas. -Elkhart

I definitely want to add my name to the letter! Without NEH funds, I doubt our museum would have ever started, much less continued with our mission. -Concordia

We have had numerous programs from both our State Humanities Council and the NEH on the Road exhibits program. These have allowed us to bring programs and exhibitions to our small community that we would not have been able to do otherwise. Not only do these events offer something new to our community, they also bring people to our town that in turn help our local economy. – Hiawatha

To add your signature to the letter, please send the following information to Julie Mulvihill at julie(at)kansashumanities.org by April 24:

  • Name
  • Position/Title
  • Institution or Organizational Affiliation
  • City
  • State

Thank you for helping KHC make the case to Congress for continued support. For NEH funding updates, continue to follow #humanitiesmatter on Twitter.

 

We Heart the Humanities. Do You?

heart_humanitiesThe House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee is currently deliberating the FY 2015 funding bill. The current version of the bill eliminates all funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities and the state humanities councils, including the Kansas Humanities Council.

What You Can Do

Join over 110 Kansans and add your signature to a letter from the Federation of State Humanities Councils to the House Appropriations Subcommittee to let them know that the Humanities Matter in Kansas. Your participation is easy and will demonstrate the variety and reach of the friends of the humanities in Kansas and across the nation.

Click here to read the letter.

To add your signature to the letter, please send the following information to Julie Mulvihill at julie(at)kansashumanities.org by April 24:

  • Name
  • Position/Title
  • Institution or Organizational Affiliation
  • City
  • State

Thank you for helping KHC make the case to Congress for continued support. For NEH funding updates, continue to follow #humanitiesmatter on Twitter.

Call for Topeka StoryCorps Participants

School Segregation BannedDeadline to participate: April 25, 2014
Contact: Donna Rae Pearson, Local History Librarian at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, (785) 580-4510.

What was your graduation day like? KHC, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library are seeking Topeka residents for participation in the Brown v. Board StoryCorps national listening project in commemoration of the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision. Of particular interest are parents, grandparents, or other relatives of students graduating this May who have stories to share of their school days and graduation day before, during, or after the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Spaces are limited. Contact Donna Rae Pearson at (785) 580-4510 by April 25, 2014, for more information on how to participate.

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring public school segregation unconstitutional. This year, May 17 coincides with graduation day in Topeka. As Topeka students prepare to don their caps and gowns, imagine the difference between graduation day this year and the one 60 years ago. The StoryCorps project will capture Topekans’ firsthand experiences and reflections about life in school before and after desegregation.

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Interviews will be conducted at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site May 1-3, 2014. The interviews will be archived locally and at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

The Brown v. Board StoryCorps project is a collaboration between Brown v. Board of Education, the Kansas Humanities Council, and the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. The project is made possible with support from the Capitol Federal Foundation, Fairlawn Plaza, Security Benefit, the Greater Topeka Fund of the Topeka Community Foundation, and Westar Energy.

Image: Front page of The Topeka State Journal, May 17, 1954. Image courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society. 

KHC Awards Eight Spring Grants

Rendezvous at the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned.

Rendezvous at the Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned.

KHC recently awarded $35,673.00 in Humanities and Heritage grants to eight organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $228,523.00.

Franklin County Historical Society, Ottawa ($1,740)

“Franklin County School Records Sorting and Storage”
A project to organize and archive a collection of county school records spanning the 1870s through the 1960s. Susan Geiss, project director.

Harvey County Historical Museum & Archives, Newton ($2,588)

“Fifty Years of Service: Harvey County Courthouse”
This oral history project will document and preserve stories about Harvey County’s courthouse. Debra Hiebert, project director.

 Herington Historical Society ($3,500)

“Care and Digitization of Photographs”
A project to organize, digitize, and store 500 photographs of Herington from the late 1800s to the 1920s. Janet Wade, project director.

Hesston Public Library ($3,050)

“Hesston Tornado Artifact Preservation & Digitization Project”
A project to inventory, digitize, and archive photographs, videos, personal accounts, and documents related to the 1990 tornado in Hesston. Libby Albers, project director.

Kansas Natural Resource Council, Topeka ($10,000)

“The Waters of Kansas”
A series of documentary short films about water in Kansas with public discussions taking place in Burlington, Colby, Great Bend, and Wichita. Sharon Ashworth, project director.

Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, Overland Park ($3,500)

“State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda”
A series of public programs offered in conjunction with the “State of Deception: the Power of Nazi Propaganda” exhibition at the National Archives and Records Administration. Jean Zeldin, project director.

Santa Fe Trail Center, Larned ($7,795)

“Rendezvous 2014: Hispanics and the Road to Santa Fe”
This year’s Rendezvous symposium explores the interactions and blending of cultures along the Santa Fe Trail. Anna Bassford-Woods, project director.

Seward County Historical Society, Liberal ($3,500)

“Preserving Photographs”
A project to catalog and preserve 300 historic photos of Seward County. Connie Whiteley, project director.

The summer deadline for Humanities and Heritage grants is May 28, 2014.  Click here or contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)kansashumanities.org for more information.