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KHC Receives a Major Award

KHC board members Brandon Hines (left) and Aaron Otto (right) join KHC staff Julie Mulvihill (center) and Tracy Quillin (2nd from right) to accept the Schwartz Prize from Federation Board Member Kristina Valaitis (2nd from left). Not pictured: KHC Board Member Will Ramsey. Photo credit: Mark Garvin Photo.

KHC board members Brandon Hines (left) and Aaron Otto (right) join KHC staff Julie Mulvihill (center) and Tracy Quillin (2nd from right) to accept the Schwartz Prize from Federation Board Member Kristina Valaitis (2nd from left). Not pictured: KHC Board Member Will Ramsey. Photo credit: Mark Garvin Photo.

 

The Kansas Humanities Council received a 2014 Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for KHC’s support of #QR1863, a Twitter re-enactment commemorating the 150th anniversary of Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, at an awards ceremony at the National Humanities Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 31, 2014. Presented by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the Schwartz Prize is awarded annually to up to three state humanities councils for innovative programs that have had a significant impact on citizens, organizations, or communities in their states. KHC joins Oregon Humanities and Utah Humanities in receiving the 2014 Schwartz Prize.

#QR1863 was a 2013 project supported through a KHC Humanities grant and coordinated by Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area in Lawrence. The project demonstrated the power of social media to engage citizens with the humanities through “live tweets” of the events of August, 21, 1863, when pro-Confederate forces launched a surprise raid on the pro-Union stronghold of Lawrence, leaving as many as 200 dead and a town in ruins. Community members researched historical texts and consulted with academic historians to compose tweets conveying the real time experiences of victims, raiders, and survivors.

Schwartz Prize judges praised the #QR1863 project for its creative and effective use of social media to engage the public with local history and for its reach and impact worldwide. One judge stated that they “loved the marriage between amateur history geeks, education, scholars, and the innovative use of technology.”

“We are thrilled to have #QR1863 recognized by the Federation of State Humanities Councils,” said Julie McPike, managing director of Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. “The advice and support that Kansas Humanities Council provided for this project had a huge impact on its success. The collaboration between institutions, academic historians, volunteer citizen-historians, and the public created an accessible and multi-layered conversation about the events of the past and their impact on the present. #QR1863 exceeded our expectations in every way possible, including being recognized with the Schwartz Prize.”

All the #QR1863 tweets are available on Storify. Click here to read them.

Humanities grants for social media projects that connect citizens with the humanities are available. Click here or contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, for more information.

KHC Awards Eight Fall Grants

Volland shopkeeper Otto Kratzer's photos will photos will be on exhibit at the Wabaunsee County Historical Society. Photo Credit: Wabaunsee Co. Historical Society

Volland shopkeeper Otto Kratzer’s photos will be on exhibit at the Wabaunsee County Historical Society with the support of a KHC grant. Photo Credit: Wabaunsee Co. Historical Society

KHC recently awarded $46,215.00 in Humanities and Heritage grants to eight organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $77,987.

Brown County Historical Society, Hiawatha ($2,920)
Preservation of the Dress Collection

A project to catalog, photograph, label, and preserve the historical society’s collection of wedding dresses, Halloween Queen dresses, and early 1900s dresses. Eric Oldham, project director.

El Centro, Inc., Kansas City, Kan. ($3,388)
Building Communities: Mexican-American Softball Leagues

This research and oral history project documents the ways softball leagues built relationships and forged a shared identity among Mexican-American communities in Kansas, including Wyandotte County. Gene T. Chávez, project director.

Kansas African American Museum, Wichita ($3,466)
Black and White Remember Together

An oral history project to collect and share the memories of black and white students who experienced life in Wichita during the turbulent years of the late 1960s. Shenita Horton, project director.

Kauffman Museum, North Newton ($10,000)
Sorting Out Race

An exhibition and series of public programs uses thrift store objects as a starting point for conversations about race and racial identity. Annette LeZotte, project director.

Lecompton Historical Society ($3,495)
Updating Artifact Records for Improved Exhibits and Programming

A project to enhance exhibitions and public programming through research, documentation, and preservation of artifacts in the historical society’s collection. Lynn Ward, project director.

Miami County Conversation District, Paola ($10,000)
Against the Grain

This documentary short film explores the methods used by Kansas farm families to conserve natural resources. Amanda Hashagen, project director.

Nicodemus Historical Society, Bogue ($2,895)
Ola Wilson Collection Project

A project to preserve the collection of Ola Wilson, a teacher in Nicodemus in the early 1900s. Angela O. Bates, project director.

Wabaunsee County Historical Society, Alma ($9,961)
Focus on History: The Photography and Films of Otto Kratzer

An exhibition and public programs feature the photographs and films of Otto Kratzer, a Volland business owner whose work captured life in the Flint Hills community between 1905 and 1965. Greg Hoots, project director.

Click here for more information about KHC Humanities and Heritage grants.