KHC recently awarded $14,420 in The Things They Carried Home grants to seventeen organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $25,803. The grants support preservation projects and preservation workshops related to veterans and military service. The 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.
Preservation Project Grants
Four organizations received Preservation Project Grants to preserve, document, and create access to military artifacts and archival materials.
RezVets, Leawood ($3,000)
“Writing My Way Back Home”
Writers’ workshops offer military veterans and their families an opportunity to document the veterans’ experience. Cindy McDermott, project director.
RSVP Four County, Independence ($2,988)
“The 1011th – A Story of Service Throughout the Years”
A project to collect and preserve the images of veterans who served with the 1011th Quartermaster Company Army Reserve during deployments in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Kathy Shephard, project director.
Solomon Valley – Highway 24 – Heritage Alliance, Glasco ($2,950)
“World War II Veterans Memorial Highway: A Tour of Remembrance, A Corridor of Service”
A project to inventory veterans memorials and collections of veterans artifacts in museums located along the route of US 24 designated as the World War II Veterans Memorial Highway. Joan Nothern, project director.
Wamego Public Library ($1,582)
“Veterans Oral History Project Conversion”
The library will digitize and preserve over 50 oral history interviews of Pottawatomie County veterans. Kelley Nordberg, project director.
Thirteen organizations received $300 grants to host public community workshops, led by a preservation consultant, to help veterans and their families preserve uniforms, medals, letters, photographs, email correspondence, and other important items that soldiers carried home.
Abilene Public Library
Belleville Public Library
Brown County Historical Society, Hiawatha
Emporia Public Library
Friends of Fort Scott National Historic Site
Friends of the Valley Center Library, Inc.
Leavenworth Public Library
Lebo Branch of Coffey County Public Library
Mary Cotton Public Library, Sabetha
Overland Park Historical Society
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence
For more information about The Things They Carried Home grant projects, contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)kansashumanities.org.