KHC Receives “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History” Grant


KHC has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, KHC will receive a grant of $10,000 to support projects at four partner organizations: Dodge City Public Library; Harvey County Historical Museum, Newton; Lyon County Historical Society, Emporia; and Johnson County Community College, Overland Park. Funding through KHC will enable partner organizations to explore local stories of Latino history and culture with film discussions, oral histories, and other complementary programming.

The initiative also features the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film Latino Americans, created for PBS in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day.

“The ALA’s Latino Americans: 500 Years of History project is an opportunity for all Kansans to learn more about the state’s large and diverse Latino populations,” said Julie Mulvihill, Executive Director. “The Kansas Humanities Council is looking forward to sharing these unique stories about Latino life in Kansas, both past and present.”

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.

For more information, contact Murl Riedel, Director of Grants, at

To read the Spanish-language press release about Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, please click here.

This project is supported by the Kansas Humanities Council. Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). It is part of the NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.