Kansas Humanities Council Awards Five Grants

The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded $36,464 in Heritage and Humanities grants to five Kansas organizations. Local contributions to the project are estimated at $323,886.

Goddard Woman’s Club ($3,000)

“Historical Preservation Project”
A project to preserve and share historical materials documenting the Goddard Woman’s Club’s community work dating back to the 1930s. Lisa Stoller, project director.

Kauffman Museum, North Newton ($10,000)

“Voices of Conscience: Peace Witness in the Great War”
An exhibition and series of public programs exploring the stories of conscientious objectors during World War I. Annette LeZotte, project director.

Northeast Kansas Topeka Chapter #14 American Historical Society of Germans from Russia ($3,464)

“Oral History of Topeka’s Germans from Russia”
An oral history project documenting the stories of Topeka’s Germans from Russia, a group whose ancestors originally settled in the city in the 1870s. Vera Kononova Brown, project director.

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., Lawrence ($10,000)

“Exhibiting African American Story Quilts at the Spencer Museum of Art
An exhibition featuring 400 years of African American history as depicted on story quilts. Saralyn Reece-Hardy, project director.

William Allen White Foundation, Lawrence ($10,000)

“William Allen White Sesquicentennial Film”
A documentary film exploring the life, work, and legacy of William Allen White, owner and editor of “The Emporia Gazette.” David Seaton, project director.

The next deadline for Heritage and Humanities grants is May 25, 2017

Bill of Rights 225

Kansas libraries and museums in 13 communities commemorated the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights with “The Bill of Rights and You,” a special pop-up display from the National Archives.

“The Bill of Rights and You” at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

Over 45,000 Kansans viewed “The Bill of Rights and You,” including participants in public programming opportunities that ranged from writing workshops, presentations on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and KHC Speakers Bureau topics related to free speech. Host organizations have plans to share the display at other locations in their communities and plan to incorporate the pop-up display into Constitution Day and Bill of Rights Day activities in 2017.

“The Bill of Rights and You” sparked conservation and reflection about the Constitution and American democracy among visitors. According to Jacqueline Suptic of the Johnson County Library-Lackman Branch in Lenexa, “the timely arrival of the Bill of Rights display here allowed our patrons to see specifically what those rights are and how they apply to daily life.”

“The Bill of Rights and You” is part of Amending America, a National Archives initiative to explore the importance of the Bill of Rights, its history and implementation, and its impact today. The Kansas Humanities Council presented “The Bill of Rights and You” through a partnership with the National Archives and the Federation of State Humanities Councils.