KHC Awards Five Grants

The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded $28,305 in Humanities grants and Heritage grants to five Kansas organizations.

American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance, Shawnee ($5,750)
“AIHREA O.N.E Powwow Documentary”
A documentary film project to examine the twelve-year evolution of the Our Nations Energies (ONE) Powwow and its unique existence as a tool to promote cross-cultural education about American Indian Cultures. Ed Smith, project director.

Ashland Library ($3,428)
“The 2017 Starbuck Fire and its Effect on the People of Clark County”
An oral history project to transcribe and preserve the stories of firefighters, evacuees, farmers, ranchers, and survivors of Kansas’ largest grassland fire. Cara Vanderree, project director.

Finney County Historical Society, Garden City ($10,000)
“Garden City Works”
A short documentary film to explore how Garden City integrated cultures, ethnicities, and languages, as thousands of new immigrants came to live and work in what is now a majority-minority town. Steve Lerner, project director.

Johnson County Library Foundation, Shawnee Mission ($5,627)
“Race Project KC 2017-2018”
This series of public events will explore Kansas City’s racial history and how that history affects the present. Angela Tucker, project director.

Koester House Museum Foundation, Marysville ($3,500)
“Koester House Museum Library – Telling the Stories”
A project to preserve the museum’s library materials, as a means of understanding the lifestyles and attitudes of an earlier period in Marysville, and how it informs culture today. Pat Breeding, project director.

For  more information about KHC Humanities and Heritage grants, contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)

KHC Awards Ten Grants

The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded $69,991.00 in Humanities and Heritage grants to ten Kansas organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $118,850.00.

Do Good Productions, Leawood ($10,000)
“Archiver Podcast”
A nine-episode podcast series that connects Kansans with key moments in history through historical audiotapes straight from the archives. Sam Zeff, project director.

Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, Lawrence ($8,000)
“Strength in Numbers: Continuing the Interpretation of Quindaro”
A public symposium honoring the legacy of the historic Quindaro town site and recent developments in the effort to create a National Historic Landmark. Elizabeth Hobson, project director.

Kansas Oral History Project, Topeka ($3,500)
“Legislative Legacy”
An oral history project to interview legislators who served in the Kansas Legislature between 1960-1980 and document the stories behind key policy issues. Joan Wagnon, project director.

Lecompton Historical Society ($3,500)
“Lecompton School Memorabilia Inventory”
A project to preserve the photographs, trophies, certificates, letter jackets, and other items related to Lecompton schools before consolidation in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Lynn Ward, project director.

Lucas Arts & Humanities Council ($3,491)
“Digitizing Kansas Grassroots Arts Environments Videos”
A project to digitize video footage of 30 grassroots artists and their art environments. Jeannie Stramel, project director.

Sociedad Hidalgo, Inc., Shawnee ($5,000)
“Latin American Cinema Festival of Kansas City”
A series of five Latin American films followed by bilingual discussions in Spanish and English. Gloria Bessenbacher, project director.

Ulrich Museum, Wichita ($7,500)
“looking at the overlooked”
As part of Wichita’s citywide initiative “Candid Conversations: A Discussion of Race in Wichita,” this project invites speakers and artists to examine material culture and representation within the context of race and suppression. Jana Durfee, project director.

University of Kansas, Lawrence ($7,500)
“Black Love: A Symposium”
A weeklong celebration of the legacy of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (1937), through an exploration of African American art, literature, and culture. Ayesha Hardison, project director.

Wellington Public Library ($3,500)
“Digitizing, Preserving, and Making Fragile Records Available for Reading and Research”
A project to preserve historical documents from Sumner County, including the materials of the Prentiss Club, an early 20th century group created for the specific purpose of building the library. Lisa Vargas, project director.

Wichita State University ($10,000)
“Coin(ando) Wichita”
This series of public events will explore the cultural and culinary traditions of Hispanic communities in Wichita. Rocio Del Aguila, project director.

The next grant deadline for Humanities and Heritage grants is September 21, 2017.


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

KHC Awards Eight Grants

KHC recently awarded $51,014 in Humanities and Heritage grants to eight Kansas organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $238,011.

Do Good Productions, Inc., Leawood ($9,900)

“Archiver Podcast”
The nine-episode “Archiver” podcast series takes listeners on a journey through the most engaging moments in Kansas history. Sam Zeff, project director.

Emporia State University Foundation ($9,995)

“Charlie and the Common Good: Big Ideas in a Small Town”
A documentary film that shows how the humanities are lived and embodied in the public life of Kansas citizens. Charles S. Brown, project director.

Great Plains United Methodist Conference, Wichita ($1,845)

“Kansas United Methodist Genealogical Resources Digitization Project”
A preservation project to digitize and make available online United Methodist church documents from Kansas dating back to the 19th century. Sara DeCaro, project director.

Greensburg Convention and Tourism Board ($2,556)

“Greensburg 2007 Tornado Oral History Project”
An oral history project to preserve the stories of those who experienced the May 4, 2007 tornado that destroyed 95 percent of Greensburg. Stacy Barnes, project director.

Goodland Public Library ($3,495)

“Preserving Cassette Tapes of ‘Let’s Talk About the High Plains’”
A preservation project to digitize cassette tapes featuring interviews from the “Let’s Talk About the High Plains” radio program that aired from 1996 to 2009. Laura McClung, project director.

Johnson County Museum Foundation, Shawnee ($10,000)

“Becoming Johnson County”
A new signature exhibition exploring the history and development of Johnson County. Mindi Love, project director.

McPherson County Old Mill Museum, Lindsborg ($3,223)

“Lindsborg During World War I: Service, Sacrifice, and Dissent”
A digital humanities project using historic photos, texts, and images of artifacts to tell the story of how Lindsborg, a small town of recent immigrants to Kansas, was affected by World War I. Thomas Jorsch, project director.

Watkins Museum of History, Lawrence ($10,000)

“Langston’s Lawrence”
A short film documenting the influence Lawrence, Kansas, had on Langston Hughes’ representation of humanities in African American life and culture. Tess Banion, project director.

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KHC Awards Seven Grants

spring grant image for blogKHC recently awarded $36,941 in Humanities and Heritage grants to seven Kansas organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $147,165.

Bowlus Fine Arts Center, Iola ($2,835)
“Keaton and the Wild West”
The annual Buster Keaton Celebration features public programs exploring depictions of the American West in films by Keaton and his contemporaries. Susan Raines, project director.

Douglas County Heritage Conservation Office, Lawrence ($5,010)
“Populating Douglas County: Pressures of Migration and Politics”
A traveling exhibition and public programs examining the impact of migration and politics in Douglas County. Jan Shupert-Arick, project director.

El Centro, Inc., Kansas City ($3,300)
“Nuestra Historia: Latino Immigration”
An oral history project documenting the political, social, and economic context of Latino immigration to the United States in the 1990s. Aaron Margolis, project director.

Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Overland Park ($3,475)
“Russian Orthodox Registers and Ledgers”
A project to translate and preserve the early twentieth century parish registers, ledgers, and records of Russian Immigrants. Vera Kononova Brown, project director

Lone Chimney Films, Wichita ($10,000)
“Home on the Range”
A documentary film that tells the story of “Home on the Range” and the preservation of the landmark cabin where the song was written. Ken Spurgeon, project director.

Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita ($4,068)
“Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site”
Interpretive signage connecting the ecological and botanical elements of the Outdoor Wildlife Learning Site with the culture and history of American Indians. Marcus Petty, project director.

Santa Fe Trail Center, Larned ($8,253)
“Rendezvous 2016”
Speakers and presentations look at life on the Santa Fe Trail through the perspective of women. Becca Hiller, project director.

The next deadline for Humanities and Heritage grants is May 18, 2016. For more information, contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)


2016 Humanities & Heritage Grant Guidelines Available



The Fall 2016 grant cycle







KHC announces Heritage, Humanities, and Kansas Town Hall grant opportunities for Kansas nonprofits in 2016.

Kansas Humanities Council grants support projects that use the humanities to connect people with ideas, places, and history. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, museum exhibitions and short films that strengthen community and encourage discussions, oral history, photograph digitization, and research projects. As part of an upcoming water initiative in 2016 and 2017, KHC is interested in grant projects exploring Kansans’ relationship with water.

The 2016 grant deadlines are: February 24 and May 18. Click the links below to access 2016 grant guidelines:

Contact grants(at) for more information.

KHC awards twelve grants


A wartime newspaper drive in Ottawa, Kansas captured by photographer J.B. Muecke. Part of the Franklin County Historical Society’s “Home Front in the Heartland, Revisited,” one of twelve projects supported by a KHC Grant. Image courtesy of Franklin County Historical Society.

KHC recently awarded $70,611.00 in Humanities and Heritage grants to twelve organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $350,151.00.

Carriage Factory Art Gallery, Newton ($2,105)
“Vernon Rickman, Smithsonian Sculptor: Artful Life of a Kansan”
An oral history project documenting the life and work of Vernon Rickman, a Newton native who was staff artist and sculptor for the Smithsonian Institution. Cindy Snider, project director.

Cimarron City Library ($3,500)
“Cimarron City Library Special Collections: Accessible Archives”
A project to inventory and archive historical documents and photos from Cimarron and Gray County and make them available to the public. Sara McFarland, project director.

Franklin County Historical Society, Ottawa ($3,430)
“Home Front in the Heartland, Revisited”
A research and oral history project about life in Ottawa during World War II as seen through the lens of photographer J.B. Muecke. Henry Fortunato, project director.

KOOD/Smoky Hills Public Television, Bunker Hill ($10,000)
“Eric Bransby – A Last Mural”
A documentary film featuring artist Eric Bransby and his return to Kansas to visit the murals he painted with the Federal Art Project in the 1930s and 1940s. Jay Kriss, project director.

Lansing Historical Museum ($1,446)
“Faces of the Kansas State Penitentiary”
A project to digitize and share photographs and glass plate negatives depicting life in the Kansas State Penitentiary from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s. Jennifer Myer, project director.

Marla Quilts, Inc., African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy, Lawrence ($3,398)
“From Slavery to a Free State: The Story of Maria Rogers Martin”
A project to research the life and legacy of Maria Rogers Martin, a quilter and former slave who came to Lawrence with abolitionists in 1862. Marla Jackson, project director.

Rosedale Development Association, Inc., Kansas City ($3,148)
“Shaping Rosedale Identity Through Our Local History”
A project to archive and digitize documents and photographs chronicling the Rosedale community’s history from the 1800s to the present. Adrianne Matlock, project director.

Shawnee County Historical Society, Topeka ($9,950)
“Our Charley: The Early Years of Charles Curtis”
A documentary short film about the Kansas years of Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President of the United States. Debra Goodrich, project director.

Storytime Village, Inc., Wichita ($6,895)
“Literary Legacy: A Book Talk Series for Children & Parents”
A book discussion series engaging multi-generational readers in humanities themes. Prisca Barnes, project director.

Thomas County Historical Society, Colby ($10,000)
“Sorting Out Stereotypes”
Public programs and a traveling exhibition, “Sorting Out Race,” examining racial identity and stereotypes. Ann Miner, project director.

University of Kansas Center for Research, Lawrence ($6,739)
“See/Saw Festival: On the Brink: Borders, Boundaries, and Becoming”
A community film festival exploring physical and ideological borders and boundaries through humanities discussion. Hailey Love, project director.

Wichita Art Museum ($10,000)
“Freedom to Expand: Gordon Parks”
Two exhibitions, “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” and “Freedom Now: Photographs of the Civil Rights Struggle,” feature the work of Kansas-native Gordon Parks. Patricia McDonnell, project director.

For more information about KHC Humanities and Heritage grants, contact Murl Riedel, director of grants, at murl(at)


Kansas Grant Writing Workshop

Kansas City, MO
November 10, 2015

Please join us for the 2015 Kansas Grant Writing Workshop at the Kauffman Foundation on November 10, 2015! For just $30, you’ll learn new approaches to grant-writing, strengthen your skills, and connect with potential funders. Don’t miss this one-day workshop – registration is open now. Click here to register. Lunch will be provided. Keynote speakers include Becky Eason with Wordcraft LLC and Jill D. Miller with Creative Solutions, as well as breakout sessions presented by the Kansas Volunteer Commission and the Kansas Humanities Council.

This event is hosted by the Kansas Volunteer Commission, Kansas Humanities Council and Kansas Enrichment Network. If you have questions, please email

Grant Writing Workshop, Final

Now, There’s An Idea!

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The draft deadline for fall Humanities and Heritage grants is August 26th, and the final grants deadline is September 30th. If you’ve been thinking of applying for a KHC grant, but need inspiration or ideas, here is a roundup of articles about recent KHC-supported grant projects. Happy grant writing!

Humanities Grants

Humanities Grants support projects that engage the public with the humanities. Funding is available for the creation of short documentary films, lecture series, museum exhibitions, and other humanities events. Click on the links to learn more about Humanities grant projects.

Heritage Grants

Heritage Grants are intended to support projects that preserve and interpret local historical and cultural resources. Funding is available for oral history and research projects, collections care, and photograph digitization. Click on the links to learn more about Heritage grant projects.

Has this blog post sparked a project idea? Click here or contact Murl Riedel, Director of Grants, at murl(at) to get started. You can also find more “grants-piration” — plus information about upcoming deadlines — by subscribing to KHC E-News.