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)kansashumanities.org.


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)kansashumanities.org 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)kansashumanities.org.


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 volunteer@ksde.org.

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)kansashumanities.org to get started. You can also find more “grants-piration” — plus information about upcoming deadlines — by subscribing to KHC E-News.

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 murl@kansashumanities.org.

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.

KHC Awards Seven Summer Grants

Hoxie schoolchildren pose for a class photo. Photo courtesy of Sheridan County Historical Society.

Hoxie schoolchildren pose for a class photo. Photo courtesy of Sheridan County Historical Society.

KHC recently awarded $44,398 in Humanities and Heritage grants to seven organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $179,698. 

Sheridan County Historical Society, Hoxie ($3,209) 
Sheridan County Historical Society Photo Preservation Project
A project to preserve, catalog, and index approximately 2,500 school and alumni photographs from Northwest Kansas in the 19th and 20th centuries. Jan Moore, project director. 

Lucas Arts & Humanities Council ($3,485) 
Digitizing Kansas Grassroots Art Environment Videos
A preservation project to transfer and digitally store thirty uncut video tapes featuring Kansas folk artists working in their home environments. Peter Max Lawrence, project director.

Rice County Historical Society, Lyons ($3,269) 
Agricultural Choices
An oral history project to gather interviews from local farmers and their relatives about the decisions they make while working in agriculture. Interviews will be featured in an upcoming museum exhibit. Charlene Akers, project director. 

United Way of the Plain, Wichita ($10,000)
Dirty Paws: Homelessness, Companionship and Identity in Wichita, Kansas
An ethnographic short film that centers on the relationship between homeless individuals and their pets in Wichita. A film screening and panel discussion are planned. Sarah Taylor, project director.

Flint Hills Discovery Center Foundation, Manhattan ($10,000) 
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve: A Flint Hills Love Story
A documentary film that focuses on the historical, environmental, and social significance of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Chase County. Dave Kendall, project director. 

Sociedad Hidalgo, Inc., Shawnee ($5,000) 
Latin American Cinema Festival XXIV
A bilingual film festival that features five films and discussions that highlight Latin American culture. Gloria Bessenbacher, project director. 

Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita ($9,435)
Postdate: Photography and Inherited History of India
A museum exhibition and series of public programs exploring the 1947 partition of India. Jana Durfee, project director.

To find out more about KHC’s Heritage and Humanities grants, click here.