National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities Founded in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is a grant-making institution of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

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Charles Darwin published his book “Origin of Species,” which theorized that all living creatures descended from a common...
11/24/2021
Darwin Manuscripts Project

Charles Darwin published his book “Origin of Species,” which theorized that all living creatures descended from a common ancestor, #OTD in 1859.

Browse through Darwin’s manuscripts as a practicing scientist, with this #NEHgrant-funded project: https://bit.ly/3qUdEbW

Project Darwin Manuscripts Project Division of Preservation and Access Photo caption Charles Darwin - portrait by George Richmond, 1840. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Browse Charles Darwin's complete manuscripts documenting his work as a practicing scientist. View Project NEH Award Details Explore O...

Explore what life was like in #Baltimore between 1975 and 1980, highlighted in an #NEHgrant-funded exhibit, with Humanit...
11/23/2021
Once Upon a Time in Baltimore

Explore what life was like in #Baltimore between 1975 and 1980, highlighted in an #NEHgrant-funded exhibit, with Humanities mag: https://bit.ly/3qZuFSp

The crabs were jumbo, and the hairdos were big. Beauty parlors are well represented. (Who knew that John Waters’s films were actually documentaries?) And the cars—many shown being dug out after a snowstorm—were huge.

Teachers, this EDSITEment lesson plan for grades 6-12 explores the diversity of Native American tribes and cultures: htt...
11/17/2021
Not “Indians,” Many Tribes: Native American Diversity

Teachers, this EDSITEment lesson plan for grades 6-12 explores the diversity of Native American tribes and cultures: https://bit.ly/3nblTOG

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

Students study the interaction between environment and culture as they learn about three vastly different indigenous groups in a game-like activity that uses vintage photographs, traditional stories, photos of artifacts, and recipes.

Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most influential figures in American #modernism, was born #OTD in #SunPrairie, #WI. Read ab...
11/15/2021
Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Hawaii

Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most influential figures in American #modernism, was born #OTD in #SunPrairie, #WI.

Read about O’Keeffe’s paintings of #Hawaii, created for an ad campaign, which were displayed as part of an #NEHgrant-funded exhibition New York Botanical Garden via Humanities magazine: https://bit.ly/3wJOTQH

HUMANITIES: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities Feature Georgia O’Keeffe Paints Hawaii What started as commercial work ended as art Tom Christopher HUMANITIES, Summer 2018, Volume 39, Number 3 Photo caption Hibiscus with Plumeria, 1939. —Smithsonian American Art Museum, gif...

Learn about Jewish #veteran Mendes Cohen, one of #Baltimore’s early globetrotters, whose travel notes and artifacts were...
11/05/2021
A Jewish Veteran Becomes One of Baltimore's Early Globetrotters

Learn about Jewish #veteran Mendes Cohen, one of #Baltimore’s early globetrotters, whose travel notes and artifacts were preserved in an #NEHgrant-funded exhibit Jewish Museum of Maryland, via Humanities magazine: https://bit.ly/3vUq7gg

HUMANITIES: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities Statement A Jewish Veteran Becomes One of Baltimore's Early Globetrotters Mendes Cohen traveled the world to bring back memories and artifacts. Joe Sugarman HUMANITIES, January/February 2015, Volume 36, Number 1 Photo caption Port...

November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.Check out this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects helping preserve Native Americ...
11/03/2021

November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.

Check out this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects helping preserve Native American culture, languages, and historical collections: https://bit.ly/3mmHPGe

November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.

Check out this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects helping preserve Native American culture, languages, and historical collections: https://bit.ly/3mmHPGe

Throughout November, the U.S. celebrates #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.Check out this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects t...
11/02/2021
Virtual Bookshelf: Native American Heritage Month

Throughout November, the U.S. celebrates #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth.

Check out this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects that preserve the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of America’s Native peoples: https://bit.ly/3mAvv5m

News Article Virtual Bookshelf: Native American Heritage Month Photo caption photo by Andrew James, Unsplash TwitterFacebook (November 1, 2021) Throughout November, the United States celebrates Native American Heritage Month, honoring the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of Ameri...

Today is the #DayoftheDead. Teachers, have your students explore the origin and #history of this #Mexican holiday and ot...
11/01/2021
Mexican Culture and History through Its National Holidays

Today is the #DayoftheDead.

Teachers, have your students explore the origin and #history of this #Mexican holiday and others with EDSITEment: https://bit.ly/2VqTiai

#DiadelosMuertos

In this lesson students will study four popular Mexican holidays and examine images to see how these particular celebrations represent Mexico's colorful history.

Get ready for #Halloween and learn how the holiday has been celebrated in the past, with this list of historic #ChronAm ...
10/29/2021
Superstitions and Celebrations: Halloween History in Chronicling America

Get ready for #Halloween and learn how the holiday has been celebrated in the past, with this list of historic #ChronAm newspapers: https://bit.ly/3b1B5qJ

Blog Superstitions and Celebrations: Halloween History in Chronicling America October 23, 2015 By Leah Weinryb Grohsgal Photo caption In the Light of the Moon. Iron County Register. (Ironton, Missouri) November 8, 1888. Courtesy of Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congre...

The #NYC Subway, the first underground & underwater rail system in the world, began operating #OTD in 1904. Browse this ...
10/27/2021

The #NYC Subway, the first underground & underwater rail system in the world, began operating #OTD in 1904.

Browse this #NEHgrant-funded collection of over 66,000 photos documenting the transit system’s construction from 1900 to 1950 at New-York Historical Society: https://bit.ly/3b3IeHg

The #NYC Subway, the first underground & underwater rail system in the world, began operating #OTD in 1904.

Browse this #NEHgrant-funded collection of over 66,000 photos documenting the transit system’s construction from 1900 to 1950 at New-York Historical Society: https://bit.ly/3b3IeHg

Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso was born #OTD in 1881. Humanities magazine explores the ambiguity of Picasso’...
10/25/2021
Ambiguity Colored Picasso's Take on the Circus

Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso was born #OTD in 1881.

Humanities magazine explores the ambiguity of Picasso’s “Acrobat and Young Harlequin” painting, reflective of the artist’s interactions with circus performers in Paris’s Montmartre:
https://bit.ly/3GcfcDz

Before cubism, before Guernica, Acrobat and Young Harlequin signals toward modern art and maybe even modern life.

French artist Paul Cézanne, considered one of the greatest post-Impressionists, died at the age of 67 #OTD in 1906. Lear...
10/22/2021
Paul Cézanne Revered the Old Masters, yet Influenced Waves of Modernists

French artist Paul Cézanne, considered one of the greatest post-Impressionists, died at the age of 67 #OTD in 1906.

Learn how this “master of landscapes” influenced a wave of modernists, with Humanities Magazine: https://bit.ly/3BHkDrr

HUMANITIES: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities Feature Paul Cézanne Revered the Old Masters, yet Influenced Waves of Modernists Always the student, even the famous Cézanne went back to the basics. Nancy Locke HUMANITIES, January/February 2015, Volume 36, Number 1 Photo capti...

The Guggenheim, designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened #OTD in 1959 in #NYC. Browse this fascinating...
10/21/2021
Guggenheim Listening Project: Reel-to-Reel Collection Digitization (2018) | The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation

The Guggenheim, designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, opened #OTD in 1959 in #NYC.

Browse this fascinating #NEHgrant-funded digital archive of over 600 reel-to-reel audiotapes of Guggenheim lectures on modern art from 1952 to 1990: https://bit.ly/3lMKmZO

The National Endowment for the Humanities generously funded the complete digitization of the Reel-to-Reel collection that includes audiotapes from 1952 to 1990.

Philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer John Dewey was born #OTD in 1859 in #Burlington, #VT. Learn how Dewe...
10/20/2021
John Dewey: Portrait of a Progressive Thinker

Philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer John Dewey was born #OTD in 1859 in #Burlington, #VT.

Learn how Dewey’s progressive ideas altered children’s education worldwide, with Humanities Magazine: https://bit.ly/3peO4gW

His ideas altered the education of children worldwide

This #NEHgrant-funded American Masters documentary revisits the complex life and legacy of Hellen Keller, human rights p...
10/19/2021
Helen Keller documentary | American Masters | PBS

This #NEHgrant-funded American Masters documentary revisits the complex life and legacy of Hellen Keller, human rights pioneer, deaf-blind author, and advocate who fought for the rights of women, disabled communities, and people living in poverty: https://to.pbs.org/3p2VaVW

American Masters: Becoming Helen Keller examines one of the 20th century’s human rights pioneers in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The new documentary rediscovers the complex life and legacy of author and activist Helen Keller (1880-1968), who was deaf and blind since chi...

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry was born #OTD in 1926.Berry and his wife moved into this #StLouis, #MO home, which is ...
10/18/2021
The Chuck Berry House, St Louis - Clio

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry was born #OTD in 1926.

Berry and his wife moved into this #StLouis, #MO home, which is listed on National Park Service National Register of Historic Places, in 1950.

Check it out with the #NEHgrant-funded Clio Foundation: https://bit.ly/3FRx9Hh

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, born Charles Edward Anderson Berry purchased this modest house with his wife Themetta Suggs in 1950. The couple lived here for eight years, until 1958. During that time, Berry wrote and recorded many songs that have since become classics, including Maybelline, Roll...

Today marks the last day of #HispanicHeritageMonth. Hear actress Rita Moreno discuss how her Puerto Rican ethnicity rela...
10/15/2021
Rita Moreno discusses her role in West Side Story ; part 1

Today marks the last day of #HispanicHeritageMonth.

Hear actress Rita Moreno discuss how her Puerto Rican ethnicity related to her role as Anita in the film WEST SIDE STORY, at the #NEHgrant-funded Studs Terkel Radio Archive. https://bit.ly/3uRBtRX

Rita Moreno talks about her own Puerto Rican ethnicity and how it relates to her role as Anita in West Side Story.

10/14/2021
Flor De Toloache - Live from The White House

What better way to celebrate the final week of #HispanicHeritageMonth than with the all-woman, #Grammy-nominated mariachi band Flor de Toloache!

Enjoy this amazing performance, live from The White House, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, here: https://youtu.be/4976R7TDaX4

#FlorDeToloache

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., became the youngest recipient of the #NobelPeacePrize #OTD in 1964. See thi...
10/14/2021
NEH-Supported Projects on the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., became the youngest recipient of the #NobelPeacePrize #OTD in 1964.

See this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects that examine Dr. King’s life and legacy: https://bit.ly/3iLadjb

News Article NEH-Supported Projects on the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo caption Dr. King with President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 TwitterFacebook (January 14, 2011) Photo caption The Lorraine Motel, where Dr. King was assassinated. A minister, civil rights leader, Nobel Peace Pr...

#DYK that October is #WorldBlindnessAwarenessMonth? Check out the world’s largest repository of works relating to blind-...
10/13/2021
Digitization of the Helen Keller Archival Collection

#DYK that October is #WorldBlindnessAwarenessMonth?

Check out the world’s largest repository of works relating to blind-deaf educator and activist Hellen Keller with this #NEHgrant-funded archive at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB). https://bit.ly/3kNkVp3

Project Digitization of the Helen Keller Archival Collection Division of Preservation and Access Photo caption Helen Keller portrait. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons The Helen Keller Archival Collection at the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is the world’s largest repository of letters, spee...

Celebrate #ItalianAmericanHeritageMonth with this interview with film director and 42nd Jefferson Lecturer, Martin Scors...
10/12/2021
The Art of Martin Scorsese

Celebrate #ItalianAmericanHeritageMonth with this interview with film director and 42nd Jefferson Lecturer, Martin Scorsese, about his upbringing in an Italian-American neighborhood in #Queens, #NY, and its influence on his filmmaking, at Humanities magazine. https://bit.ly/3ilhmDC

HUMANITIES: The Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities Conversation The Art of Martin Scorsese An interview with the 2013 Jefferson Lecturer Jim Leach HUMANITIES, July/August 2013, Volume 34, Number 4 Photo caption Scorsese on the set of The Departed in 2006. © AF archive / Alamy Twi...

Eleanor Roosevelt, #FLOTUS, activist, journalist, and diplomat, was born #OTD in 1884. Browse the political papers of on...
10/11/2021
Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project

Eleanor Roosevelt, #FLOTUS, activist, journalist, and diplomat, was born #OTD in 1884.

Browse the political papers of one of America’s most significant and admired women of the 20th century, at the #NEHgrant-funded “Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project.” https://bit.ly/3dpjEB3

Project Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project Division of Research Programs Photo caption Eleanor Roosevelt. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most significant American women of the twentieth century, and remains one of the most admired. As First Lady, journalist, activist, d...

The Great Chicago Fire erupted #OTD in 1871. Learn the #history of the tragedy and its impact on the city of #Chicago an...
10/08/2021
City on Fire

The Great Chicago Fire erupted #OTD in 1871.

Learn the #history of the tragedy and its impact on the city of #Chicago and its residents, with the #NEHgrant-funded “City on Fire” exhibit Chicago History Museum.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3im5Ef2

Opening October 8, 2021A rapidly growing city built of wood. A summer-long heat wave. An exhausted and misdirected team of firefighters. Racial, social, and economic tensions bubbling just below the surface. All Chicago needed was a spark. Learn More Upcoming Events and Programs Exhibition Programmi...

10/07/2021
NEH CARES: International Storytelling Center

When the pandemic hit, “we found ourselves worrying about survival in a time when we knew that people needed our services the most,” says Kiran Singh Sirah, President of the International Storytelling Center.

Hear how an #NEHCares grant helped the International Storytelling Center: https://bit.ly/3FlqF3j

#NAHM21 #NAHM

Today, #POTUS Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Navajo Nation citizen Shelly C. Lowe as the 12th Chair of the N...
10/05/2021

Today, #POTUS Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Navajo Nation citizen Shelly C. Lowe as the 12th Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lowe is the first Native American and second woman selected to lead NEH.

Learn more, here: https://bit.ly/3ovofJo

Today, #POTUS Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Navajo Nation citizen Shelly C. Lowe as the 12th Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lowe is the first Native American and second woman selected to lead NEH.

Learn more, here: https://bit.ly/3ovofJo

TODAY: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $87.8 million in ARP relief funding for economic recovery...
10/04/2021
NEH Awards $87.8 Million in ARP Relief Funding for Economic Recovery to Cultural and Educational Institutions

TODAY: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $87.8 million in ARP relief funding for economic recovery to cultural and educational institutions: https://bit.ly/3A6Wg4Y

#SHARP #NAHM21 #NAHM

Press Release NEH Awards $87.8 Million in ARP Relief Funding for Economic Recovery to Cultural and Educational Institutions NEH Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (#SHARP) grant awards will preserve humanities jobs and support the reopening and rebuilding of humanities progra...

October is National Arts and Humanities Month! The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for ...
10/01/2021

October is National Arts and Humanities Month!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts & the National Endowment for the Humanities will be talking about the cultural sector’s role in our economy, advancing equity, education, health & wellness & supporting military communities.

Join the conversation with #NAHM21 or #NAHM. https://bit.ly/39Szpzf

October is National Arts and Humanities Month!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts & the National Endowment for the Humanities will be talking about the cultural sector’s role in our economy, advancing equity, education, health & wellness & supporting military communities.

Join the conversation with #NAHM21 or #NAHM. https://bit.ly/39Szpzf

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Charles Darwin published his book “Origin of Species,” which theorized that all living creatures descended from a common ancestor, #OTD in 1859. Browse through Darwin’s manuscripts as a practicing scientist, with this #NEHgrant-funded project: https://bit.ly/3qUdEbW
Explore what life was like in #Baltimore between 1975 and 1980, highlighted in an #NEHgrant-funded exhibit, with Humanities mag: https://bit.ly/3qZuFSp
Roy Campanella, one of the first African- American MLB #baseball players, was born #OTD in 1921 in #Philadelphia, #PA. Hear the former star catcher speak about his book & life as a quadriplegic, at the #NEHgrant-funded WNYC radio archive: https://bit.ly/3FaWYRz
Teachers, this EDSITEment lesson plan for grades 6-12 explores the diversity of Native American tribes and cultures: https://bit.ly/3nblTOG #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth
Georgia O’Keeffe, one of the most influential figures in American #modernism, was born #OTD in #SunPrairie, #WI. Read about O’Keeffe’s paintings of #Hawaii, created for an ad campaign, which were displayed as part of an #NEHgrant-funded exhibition New York Botanical Garden via Humanities magazine: https://bit.ly/3wJOTQH
Learn about Jewish #veteran Mendes Cohen, one of #Baltimore’s early globetrotters, whose travel notes and artifacts were preserved in an #NEHgrant-funded exhibit Jewish Museum of Maryland, via Humanities magazine: https://bit.ly/3vUq7gg
November is #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Check out this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects helping preserve Native American culture, languages, and historical collections: https://bit.ly/3mmHPGe
Throughout November, the U.S. celebrates #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth. Check out this list of #NEHgrant-funded projects that preserve the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and traditions of America’s Native peoples: https://bit.ly/3mAvv5m
Today is the #DayoftheDead. Teachers, have your students explore the origin and #history of this #Mexican holiday and others with EDSITEment: https://bit.ly/2VqTiai #DiadelosMuertos
Get ready for #Halloween and learn how the holiday has been celebrated in the past, with this list of historic #ChronAm newspapers: https://bit.ly/3b1B5qJ
October is National Arts and Humanities Month! Hear from Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff on why we need the #arts and #humanities now more than ever. #NAHM21 #NAHM https://bit.ly/3BiPbP7
The #NYC Subway, the first underground & underwater rail system in the world, began operating #OTD in 1904. Browse this #NEHgrant-funded collection of over 66,000 photos documenting the transit system’s construction from 1900 to 1950 at New-York Historical Society: https://bit.ly/3b3IeHg