NEH Grants Funds for Library Exhibitions, Programs, Digitization
Libraries get a slice of $16 million in awards
Norman Oder -- Library Journal, 03/31/2010
- Programs on reading and classics
- Lincoln at the libraries
- Digitization and preservation
Libraries are getting a small slice of the recently announced $16 million in grant awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which is funding 286 humanities projects.
Programs at libraries
People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos of Trenton, NJ, got a $300,000 matching grant for Story Talk, offering bilingual reading and discussion programs for at-risk youth at 20 library venues in 12 states.
Aquila Theatre Company of New York City got a $800,000 grant for Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, a national program series exploring classical literature, to be presented at 100 libraries and performing arts centers in 20 states.
Numerous small libraries in Tennessee, South Dakota, and Wyoming got $2500 to host the traveling exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War.
Digitization and beyond
New York Public Library got: $304,311 for New York City Historical Geographic Information Systems, involving digitization of a collection of 9500 historical maps of New York City, dating from 1851 to 1922, and creation of related geographical information to be used with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools.
The Library Company of Philadelphia got a $235,354 grant to catalog 92 collections of ephemera, totaling about 27,500 items on American society and culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. A selection of 5000 items would be digitized and mounted on the Library Company's web site.
The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee got a $315,000 grant for Saving and Sharing the American Geographical Society Library's Historic Nitrate Negative Images, involving the digitization and rehousing of 56,000 nitrate photographic negatives that document landscapes, streetscapes, and human cultures around the world.