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NEH  A federal agency, National Endowment for the Humanities supports research, preservation, public programs, and education in the humanities.


When William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody died, citizens of his namesake town—Cody, Wyoming—thought they had lost their inheritance.
Cody died in Denver in 1917 and requested that he be buried on Lookout Mountain, nearer the town of Golden. The locals worried that tourists flocking to his grave would visit that town rather than Cody. In an era when tourism was one of the main sources of revenue in the West, the citizens of Cody quickly founded the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, opening the Buffalo Bill Museum a decade later in 1927. Over the next century, four more museums and a research library opened: the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the @codyfirearmsmuseum, the Draper Natural History Museum, and the McCracken Research Library. Together, they make up the Buffalo Bill @centerofthewest.
The Center has been supported by 12 NEH grants since 1978, totaling $2,004,761.

Some cultural icons have such an impact that it’s hard to put it into words. “The legacy of the King James Bible is actually too huge to articulate in a brief sentence or two, because its influence is sort of astronomical,” said Steven Galbraith, one of two curators of the exhibition “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” at the @folgerlibrary in Washington, D.C. The exhibition, held in 2011, marked the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, first printed in 1611.
To explore the origins and influence of the King James Bible, the Folger joined with the @bodleianlibs of the @oxford_uni, with help from the @ransomcenter at the @utaustintx. The Bodleian was an especially apt partner; two of the six scholarly committees that produced the King James Bible worked at Oxford. #NEHgrant

It's been 500 years since #MartinLuther nailed his theses to the church door. A new NEH #PublicScholar book explores this history. #Reformation500 #NEHgrant

Famed filmmaker Gordon Parks came out of retirement to direct Solomon Northup’s Odyssey, a made-for-television film based on its titular character’s real-life memoir, Twelve Years a Slave.
Parks already had an impressive career behind him—first African American to hold a staff photojournalist position at Life, first African American to direct and produce for a major Hollywood studio, director of such iconic films as The Learning Tree, Leadbelly, and Shaft—but Northup’s life was a subject too important to pass up. “So little is said about slavery,” Parks told the @nytimes shortly after his film debuted on @pbs in 1984. “This was our holocaust, and it’s always hushed, hushed, hushed. Roots was the first major attempt to let the world become aware of what happened to these people, but I think slavery’s been very much underexposed.” The film received $550,000 from NEH to tell its powerful story. #NEHgrant

NEH's Acting Chairman Jon Parrish Peede visited Omaha, NE, and Nashville, TN, last week to meet with leaders of cultural institutions and speak about #NEH support for humanities projects and institutions across the country. #NEHgrant

Visitors to New York City could stop at one of several Child’s Lunch Rooms throughout the city for an economical meal of ham cakes with tomato sauce (10c), buttermilk (5c), and a bowl of corn starch with cream (5c). Or they could have dined more lavishly uptown at the Manhattan Hotel on pickled oysters–Saint Nicolas (40c), cold sliced capon (90c) with dandelion salad (40c), and Bar-le-Duc jelly (50c). That was in the winter of 1900.
These delectable details are available to us through the NEH-funded New York Public Library’s “What’s on the Menu?” crowdsourced culinary history project that helps us discover who we are through what we ate. #NEHgrant

Through performances and dramatic readings across the country, @aquilatheatre’s NEH-funded YouStories program uses performances from classic plays like “Philoctetes” to connect veterans and the public, finding resonance between the ancient words and veterans’ own experiences to create new stories. Veterans could upload videos of their own war and homecoming stories through the YouStories web app, stored in a @librarycongress archive. #NEHgrant

At first glance, a middle-aged midwife in rural Maine doesn’t seem a likely heroine for a best-selling book or film. But that’s what Martha Moore Ballard became.
Historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s groundbreaking micro-history of Ballard’s life and society in Revolutionary New England hit the bookstores in 1990. ”A Midwife’s Tale” was based on Ballard’s cryptic diary that she diligently kept for more than twenty-seven years between 1785 and 1812—9,965 days to be exact.
Ulrich encountered the diary accidently while doing research at the Maine State Library. Ulrich received $2,500 from NEH in 1982, followed by an $18,500 NEH fellowship in 1983 to pursue her study of Ballard’s diary. Between her college teaching job and raising five children, it took Ulrich eight years to bring Ballard’s story to light. #NEHgrant

When NEH announced its first call for grants, listed among the types of projects it wanted to support were “grants for development of humanistically oriented computer research.” During its first three grant cycles, NEH funded at least seven digital humanities projects for $98,158. (It’s not always clear from the projects’ titles if a project used computers, so the tally could be higher.) That humanists were already thinking of this way to use computers is extraordinary, considering that the first message sent on ARPANET, the precursor to the Internet, was still two years away. #NEHgrant

On September 29, President Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, establishing the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts (@neaarts) as separate, independent agencies. #NEHbirthday

The transatlantic slave trade is the largest forced migration in history. Until recently, however, it was all but impossible to measure the trade’s true dimensions: There were simply too many records among too many geographically dispersed archives. But, today, the slave trade’s broad outlines and its subtler trends can be gauged because of a remarkably collegial and tech-savvy NEH-funded project called the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. #NEHgrant #NEHbirthday

Did you know that it is our 52nd birthday on Friday? We're celebrating all week by talking about NEH projects & programs using #NEHbirthday.

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