Image Credit: Birthday Cake, by Will Clayton, via Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0) license

Image Credit: Birthday Cake, by Will Clayton, via Flickr Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0) license

The American Library Association (ALA), in a press release, has congratulated the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which was founded on Sept. 29, 1965, on its 50th anniversary. ALA states: “As institutions that champion lifelong learning for all people, libraries benefit every day from NEH’s outstanding work…ALA is extremely grateful to NEH for providing our communities with much-needed opportunities to connect, inspire curiosity, and learn about our shared histories.” The release highlights current ALA public programming intitives made possible by NEH funding including (directly quoted):

  • Latino Americans: 500 Years of History supports the exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country’s largest minority group. Programming is currently underway at 203 libraries, museums, humanities councils and other sites nationwide.
  • Dust, Drought, and Dreams Gone Dry explores the causes and consequences of the Dust Bowl through oral histories, essays, letters and photographs. The traveling exhibition is on tour to 25 libraries nationwide.
  • Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, examines two great people’s movements and their profound impact on the American experience. The traveling exhibition is on tour to 50 libraries, museums and historical societies.

Look here for 50 years of NEH grants.

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