The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today that it will award $29 million in grants to 215 humanities projects across the country. This round of funding, NEH’s third and last for the 2019 fiscal year, will support collaborative research, the digitization of archives, educational initiatives, preservation efforts, and public programming at large institutions such as George Washington University and small organizations such as the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society in forty-five states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
“NEH grants help strengthen and sustain American cultural life, in communities, at museums, libraries, and historic sites, and in classrooms,” said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. “As the nation prepares to commemorate its two-hundred and fiftieth anniversary in 2026, NEH is proud to help lay the foundations for public engagement with America’s past by funding projects that safeguard cultural heritage and advance our understanding of the events, ideas, and people that have shaped our nation.” The NEH has survived numerous attempts by President Trump to defund the agency. The Trump administration has also repeatedly threatened to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
The grants include funding for the publication of papers from presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, as well as the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt; upgrades to the storage areas at Taliesin West—the winter home and architectural laboratory of Frank Lloyd Wright, in Scottsdale, Arizona—and the Detroit Institute of the Arts; an overhaul of the conservation facilities at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester; and Rhizome Communications, Inc.’s reconstruction of “The Thing”—which originated in 1991 as a Bulletin Board System (BBS), an early type of online forum that focused on contemporary art and cultural theory.