Humanities Council awards grants totaling more than $112,000

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Humanities Council recently awarded 24 grants totaling $112,019.

Associate Director Mary Yager says the purpose of the NHC is to cultivate an understanding of our history and culture for the people of Nebraska. Major grants are awarded twice a year, once in spring and once in fall.

Fall recipients include the Nebraska State Historical Society and the African Culture Connection. Yager says another recipient, Emerging Terrain, received a grant to do research and planning for an exhibition of land use in Sarpy County.

"They're studying land use from pre-settlement to the present, using aerial photography, interviews with residents and they will be putting together an exhibition for 2013. So that's something to keep an eye on down the road."

In addition to the major grants, which total $1500 or more apiece, the NHC also offers mini-grants six times a year. Yager says this means there is an opportunity to apply for a grant for a humanities project all year round.

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