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Tue, March 13 2018
Idaho Humanities Council Awards $47,646 in Grants

The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, awarded $47,646 in grants to organizations and individuals at its winter board meeting in Boise. Twenty-nine awards include eighteen grants for public humanities programs and eleven Teacher Incentive Grants.  The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The following projects were funded:

Public Programs:

Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Boise, was awarded $4,000 to help support a gallery exhibit which will feature environmental black and white photographs of Basque immigrant women.  An exhibit opening in 2019 will feature a panel of immigrant women sharing their experiences.  The project director is Patty Miller.

Boise State University, Boise, was awarded $3,000 for a summit focusing on ways to be constructively engaged and informed in sometimes polarizing local and national situations.  In addition to panel discussions and keynote addresses, the summit will feature the premiere of Civil Idaho, a brief documentary about the efforts made in 2016-17 to engage the Treasure Valley in a broader conversation about civility.  The project director is Justin Vaughn.  

Challis Public Library, Challis, received $1,600 to host local artist Jim Stark to teach and inspire writers and photographers of all skills in a three-day workshop.  He offers a perspective of being an artist from a small town.  Stark will share his photographs and writing with the public and participants will display and share their own work at an Open House at the end of the workshop.  The project director is Rebecca Mitchell.

City Club of Boise, Boise, received $1,000 to help support the development of a new annual program on Human Rights to honor the late founding City Club board member and human rights activist Marilyn Shuler. They plan for The  Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Forum (MSHRF) to be an evening program with national speakers. The project director is Morgan Keating.  

Confluence Press, Clarkston, was awarded $3,000 to help support the 2018 One Book program.  This year's selected book is Idaho by Emily Ruskovich. Ruskovich will spend a four-day residency in the area, presenting several programs discussing her book throughout the region.  The project director is Jennifer Ashby.

Death Rattle Writers Festival, Nampa, received $1,200 to help support the 2018 two-day festival featuring poets, novelists, playwrights, storytellers, hip-hop artists and musicians from both emerging and professional communities.  The project director is Zachary Reeder.

Idaho Latino Scholarship Foundation, Inc., Boise, received $2,000 for a series of public presentations based on the book "Nuestros Corridos: Latinos in Idaho -  Idaho Latino History through Song & Word - 1863-2013." Accomplished musicians and composers Juan Manuel Barco, Seattle, and Bonifacio "Bodie" Dominguez, Lewiston, will present in Mountain Home and Twin Falls, with a culminating Corrido Concert at the Hispanic Cultural Center in Nampa.  The project director is Ana Maria Schachtell.

Idaho State Historical Society, Boise, was awarded $1,430 to develop an exhibit at the Old Idaho Penitentiary state historic site.  Faces of the Old Idaho Penitentiary will explore the diversity of Idaho’s prison population during the site’s 101 years of operation.  Visitors will explore the ways in which laws affected the customs of various Idaho citizens, and how the prison adapted to disabilities, gender, and age considerations.  The project director is Jacey Brain.

Idaho State University, Pocatello, received $1,500 to bring Roberta Rosenberg, award-winning editor of "Service Learning in Literary Studies in English" to Pocatello for a public talk and forum to connect university and K-12 teachers with community stakeholders who are interested in developing service learning collaborations. The project director is Jessica Winston

Idaho State University, Pocatello, was awarded $850 to bring immigration attorney Melanie Gleason to campus to discuss immigration issues.  Gleason will provide insight into the complex immigration system and the human condition of those seeking entry into the United States.  The project director is Shane Gleason.  

Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, Lewiston, was awarded $2,500 to develop “Town & Gown,” an exhibit examining the relationship the college has fostered with the community of Lewiston over the course of the institution’s 125 year history.  They will host a series of lectures and panels to accompany the exhibit.  The project director is Debra Fitzgerald.

Malad Valley Welsh Foundation, Malad City, received $1,800 to help support presenters at the 2018 Malad Valley Welsh Festival.  Lucie Thomas Washburn will present the history and culture of Wales, Carla Kelly will discuss the process used to research her second historical fiction book about Welsh miners, and Annette Davis Elcock and Mary Alice Christophersen Telford will provide an introduction to Wales annual eisteddfod, the poetry and music competition.  The project director is Gloria Jean Thomas.  

Museum of Idaho, Idaho Falls, was awarded $6,000 to bring the exhibit "The Power of Steampunk," to Idaho Falls.  The exhibit showcases the cultural phenomenon known as steampunk which is influenced by 19th century authors and Victorian aesthetics combined to bring history, technology, culture and STEAM education to the region. The project director is Kimberly Lee

Sam Rodius Memorial Park Association, Coeur d’ Alene, was awarded $1,976 to capture the oral histories of Cougar Gulch and the Meadowbrook Community Hall.  Sponsors note that Cougar Gulch was isolated from Coeur d’ Alene by the Spokane River and its residents have a distinct history.  The project director is Courtney Beebe.

Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center, Inc., Hailey, received $2,000 to invite Sofian Khan and Andrés Caballero (Gaucho del Norte) and Carolyn Dufurrena Sheepherders with Cell Phones) to screen their films at the 2018 Trailing of the Sheep Festival.  The first film follows the path of sheep herders coming to the United States and the second examines how cell phones have changed the lives of sheep herders in isolated ranges.  The project director is Laura Drake.  

Twin Falls County Historical Society Museum, Filer, was awarded $2,000 to help support a series of educational field trips to several local landmarks. Led by archaeologists and presenters from the Preservation Commisssion, participants will visit the Milner Dam area, the Artesian City, Cauldron Linn, and the Hagerman Fossil beds.  The project director is Laurie Warren.  

University of Idaho, Moscow, received $1,000 to collect oral histories about the former Riverside Dance Hall in Potlatch, Idaho, once host to Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Duke Ellington. Serving as the town’s cultural center for many years, the goal is to explore the dynamics that have sustained Potlatch since its mill closed for good in 1981. The project director is Diane Kelly-Riley.  

Wallace District Mining Museum, Wallace, was awarded $1,000 to develop an exhibit highlighting the cultural diversity of the miners and their communities in the Coeur d' Alene region.  The exhibit will include several artifacts and will explore the cultural differences of the miners from Italy, Ireland, Scotland, and Finland.  The project director is Tammy Copelan


Jeffrey Keller, American Heritage Charter School, Idaho Falls, was awarded $1,000 to support a field trip for the 8th grade class to visit the Minidoka National Historic Site in Jerome County, Idaho.  The project director is Jeffrey Keller.

Ashley Mayes, Riggins, received $800 for a program titled Words on Wheels.  The school library program is designed to promote literacy by bringing the library to students through a mobile cart, providing them with greater exposure and opportunity to select and read books.  The project director is Ashley Mayes.  

Robert McMichael, Cambridge High School, Cambridge, was awarded $1,000 to help support a student book about the history and present-day agricultural world of the surrounding area. The book builds on the school’s recently published oral history of the valley, focusing on how agriculture has shaped the community.  The project director is Robert McMichael.  

Garden City Library Foundation, Garden City, was awarded $1,000 to continue its  mobile literacy outreach program, reaching more than 1,000 children and their families, and circulating over 6,000 books. The project director is Adrienne Trapani.  

Hailey Public Library, Hailey, received $1,000 to build culture kits to include in their circulating materials.  Patrons will learn about and experience our world’s communities through books, DVDs, music, indigenous dress, toys, etc.  The project director is LeAnn Gelskey

 Angie Fraas, Hillsdale Elementary, Meridian, was awarded $750 to host “Wagon’s Ho,” a program designed to help students experience what life was like for pioneers in Idaho, reinforcing their year-long Idaho history study. Students visit 12 stations where they churn butter, wash clothes, build a fire, saw logs and experience many other hands on activities. The project director is Angie Fraas

Kathryn Milburn, ICON School, Boise, received $1,000 to support her participation in the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge teacher seminar about the Civil Rights Movement. The seminar will provide her with primary source and curricular material to integrate into her American History course.  The project director is Kathryn Milburn

Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology, Boise, was awarded $800 to support the 2018 Rock Party, an educational hands-on museum event for students and families.  Participants visit the museum and explore hands-on activity stations focusing on Idaho’s historic mining, fossils and geology. The project director is Shirley Ewing.  

Jamessa Williams, Webster Elementary School, Lewiston, received $940 for a student book project.  Each student’s individual book will highlight their history, traditions, triumphs and joys, celebrating them as an individual.  The project’s goal is to help them connect to each other, to the community and the nation. The project director is Jamessa Williams.

NEW Leadership Idaho - Boise State University, Boise, was awarded $750 to support diversity and leadership training for women undergraduates.  The workshops will explore diversity, leadership styles, conflict management, implicit bias, public speaking, and more.  The project director is Cathe Scott.

Syringa Mountain School, Hailey, was awarded $750 for a two-day field trip visiting the Boise Capitol, museum, and Old Penitentiary, and a two-day field trip to the Yankee Fork dredge, ghost towns of Bonanza and Bay Horse, and the Sacajawea Cultural Center.  The trips are the culmination of the year-long Idaho history curriculum.  The project director is Angela Grant.  

The Next Deadline for IHC Grants:

The next deadline for Idaho Humanities Council grant proposals is September 15, 2018.  IHC strongly recommends that prospective applicants contact staff to discuss their project ideas before completing proposals. Grant guidelines and application instructions are available on IHC’s website at, or by calling (208) 345-5346.

contact: Cindy Wang
phone: (208) 345-5346
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