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Ohio Humanities E-News
April 2018

Want to get more out of travel? Let the humanities guide your experience.
A recent article in the Huffington Post listed ten reasons why travel is good for us. Among those reasons are that travel makes us smarter; we learn new things about ourselves, our neighbors, and our communities. Travel enlarges our sense of the world and promotes tolerance. And it helps us care about places where history is visible on the land.

Blessed with the charge of supporting cultural stewardship throughout Ohio, Ohio Humanities staff travel the state to help communities uncover their history. While a trip away from the office always has a destination and purpose, the people we meet with frequently take us to places we've not seen before and share history we did not know.

In the latest issue of Pathways magazine, we reflect on places we've explored; Ohio Chautauqua: Modern Legends, coming up in June, travels to four communities with rich heritage assets;  and our heritage travel website, SeeOhioFirst.org features curated tours and guides to make your trip more enriching. 

We hope these programs inspire you to "See Ohio First," wandering a state filled with rich traditions, deep history, and lots of friendly folks to serve as guides. Whether it's through a heritage travel experience, an insightful article in Pathways, or an engaging performance at Ohio Chautauqua, the humanities allow us to interpret our past, understand the present, and imagine our future.
Supporting great humanities programming all over Ohio.
Spring 2018 Major Grant Awards Totaling $94,040
Patriotism & Protest: Engaging our Veterans

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Voices from Ohio's Opioid Epidemic
Ohio University Research & Technology Center (RTEC)

$20,000 Athens
Holocaust Studies for Educators
Educator Workshop Series

Holocaust & Humanity Center
$20,000 Cincinnati
Summit County and the Great War: In the Words of Those Who Served

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
$14,958 Akron
Reinterpreting Cincinnati's Public Landing to Enliven the Visitor Experience

Cincinnati Museum Center
$20,000 Cincinnati
Harriet Beecher Stowe: Her Transformative Cincinnati Years

Friends of the Harriet Beecher Stowe House
$19,099 Cincinnati

Upcoming Ohio Humanities-Sponsored Events
Don't miss these free events that spark real conversations about real issues across the state.

The Athens Asylum: 150 Years of a Healing Landscape
through December 31 Exhibit and program details HERE.

This exhibit is the centerpiece of the  Southeast Ohio History Center's 9-month commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Athens Asylum. The exhibit will focus on how healing, both medical and personal, was defined at the Athens Asylum in the past, and how the Athens community can bring healing to the Asylum landscape today.

Fort Recovery Grand Re-Opening Event
May 6 @ 12 - 5 p.m.  Details HERE.

This event will be held in conjunction with the Fort Recovery State Museum 2018 Opening Day. Visitors can preview a new story map, which works with new wayside exhibits, hear interesting lectures, and view the archaeology exhibit A Battle of the Wabash and Battle of Fort Recovery.

Former Ohio Governor Charles Anderson and His Lost Gettysburg Address
May 12 @ 1:00 p.m. Details HERE.

Few remember that two famous orators shared the stage with Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg dedication. Historian David T. Dixon illuminates the life of Ohio Governor Charles Anderson and his unusual story, including his lost Gettysburg speech, which he delivered after Lincoln's masterpiece on November 19, 1863. 

Visit the Ohio Humanities calendar page for more events!
Let us help you with your public humanities program!

Major Grants | $20,000 maximum
July 13, 2018
Draft submitted by June 13 for projects beginning after November 1, 2018. Questions? Contact David Merkowitz: 

Quarterly Grants | $5,000 maximum
June 15, 2018
Draft submitted by May 15 for projects beginning after August 24, 2018.
Questions? Contact Robert Colby: rcolby@ohiohumanities.org

Monthly Grants | $2,000 maximum
Due the first business day of each month and at least eight weeks before the start date of the funded activity.  Questions? Contact Robert Colby: rcolby@ohiohumanities.org

Visit the   Ohio Humanities grants page for more information.
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History puts on a show!

Ohio Humanities presents Ohio Chautauqua 2018: Modern Legends
History has a way of catching up with us. The people who have lived within our lifetimes have now faded into memory. Some have become legends.
Ohio Chautauqua: Modern Legends features the stories of Robert F. Kennedy, Erma Bombeck, Cesar Chavez, Benjamin O. Davis Jr., and Betty Friedan--mid-twentieth century persons who left a larger-than-life imprint on the American psyche.

Ohio Chautauqua 2018 Tour
Attend an evening performance or daytime program at these tour stops:

Piqua: June 5-9 
Gallipolis: June 12-16
Rossford: June 19-23
New Richmond: June 26-30
Find out more about Ohio Chautauqua!
Real conversations about real issues in print and online.

Pathways Spring 2018
Pathways magazine is Ohio Humanities' flagship publication. Each issue delivers a humanities perspective on issues that affect the lives and engage the minds of Ohioans. By delivering richly illustrated and timely articles, Pathways helps Ohioans interpret the past, imagine the future, and define individual values.  

Spring 2018 brings our travel issue. "Wander Ohio" examines ways of travelling that help you open doors and build connections to the places you visit. Ohio offers many opportunities to get to know a place, its history, and its people--and ultimately get to know a little more about yourself. 

Find the latest issue of  Pathways   HERE !
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Upcoming Speakers Bureau Events


Mindy McGinnis "Blood, Brains, and Lobotomies"
April 19 @ 6:00 p.m.
Southeast Ohio History Center, Athens

Ric Sheffield "The Community Within: Discovering African American History in Rural Ohio"
April 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Wilberforce

Susan Talbot-Stanaway "WWI Posters: For the Hearts and Minds of Ordinary People"
April 26 @ 11:30 a.m.
Fairfield County District Library, Lancaster


Sylvia Miller "The National Road: A Ride Through Time"  
May 6 @ 2:00 p.m.
Garst Museum, Greenville

Cathy Nelson "A History of the Underground Railroad"
May 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
Dover Public Library

Ohio Humanities is seeking nominations for its Board of Directors.

The board of Ohio Humanities is comprised of scholars, community leaders and civic volunteers representing the diversity of the state. Board members share their collective wisdom with the organization by serving on committees, evaluating grant applications, and acting as liaisons with the constituents we serve. The board meets three times a year, typically in March, September, and December. Members guide the organization's strategic direction and insure it fulfills its mission to promote the humanities and create vibrant communities.  Click HERE  for more information and a nomination form.

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