The National Endowment for the Humanities recently awarded more than $ 400,000 in grants to two Alabama institutions to help them recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.
The Sloss Furnaces Foundation, Inc. of Birmingham and the University of Southern Alabama at Mobile have been selected to receive more than $ 87.8 million from the Biden administration as part of the bailout American.
Sloss Furnaces will get $ 9,654, while the United States will get $ 453,394, according to a statement.
The United States will use their grant money to help retain and hire staff at the McCall Library and the United States Museum of Archeology. This is part of an ongoing project titled “Community History in Southern Alabama: Preserving and Sharing the Stories of Minority Alabamians.”
The goal of the project is to use staff to help process and digitize the community-based oral history collections at the library. The project also wants to help produce educational material, an exhibition and programming at the museum.
In Birmingham, Sloss Furnaces will use their money to help revive the classroom and other tours of the National Historic Landmark.
“These new grants will provide a lifeline for colleges and universities, museums, libraries, archives, historic sites and societies across the country,” NEH Acting Chairman Adam Wolfson said in the statement.
All 50 US states have received grants for various projects, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
The NEH was established in 1965 as an independent federal agency, aimed at supporting research and learning in the fields of the humanities.