Idaho Humanities Council awards $115,122 in grants

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The Idaho Humanities Council, the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, recently awarded $115,122 in grants to organizations and individuals.

Forty-two awards include 25 major grants for public humanities programs, two research fellowships, six Opportunity Grants, four Teacher Incentive Grants, three Museum on Main Street programming grants, and two other funded program partnerships. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Idaho Humanities Council’s Endowment for Humanities Education.

In North Idaho, major grants were received by:

• The Idaho Mythweaver, Inc., Sandpoint, was awarded $2,500 for “Wisdom of the Ancestors,” the preservation of oral histories of Nez Perce elders that were recorded from 1989-2003. Jane Fritz, the original interviewer of several recordings will reformat the recordings into digital audio files.

• North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, was awarded $4,000 to support the keynote speaker at the 2020 Diversity Symposium, the college’s capstone diversity event. The 2020 keynote speaker will be Sammy Rangel, executive director and co-founder of Life After Hate and the author of “Fourbears: The Myths of Forgiveness”.

• Northern Pacific Depot Foundation, Wallace, was awarded $3,000 for the exhibit “Women’s Rights, Bikes, and Bloomers.” The exhibit will feature fashions, transportation means, and photographs of the era. The exhibit will also encourage bicycle rides and feature several public presentations.

• Wallace District Mining Museum, Wallace, was awarded $1,250 for the exhibit “The Buffalo Soldiers and their Role in the Coeur d’Alene.” The exhibit will include photos, journal entries, artifacts, digital frames and books. A companion brochure will also be developed. In North Idaho, Opportunity Grants were presented to:

• Priest Lake Museum Association, Coolin, was awarded $1,000 to support a presentation by Jack Nisbet about John Lieberg, a surveyor of the Priest River Forest Reserve. The presentation was part of the Priest Lake Heritage Speakers Bureau. Other speakers in the series include Kris Smith on the myths surrounding the lake, illustrating the importance of primary sources and interpreting history; Doni Guyer on the Linger Longer Resort; and Robert Bond on the birds of Priest Lake.

In North Idaho, Teacher Incentive Grants were received by:

• Kirsten Pmerantz, Lake City High School, Coeur d Alene, was awarded $800 to purchase kits that provide several puzzles and activities for students to more closely examine the literature assigned by teachers. They will be used for curriculum in the American Voices, Survival, and Civil Rights unit for ninth graders

• Pend Oreille Arts Council, Sandpoint, was awarded $658 to bring Living Voices “Hear My Voice” to Sandpoint. They will present a program on the suffragist movement to students during five school performances and one public evening performance for the community. The next deadline for Idaho Humanities Council grant proposals, including Research Fellowship Applications, is December 15, 2019 for the initial application, and January 15, 2020 for the final submission. 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.

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