Announcing Mini-Grant Awards

We are excited to announce the fall round of Mini-grant awards!

Is there something in the air? Maybe a cool whisper that suggests the seasons are shifting. Maybe it is a youthful nostalgia to dive into the next phase of learning, or the sense that there will be time and space for reading and reflecting in the coming months?

Something about these six projects makes us, at least, excited about the power of words, ideas, and the visionary thinkers who influence us all. These projects offer a collection of history and book discussions, play readings, and poetry events to satisfy all our bookish tendencies. Details will be listed, as always, on our Calendar of Events. Enjoy!

And, please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues and then share this announcement with a friend. 


Mini-grants given in August totaling $7,700

Mini_Grants_August2015Abraham and Mary Lincoln: Their World of Spiritualism and Mystery | $800 awarded to Sheboygan County Historical Research Center

Developed in response to requests for programs about the Civil War era, this series of four presentations in October will explore the role that Spiritualism played in the lives of the Lincolns.  Presenter Steven Rogstad will describe their psychologies of death, dreams and omens, ghosts, paranormal events, and other topics.  Programs will take place at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum in Sheboygan. 


Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival | $900 awarded to Friends of Lorine Niedecker

On October 16 and 17, Fort Atkinson will again host this annual festival that celebrates the community’s famous poet, Wisconsin poets, and poetry in general.  Free readings, Niedecker exhibits and archive materials at the Hoard Museum and the Dwight Foster Public Library, lectures, and round-table discussions will explore the impact of place, shared Wisconsin experiences, and the politics and culture of poets and poetry. 


Chekov Play Reading Series | $2,000 awarded to Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre

From January to April 2016, the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre will offer its first lecture and play reading series of the five full-length plays of Anton Chekov.  The five free events will begin with lectures by humanities expert Cathy Meils focusing on specific topics, including Russian society, Russian history, Russian theatrical literature, and Chekov’s biography.  The series complements the production of the Tony-award winning play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” scheduled for May 2016.


Booktoberfest 2015 | $500 awarded to Greendale Public Library Foundation

As part of the inaugural Booktoberfest, novelist Ashley Weaver will conduct seminars at Greendale High School on October 16 and will make a free, public presentation at the Greendale Community Learning Center on the evening of October 17. 


The Holocaust in Global Perspective | $1,500 awarded to Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center

In October 2015 and January 2016, humanities scholars will present two public lectures and facilitate a book discussion focusing on Argentina’s connection to the Holocaust.  The events are part of a new educational series that will explore Holocaust memory and history in different countries.  These programs complement the exhibit “Southern Exposure:  The Jews of Argentina,” featured at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, a project partner, from October to January. 


Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books | $2,000 awarded to University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Foundation

Held at UW-Waukesha November 6-7, the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is a free, intergenerational community celebration of literacy and the arts.  The 2015 theme, “Words for a Lifetime,” will embrace the works that stay with us and those that change as we change.  Milwaukee-based poet Dasha Kelly and nonfiction writer Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff will make keynote presentations. 


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Earlier this month, the WHC board was hosted on the Menominee Reservation for a memorable tour of the forestSix mini-grants given in May total over $11,000.Our next grant deadlines are November 1st and December 15th. Here are some tips for writing successful applications.


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