Projects Funded in 2013

Zoom down the page to read about projects that received Major Grants in 2013

Mini Grant Awards given in 2013

Money and Banking Book Discussion Series | $1,482 awarded to the New Berlin Public Library
From February until May 2014, participants in this book discussion series will explore the issues, concepts, and social impacts of money. Each of four programs will focus on a different fiction or non-fiction book and feature a discussion facilitated by a humanities scholar from a local university. A representative from a local credit union will also give a presentation.

Winter History Festival | $1,000 awarded to Washburn Heritage Association
The Washburn Heritage Association is partnering with the Washburn Area Historical Society to present four programs at StageNorth Theater in Washburn. On select Tuesday nights in January, February, and March 2014, presenters will speak about the local significance of ice, the role of women in the Civil War, Washburn’s aeronautical history, and the women of the Apostle Islands. Programs intend to help newcomers to the area appreciate the strength of their neighbors’ bonds to local institutions and traditions.

Pop-Up Museum: Appleton’s African American and Civil Rights History | $2,000 awarded to The History Museum at the Castle
The History Museum at the Castle in Appleton is collaborating with the City of Appleton and African Heritage Inc. to create a traveling exhibit about African American history in the Fox Cities. Opening in June 2014 and traveling to different, and perhaps unexpected, locations throughout the region, the “pop-up museum,” a free exhibit that can “pop-up” anywhere, will engage new audiences and educate area residents about local black history.

Telling Stories | $1,082 awarded to Orchard Ridge Elementary School
For two weeks in March 2014, students at an elementary school in Madison will explore how and why stories are created and performed, passed between generations, and shared within communities. Students and their family members build on the performances of guest storytellers to create their own stories, which will be performed at a community event.

Geology Beyond Sight Museum Project | $2,000 awarded to Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
The Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired is working with the Weis Earth Science Museum in Menasha to create an exhibition exploring the history of the earth, in geologic time, using tactile elements specifically designed for all types of visitors. The collaboration increases access to arts and cultural experiences, enriches lives, and helps the blind and visually impaired learn more about themselves and the world.

On Wisconsin Lecture Series | $1,228 awarded to Monona Senior Center
The Monona Senior Center in Monona is hosting four interactive, free lectures during the fall of 2013 to bring together people of all ages in conversation about aspects of Wisconsin life and land. Scholars from UW-Whitewater will discuss Wisconsin’s Native American treaty history, folklore, water issues, and urban policing, then invite the audience to personally reflect on the topics.

Myths and Islam Presentation | $250 awarded to DeForest Area Public Library
The DeForest Area Public Library is one of 20 public libraries in Wisconsin to have received a complete set of the “Muslim Journeys” books and films curated by the National Endowment for the Humanities “Bridging Cultures” initiative. As part of the library’s public programming focused on the diverse perspectives of the people, places, histories, beliefs, practices, and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world, Dr. Debra Majeed is giving a talk on “Myths of Islam.” Dr. Majeed is a professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Beloit College.

Religion and Politics Community Dialogue | $2,000 awarded to Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service
The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service at UW-Marathon County in Wausau focuses its work on the public issues found at the intersection between community interests, faculty research, and student engagement. Philip Jenkins, author of “Laying Down the Sword: Why We Can’t Ignore the Bible’s Violent Verses,” is the guest speaker in the second annual James F. Veninga Religion and Politics Lecture Series. To encourage a deeper exploration of what he feels are religious “misunderstandings,” Jenkins will be engaging in student dialogues, joining a conversation with a nonpartisan interfaith citizen group, and leading an interfaith discussion with local clergy.

World Languages Day | $2,000 awarded to UW-Madison Language Institute
World Languages Day is an educational outreach program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute that brings high school students and teachers from around Wisconsin to the UW-Madison campus for a day of workshops, introductory lessons, and performances. Students get a taste of campus life while also getting a big-picture sense of the breadth of opportunities available and the richness of world cultures and languages.

Cornucopia Oral History DVD | $2,000.00 awarded to Cornucopia Historic Green Shed Museum
Working with musician and documentarian Bruce Burnside of Forgotten Wisdom, this tiny community in the Apostle Island area of Lake Superior is producing a DVD of the images and oral histories that tell the story of life in the area. The project will be celebrated at the annual Lake Superior Day.

“Damn Yankee Court!” Changing Laws, Changing Landscapes | $2,000.00 awarded to Crawford County Art Program of Prairie du Chien
The historic Crawford County Courthouse, the second-oldest in the state, was recently renovated to house a new exhibition about the political and social changes that transformed Wisconsin from a frontier fur trade community into a contemporary American society.

The Irish in Janesville | $2,000.00 awarded to Rock County Historical Society
The Rock County Historical Society partnered with other Janesville nonprofits on the first annual Janesville Irish Fest to produce a book, a documentary film, and an exhibition about what the cultural group contributed to Janesville, a city that once had the second-highest population of Irish in the state.

Heritage Days: Get Hooked on History! | $2,000.00 awarded to The Friends of Fred Smith, Inc. (FoFS) of Phillips
The Wisconsin Concrete Park in Phillips is working with 11 area history, art and school groups to use Fred Smith’s concrete sculptures to bring regional history to life for fourth grade students and the general public with interactive stations, historical reenactments, music, and demonstrations.

Celebrating the Settlement Cookbook | $2,000.00 awarded to Milwaukee County Historical Society
In honor of Milwaukee native Lizzie Black Kander and her influential cookbook published in 1901, the Milwaukee County Historical Society is producing a series of programs, including a lecture on the politics of cookbooks, an event with a local chef highlighting modern interpretations of old recipes, and “pop-up” exhibit where audience members bring their own copies of the cookbook and share stories.

Take Cover Neenah!: Backyard Fallout Shelters in Cold War America | $2,000.00 awarded to Neenah Historical Society
Inspired by the recent excavation of a remarkably intact family fallout shelter in a Neenah backyard, the Neenah Historical Society is recreating a full-scale replica of the shelter, as well as an exhibition with objects, photos and media to give visitors a sense of how the Cold War influenced normal family life during the early 1960s.

Black Knowledge Bowl 5 | $2,000.00 awarded to Social Development Foundation of Milwaukee
This annual one-day event offers teams of local youth the opportunity to compete for prizes based on their knowledge of influential African American researchers, government leaders, medical professionals, businessmen, writers, educators, inventors, and civil rights leaders. To enrich the experience, the day also includes an art activity and theater performance, both focused on a particular era of U.S. history.

Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Its Impact on WWII and the Cold War | $1,996.00 awarded to Kewaunee Public Library
The Kewaunee Public Library, the Outagamie Waupaca Library System Memory Project, and the Kewaunee County Historical Museum are working together to preserve the photos and history of Kewaunee Shipbuilding and Engineering, established in 1941, and its important contributions, including the building of a Navy intelligence ship captured by North Korean forces in 1968 called the USS Pueblo.

Galvanized: Reasons to Rebel | $1,631.00 awarded to Waunakee Public Library
This series of speaker events highlights a variety of historical rebels, including some of low standing who had much reason to rebel, some whose rebellion propelled them to be respected leaders, some who used military or political power, and others whose infectious personality started a movement.

Major Grants Awarded in 2013

Lotilihwakayu’se Lotikwana’ta: They Have Old Matters/Ways, Our Elders | $4,655 awarded to the Oneida Nation High School
The Oneida Nation High School is leading an effort to connect adolescents with elders for meaningful conversations about the continuity of culture and community. By asking questions like “What did you east at home? How did your grandmother greet you? What advice would you like to give me?” the interactions are meant to illicit memories of what has happened, as well as hope for what is to come. The interviews will be filmed to produce clips that can be used to produce a documentary film.

The Barn Builders | $8,582 awarded to the Richland County Historical Society (and Fourth Wall Films)                                                             This new historical documentary will tell the story behind many of Wisconsin’s barns by examining the variation in architectural styles used from early settlement through the early 20th century. By focusing on the diversity of people who planned and constructed barns, including do-it-yourself craftsmen to professional builders, the film will humanize the state’s agricultural architecture and landscape. Interviews with experts, such as Jerry Apps, William Tischler, Jim Draeger and Nancy Schumm, will be paired with historic photos and modern footage to add new content to the exploration of barns in the Upper Midwest.

Bringing it Home: A Convening | $10,000 awarded to the Chippewa Valley Museum (and Teachers of Local Culture)
Wisconsin Teachers of Local Culture is a network of agencies and educators dedicated to the importance of local cultural studies. They work to spread an understanding for how to use interdisciplinary, holistic teaching approaches by supporting resource development and training teachers, particularly as participants of annual Here at Come cultural immersion tours. The “Bringing it Home” three-day gathering will allow past participants and other stakeholders from across Wisconsin to share ideas and strategies for effectively infusing local content into the education system. A first of its kind convening, the group will publish a “road map” to increase awareness in larger education and cultural circles.

Racial Repair and Reconciliation: Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. James | $10,000 awarded to the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation, Inc. (and America’s Black Holocaust Museum)
America’s Black Holocaust Museum is working with the Milwaukee Public Library, as well as other community organizations, to plan a public program featuring national and regional experts on racism and race relations today. The goal is to offer both hope and inspiration by offering a model for racial healing that can be used to impact participants and ultimately the city and the nation. Following the event, two exhibits will be added to America’s Black Holocaust virtual museum at

These Canoes Carry Culture: Birchbark Canoe Building for At-Risk Youth | $10,000 awarded to Goodman Community Center of Madison’s Seed to Table Program
At risk youth from Lac du Flambeau program called ENVISION and the Goodman Community Center in Madison’s Seed to Table program are working with Mr. Wayne Valliere, an Ojibwe language and culture teacher, to build a birchbark canoe. The youth harvest the materials themselves then work together regularly for 2-3 days at a time to complete the process while getting to know each other and the Native cultures of Wisconsin better.

Serve2Unite: Creating School Cultures of Respect and Support | $10,000 awarded to Arts at Large, Inc of Milwaukee
Partnering with Serve2Unite, Arts @ Large is collaborating with students, teachers, and families throughout the Milwaukee Public Schools to research and develop service projects that address the causes of bullying and violence in the schools and the city. Students create projects and become agents of social wellness in their communities.

Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival | $10,000 awarded to the Tri-County Community Center, Inc.
Named for author and Edgerton-area native Sterling North, the festival connects hundreds of readers throughout southern and central Wisconsin with featured regional and national authors. The festival also collaborates with the Edgerton School District and the Edgerton Public Library to promote literacy through various activities.

The Belle of Amherst Poetry Project | $9,550 awarded to Renaissance Theaterworks of Milwaukee
“The Belle of Amherst” is a play that illuminates the ideas and poems of Emily Dickenson by inviting the audience to be dramatically transported to the poet’s parlor in Massachusetts 1883. The play is presented by the Milwaukee Theater company alongside a community poetry project that includes workshops for adults and children and a free late-night poetry performance series.

Stitching History After the Holocaust: The Life of Hedvika Strnad | $10,000.00 awarded to Jewish Museum Milwaukee
The Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibition tells the story of a dressmaker who was living in Nazi occupied Prague and sent her dress patterns to a relative in Milwaukee in hopes of escaping to the U.S. Though she did not survive, her recreated dresses will be part of this exploration of how surviving family records serve as entry points into history.

Beyond the Veil: Dress, Identity, and Tradition through the Eyes of Muslim Women | $10,000.00 awarded to Milwaukee Public Museum
The Milwaukee Public Museum, in partnership with the Arab and Muslim Women’s Research and Resource Institute (AMWRRI), is creating an exhibition on Muslim women’s dress from different parts of the world, and the meanings behind them, to represent the diversity of Muslim communities living in the Milwaukee area.

“To Be!” Shakespeare Here and Now | $10,000.00 awarded to Optimist Theatre of Milwaukee
“To Be!” is a first-person interactive experience with William Shakespeare for schools and libraries all over the state, making the language, history and culture of Shakespeare relevant, exciting and accessible.

Native American Cinema: A Contemporary Storytelling Tradition | $10,000.00 awarded to UW-Green Bay
UW-Green Bay is extending the reach of the First Nations Studies program with a weekend of programs for the community, including film screenings and workshops, aimed at opening up conversations about the representation of Native Americans in popular culture and mass media.

Community of Life: Our Evolving Relationship with the Land | $9,793.00 awarded to Friends of the Center Alliance Limited (FOCAL) of Ashland
The Great Lakes Northern Visitors Center and Northland College will host an exhibition, as well as a presentation and panel discussion, that explore how humans and other species have lived and interacted in the Lake Superior region throughout time.