Mini Grant Awards Announced

We’re pleased to award $8,000 to four great projects that tackle everything from support for youth information literacy to a Civil Rights History Trail celebration, and from a play that explores public health and personal freedom to a series of local history topics.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council couldn’t fund these projects without support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH provides 90% of the funding that enables us to bring great programming, support and services to the state of Wisconsin. Project sponsors match grants in their community with an average of $3 for every $1 we award.

Congratulations to these four organizations! These projects tell meaningful stories about Wisconsin and bring communities together to explore important themes. We welcome you to be a part of the story and see these projects and events.

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John Doar Civil Rights History Trail Celebration | $2,000 to City of New Richmond.

WHC awarded a mini grant to help John Doar’s hometown celebrate the late civil rights lawyer and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient with programming at the dedication of a new history trail in downtown New Richmond. Exhibits, films, and community discussions of race and civil rights issues will highlight a month long celebration culminating with the ribbon cutting weekend. This project is part of our Focus on Race and Ethnicity.

Typhoid Mary & Patient Zero: Public Health and Personal Freedom | $2,000 to TAPIT/new works, Inc. in Madison

WHC is pleased to support TAPIT/new works Inc. as it explores the intersection of public health and personal freedom, which juxtaposes true stories from the past with an imagined tale of our new future to explore how our attitudes about infectious diseases reveals our social values and thus our response to the disease. WHC funds will help support public programming associated with the project, including public discussions and workshops, some of which target healthcare workers.

Second Saturdays – Journeys Into Local History | $2,000 to Sheboygan County Historical Research Center in Plymouth

We are happy to again support SCHRC’s series of historical presentations and discussions. The series runs every second Saturday morning of the month from September to May with topics ranging from the World War I Home Front, to the Mississippi River, from Wisconsin’s Supper Club tradition to stories about the land, and hiking the Ice Age Trail to the Charles Dickens.

Speech and Debate Professional Development Workshop | $2,000 to UW-La Crosse School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education and Wisconsin High School Forensics Association in La Crosse   

In the current digital landscape, keeping up with information and media literacy can be a challenge, much less teaching it to youth. This project helps support middle and high school forensics and debate coaches in a train-the-trainer workshop designed to help teachers improve their skills in both the classroom and in support for their interscholastic forensics and debate teams. The workshop will provide teachers skills in teaching the review, synthesis and vetting of multiple source platforms; conducting interviews as a primary source; looking at ‘big picture’ historical backgrounds and contexts; and conveying the importance of topics. WHC funds will provide support for substitute teachers and travel to allow teacher attendance at the workshop.

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