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Humanities Endowment Announces New Grants Amid Old Threats

An online archive relating to the fight for women’s suffrage; preservation of the papers of the writer Eudora Welty; a project to provide public access to hundreds of hours of interviews made for the landmark civil-rights documentary “Eyes on the Prize”; and restoration of the historic Christ Church, in Philadelphia, which once counted Betsy Ross and George Washington among its members are among the recipients of new grants from the National Endowment of the Humanities.

The grants, which total $28.6 million, support 233 projects across the country, including individual scholarly projects and large institutional ones. They were announced two weeks after the Trump administration released a proposed budget for fiscal 2020 that called for closure of the agency, whose activities were described as lying outside of “core federal responsibilities.”

That proposed closure, the third effort in three years, would require Congressional action, which is widely seen as unlikely to happen. But in a statement announcing the new grants, the endowment’s chairman, Jon Parrish Peede, emphasized the broad value of its mission.

Read entire article at NY Times