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Oklahoma Humanities awards funds to statewide nonprofits

Oklahoma Humanities awards funds to statewide nonprofits

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- As the state's affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities awards grant funds to nonprofits around the state for their programs in humanities disciplines. At a recent meeting of its Board of Trustees, $42,000 was granted to diverse humanities projects.

"These projects bridge the academic disciplines like history, literature, and philosophy to the general public," said Ann Thompson, Executive Director. "They bring the human story to audiences in a variety of ways including museum exhibits, reading programs, and first-person portrayals of historic characters."

Event information is posted on the Oklahoma Humanities website calendar at: http://www.okhumanities.org/calendar. Grant applications and guidelines are available online at: http://www.okhumanities.org/grants.

Funded Projects and Offers:

Friends of the Pawnee Bill Ranch Association, Pawnee, OK – The June 2017 Pawnee Bill Wild West Show is a living history program presenting the culture and history of the American West. The historically accurate Wild West show features authentic acts and characters from the shows that toured the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Cherokee National Historical Society, Tahlequah, OK – Cross-cultural educational outreach programs will focus on the history and heritage of the Cherokee people. These annual programs reach over 150 schools and cultural institutions across Oklahoma.

McAlester Public Library, McAlester, OK – Three free public presentations of the “Riders on the Orphan Train” program will highlight the history of the thousands of unwanted children who were brought by train to Oklahoma in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The programs in McAlester, Idabel, and Poteau will combine live music, storytelling, videos, an informal lecture, and an audience Q&A.

The Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA – Free screenings and panel discussions of the acclaimed documentary film Children of the Civil Rights will take place in Tulsa and Guthrie in February 2017. The film depicts the students who participated in the Oklahoma City lunch counter sit-in movement of the late 1950s and early 1960s, several of whom will participate in the panel discussions.

Southern Prairie Library System, Altus, OK – The 2017 Altus Chautauqua is a living history program that will present and interpret the theme “Cowboys and Cattle Trails.” This community-wide event held at the Altus Public Library, the Museum of the Western Prairie, and Western Oklahoma State College will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Chisolm Trail. The events will feature workshops, discussions, and portrayals of figures such as Jesse Chisolm, Judge Isaac Parker, and more, from May 30 to June 3, 2017.

Tulsa Chautauqua, Tulsa, OK – The 2017 Oklahoma Chautauqua in Tulsa is a living history program that will present and interpret the theme “Cowboys and Cattle Trails.” This community-wide event held at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Chisolm Trail. The events will feature workshops, discussions, and portrayals of figures such as Jesse Chisolm, Judge Isaac Parker, and more, from June 6 to June 10, 2017.

Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Enid, OK – The 2017 Enid Chautauqua is a living history program that will present and interpret the theme “Cowboys and Cattle Trails.” This community-wide event held at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Chisolm Trail. The events will feature workshops, discussions, and portrayals of figures such as Jesse Chisolm, Judge Isaac Parker, and more, from June 13 to June 17, 2017.

Friends of the Lawton Public Library, Lawton, OK – The 2017 Lawton Chautauqua is a living history program that will present and interpret the theme “Cowboys and Cattle Trails.” This community-wide event held at the Museum of the Great Plains and the Lawton City Hall Auditorium will coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Chisolm Trail. The events will feature workshops, discussions, and portrayals of figures such as Jesse Chisolm, Judge Isaac Parker, and more, from June 20 to June 24, 2017.