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January 2018


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Democracy and the Informed Citizen

We are very excited to announce that we are the recipient of a $30,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" Initiative! The initiative seeks to deepen the public's knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Public programs will start in early 2018.

Thank you to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils for your generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for your partnership.

Grant Deadlines

Humanities Montana's next grant application deadline is April 20, 2018 for regular grants (over $1,000).

Opportunity grants are available for up to $1,000. These quick-action grants are especially helpful for new or emerging humanities projects in smaller communities.

Event Calendar

Visit our online calendar to find out about upcoming Humanities Montana-sponsored events.


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Humanities Montana strives to enrich the lives of all Montanans by fostering inquiry and stimulating civil and informed conversations about the human experience.

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311 Brantly
Missoula, MT, 59812-7848

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Humanities Montana Board Meets in Missoula January

Humanities Montana's board of directors will meet in Missoula Friday, January 19 and Saturday, January 20 in the Payne Family Native American Center, Room 105, at the University of Montana.

The board will review grant proposals, plan for an active year of fundraising, look ahead to the Governor's Humanities Awards in January, 2019, anticipate electing new board members, and review upcoming programs focused on the role of news media in our culture, as well as plans for Hometown Humanities. Board meetings are open to the public.

Join Community Conversation on "Fake News" January 18 in Missoula

As a prelude to our board meeting, Humanities Montana will host Fake News in a Post-Truth Era, an interactive discussion featuring input from Kathy Best, editor of The Missoulian, Dennis Swibold, professor of journalism at the University of Montana, and Jaci Wilkinson, web services librarian at UM's Mansfield Library. The discussion will be moderated by William Marcus, past director of UM's Broadcast Media Center, and former Humanities Montana board chair.

Please join us on Thursday, January 18 at 6:00 pm at Imagine Nation Brewing. This event is free and open to the public.

Letters About Literature — Deadline January 12

Montana's Center for the Book, a program of Humanities Montana, will be giving Montana students a chance to submit to the national Letters About Literature competition again this year.

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. Students are asked to read a book, poem, or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one national winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one national honor recipient per competition level to receive a $200 cash award.

Having students write to authors is a great way for teachers to get kids more deeply engaged as readers, and LAL encourages those students' passion, reflection, and responses. The Library of Congress provides schools with a teaching guide to help get kids writing. Students can enter themselves or teachers can send in their submissions using these guidelines.


• Level 1: Grades 4, 5 and 6

• Level 2: Grades 7 and 8

• Level 3: Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12

Deadline (all competition levels): January 12, 2018

Hometown Humanities Sidney Features Living History and Poetry

Montana Conversation presenter Greg Smith will be visiting area schools and the MonDak Heritage Center in January with his program, A Visit with an 1879 American Fur Company Trader. Smith brings to life the adventures and stories of James W. Schultz through the fictitious character of Jim Deakins. The year is 1879 and Jim Deakins leads participants through the hunting of the last of the great bison herds, tells stories about encounters with the Blackfeet and their enemy the Crow, and shares his thoughts on that "foolishness" called Yellowstone National Park. The MonDak Heritage Center presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 7:00 pm.

In February look for details about a variety of spring literary programs and writing workshops as the MonDak Center and area schools celebrate National Poetry Month!

Montanans Receive Major Grants from National Endowment for the Humanities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded grants to these Montanans to conduct important research and curriculum development— congratulations on receiving these prestigious awards and thanks for making a difference for us all!

Molly Kruckenberg, Montana Historical Society, Common Heritage grant for $12,000 for the project "Drill Rigs and Grain Silos: Harvesting Food History to Capture the Culture of a Community in Change"

Claire Arcenas, University of Montana, a Fellowship grant for $50,400 to conduct research on "The Influence of Philosopher John Locke (1632-1704) on American Thought and Culture"

Sterling Schildt, Blackfeet Community College, Tribal College Humanities Initiatives grant for $100,000 for the project "Enhancing Curriculum with Blackfeet Language and Culture"

Donna McCrea, University of Montana, Preservation Assistance grant for $3,414 for the project "Preservation Rehousing of Film Collections at the University of Montana"

Humanities Discussions Available for Veterans

The Coming Home project offers military veterans the opportunity to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war on the warrior as she or he returns home. The project coordinates dialogues between veterans, using sources in philosophy, history, poetry, and literature to spur discussion. Trained facilitators lead each discussion, and source material ranges from antiquity to the present, with a focus on World War I and the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Veterans can register for more information by going here.

Apply for NEH Teachers' Seminars by February 22

Montana teachers have an opportunity to study with some of the nation's best scholars in fascinating settings this summer. The National Endowment for the Humanities offers summer seminars and institutes at locations around the country.

This year's topics include "Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences" and "The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, History, and Culture of the Mississippi Delta." Successful applicants receive financial support to join a learning community for up to two months.

The deadline for applications is February 22. Go here to learn much more.

MAPS Media Institute Receives National Recognition

Congratulations to the MAPS Media Institute in Hamilton for being recognized with a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award during a ceremony in Washington D.C. in early November.

Media Arts in the Public Schools offers cutting-edge training in film and the visual arts for high school students. The late founder Peter Rosten created MAPS to instill confidence, skills, and a cooperative spirit in Montana youth. The organization joins 11 others recognized through this effort to encourage creativity and civic commitment among our nation's young people.

In Memoriam: David Heuck

Montana and Wyoming lost an extraordinary man when David Heuck passed away November 21. A true Renaissance man, David combined a keen mind, civic pride, and a deep knowledge of ranching life. Though born in California, he adopted the northern tier as his home upon joining his wife, Jenny Mathers, in working the family ranch. David served on the Montana Committee for the Humanities and many other nonprofit boards, a reflection of his commitment to his fellow citizens' well-being.

You can read much more about his rich life here. We extend our condolences to David's family and friends.

Grant Awarded:
December 2017

En-th-a-eye "Place of the Little Bull Trout" Indigenous Film Festival, Missoula Urban Indian Health Center, Missoula, $1,000: This event will offer a variety of shorts and feature films that highlight Indigenous resiliency told from an Indigenous perspective, followed by a discussion forum led by American Indian leaders within the film industry, local activists, educators, and storytellers.

Thanks to Our Generous Supporters — December 2017


Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs
Karyl Beattie
Diana Blank
Mary Jane Bradbury
Glenda Bradshaw
Dave Caserio
Jan Clinard
Jean Dahlman** in memory of David E.Heuck**
Margaret Davis**
Karen Driessen
Devin Egan
Gerald Fetz**
Duff & Marion Gerrish
Marie Habener
Betsy Hamann
Lynn Hamilton
Robert Harrison
John Hay**
Karen Henderson
Joan Hood
Raela Hulett
Nellie Israel
Doug Johnson
Mark Johnson**
Bill Kearns
Thea Koehler
Melissa Kwasny
Richard Littlebear**
Zena Beth McGlashan**
Lyndel Meikle**
Tamara Miller
Virginia Niccolucci
Lawrence Pettit**
Kathleen Ralph**
Marion Rosa
Bernard J. Rose
Brian Shovers
Chrysti M. Smith
Hal Stearns**
Karen Stevenson**
Peter Strauss
Darlene L. Strobel
Dorothea Susag
Bruce Wendt and Claire Oakley in memory of
Robert Wendt
Mardella Whitmore
Janelle Zauha


Flathead Friends of the Library, Inc.
Toole County Library

*Current Board and Staff Members
**Former Board and Staff Members