Making the Leap with the NEH
In 2017, the Chapman Center for Rural Studies project proposal was the only project in Kansas funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NEH grants supplement private and public funding to expand humanities-based resources and educational opportunities in underserved communities and institutions, supporting cutting-edge tools and technologies in humanities research and innovative digital projects for public audiences. NEH funding also helps preserve important objects and collections representing America's cultural heritage.
The Chapman Center was awarded a $100,000 Humanities Access Grant to help rural historical societies and museums in Kansas with professional planning in collections, preservation, and programming. The two-year project will help develop plans for success in small Kansas museums. It also can have a powerful impact in solidifying local identity.
4 Kansas State University graduate students were selected. They are being trained as consultants with tools in museum planning as well as management and civic discourse. These funded graduate students will work with these 8 unique Kansas pilot organizations to develop plans for fundraising, exhibitions, public programming, and preservation. One of the program outcomes is the development of these four highly skilled, capable young men and women who are prepared to help other rural communities as professionals, as leaders and community activists.
To view the communities selected, visit our Pilot Communities page. The programs were selected based on a balance of the needs of the museums with the time and talents of the graduate students. The primary work will be museum planning through implementation of the American Association for State and Local History's Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (StEPS).
NEH funds will be matched by the Chapman Center, provided by charitable gifts to Kansas State University via the Kansas State University Foundation.