ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.
Their Summer Institute projects allow K12 educators an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K12 education. Participants receive a certificate upon completion of the program, but the programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses.
The Heinz History Center links the past, understanding in the present, and guidance for the future by preserving regional history and presenting the American experience with a Western Pennsylvania connection. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the History Center is the largest history museum in Pennsylvania. The 350,000 sq. ft. museum features six floors of long-term and changing exhibition space, including the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, a dynamic museum-within-a-museum, and visible collections storage and conservation areas.
The History Center produces a wide range of teaching resources, which are housed on the Smithsonian Learning Lab platform. All of these resources include the use of primary sources and tools for analyzing and interpreting history in the classroom using museum collections.
The History Center shares compelling stories from American history through the lens of Western Pennsylvania experiences using an extensive collections of objects and archival material from the region. The History Center's collections contains powerful stories of immigration to the area, captured in objects, documents, images, and oral histories, with a particular focus on Italian American, Jewish, and Eastern European stories from the early to mid 20th century.
The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire.