Monday, September 12, 2005

Preservation Organizations

The History Channel is delighted to announce the recipients of Save Our History National Grants for the 2004-2005 grant cycle. This year, The History Channel will award $256,385.00 in grants to 29 history organizations across the country. The Save Our History Grant Review Panel faced a difficult task and ultimately identified the following 29 projects from a pool of 699 applicants, unanimously agreeing that they were unique, well-crafted, and most reflective of the goals and objectives of The History Channel Save Our History Program.We congratulate the recipients of the inaugural History Channel Save Our History National Grants and look forward to hearing about their Save Our History projects as they progress.History OrganizationAmerican Swedish InstituteMinneapolis, MNThe American Swedish Institute (ASI) will partner with 50 fourth grade students at Bancroft Elementary School on an intergenerational project designed to teach students the history or their school and the surrounding community. Bancroft was built in 1913 and is the oldest continually operating school in Minneapolis. A Bancroft alumnus or teacher will pair with students and take them on a "listening tour" of the school, exchange family stories, and share lunch together. The students will retrace the alums "Walk to School," they took as children from their former homes to Bancroft. Students will document the oral histories and compile a "Neighborhood History Booklet".Boston Women's Heritage TrailBoston, MAThe Boston Women's Heritage Trail Organization (BWHT) will develop and teach a unique, new Local Women's History Course to 30 students, grades 9-12, from Codman Academy Charter School. The group will work with a graphic designer to design, create, and distribute 1,000 walking trail brochures.Charlotte County Historical SocietyCharlotte Harbor, FLTo demonstrate that historic preservation does not only pertain to events and artifacts from the distant past, The Charlotte County Historical Society (CCHS) will partner with 100 twelfth grade students from Port Charlotte High School and Charlotte High School on an oral history project to document the effects, both physical and emotional, of Hurricane Charley, a category 4 hurricane that devastated the local community on August 13, 2004. The schools, arch-rivals in both academics and athletics, were forced to set aside their differences in the wake of the hurricane and share Port Charlotte High School's facilities. In an effort to capture the devastation, as well as the spirit of community cooperation and perseverance that followed, teams of students will conduct oral histories with 25 pre-selected Charlotte County residents.Charlotte Museum of HistoryCharlotte, NCThe Charlotte Museum of History (CMH) will partner with 50 students, grades 9-12, from Garinger High, one of Charlotte's most historic and prominent public schools. Students will create a comprehensive exhibit of Garinger High artifacts to be displayed at the museum.Choctaw Nation Historical SocietyTuskahoma, OKThe Choctaw Nation Historical Society (CNHS) is partnering with 50 students, grades 9-12, from Jones Academy, to document the rich history of the Choctaw Nation, a history passed from generation to generation through oral tradition. Each participating student will be required to make a contribution to the Choctaw Nation Historical Society Quarterly Journal. The project will connect tribal youth with tribal elders in an intergenerational experience meant to share and appreciate past and current cultural history.Delta Center for Culture and LearningCleveland, MSThe Delta Center for Culture and Learning (DCCL) will partner with 25 seventh and eighth grade students from D.M. Smith Middle School, participating in an arts and heritage after-school program to organize and publicize a Mississippi Delta Road Show Day. At the event, students and university level experts in documentary photography will collect, appraise, and preserve old photographs, digitally scan them and conduct oral histories with the owners of the photographs to provide narrative context to each picture. The students will complete a booklet featuring photographs collected at the Road Show, segments of oral histories, and commentary by students and scholars.Durham Western Heritage MuseumOmaha, NEThe Durham Western Heritage Museum (DWHM) will partner with 75 seventh and eighth grade students at Alice Buffett Magnet Middle School. Students will research historic photographs from the DWHM archives depicting the role transportation played in the development of Omaha's communication infrastructure. After selecting fifty photographs, students will learn professional level archival techniques and digitally scan the photos onto CD's.East RochesterEast Rochester, NYThe East Rochester Department of Local History will partner with 100 students representing the entire 4th grade of East Rochester Elementary School to study and document Kate Gleason, significant historical figure in western New York, and the Concrest and Marigold Gardens housing developments. Students will create a booklet which will be shared with East Rochester Schools as will a 30-minute DVD chronicling all of the information learned through the students research and study.Field MuseumChicago, ILStudents from Umoja Student Development Corporation (an extension of the Manley Career Academy High School) will work with the Field Museum to learn professional level archival oral history techniques. Students will immerse themselves in the history of their community, North Lawndale, conduct a minimum of 50 oral histories, and document the experiences and recollections of residents from 1930 to today. They will then create a traveling exhibit that will be developed with a book to be displayed throughout Lawndale and Chicago. Students work will culminate in an "Our Stories" Community Celebratory Event.Glocester Heritage SocietyChepachet, RIThe Glocester Historical Society (GHS) will partner with 200 students, grades 9-12, on an interdisciplinary project involving the Multimedia, Vocational Arts, Social Studies, and English departments at Ponaganset High School. Using the Save Our History Grant, and a matching grant from the RI Historic %26 Preservation Commission, the GHS will preserve the 1746 Dr. Reuben Mason House.Historic Charlotte, Inc.Charlotte, NCHistoric Charlotte, Inc. (HCI) will partner with 800 students, grades K-5, from Hornets Nest Elementary School on an intensive exploration of the endangered Davidson Family Cemetery at Rural Hill Farm, the historic homestead of Major John and Violet Davidson. Students will create a map and brochure of the cemetery and the map will be professionally designed and printed and distributed throughout the community.Historic Kansas City FoundationKansas City, MOThe Historic Kansas City Foundation will partner with 150 students representing five 8th grade history classes at Mission Valley Middle School. Students will research the history of Kansas City, with a focus on the historic sites that tell the story of the city's development. Students will team up and adopt 30 prominent historic sites and create and print 10,000 copies of the new map/tour guide for distribution to Kansas City teachers, community members, and the bureau of tourism for visitors to use while in town.Historic New Orleans CollectionNew Orleans, LAThe Historic New Orleans Collection in association with Tulane University's Deep South Humanities Center, the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, and the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism will work with 420 students grades 6-12 from Benjamin Franklin Elementary, The Lusher School, Mary Church Terrell Elementary, and the O. Perry Walker High School in an interdisciplinary culinary history project focusing on Creole cookery. Students will then keep a two week journal of their meals at home, ultimately determining whether creole cookery has influenced their family's culinary habits. Splitting into teams of five, students will conduct oral histories with relatives, community members, and celebrity chefs in New Orleans to hear firsthand stories about the evolution of creole cooking, its impact in New Orleans, and their personal favorite recipes. The research and recipes will be compiled into a Creole Cookbook to be sold in bookstores, with proceeds benefiting the participating schools.Howell Living History FarmTitusville, NJThe Howell Living History Farm (HLHF) will partner with 100 4th and 5th grade students from Mercer County Elementary Schools to preserve and raise an endangered barn frame. The barn, a 19th century, 5-bay English-style barn (known as the Charles Fish barn), will become the welcome and interpretive center of the farm's new Visitor Center.Johnson House Historic SitePhiladelphia, PAStaff from The Johnson House, a stop along the Underground Railroad, will engage 25 11th grade students from the Philadelphia Mennonite High School in an exploratory archeological study of the historic house's grounds. Working side by side with Archaeological and Preservation Associates, students will take part in an urban archaeological dig, learning proper technique, documentation and research skills, how artifacts are to be treated when discovered to ensure their preservation.Juneau County Historical SocietyMauston, WIThe Juneau County Historical Society (JCHS), in partnership with the Mississippi Valley Archaeological Center (MVAC) and the Wisconsin State Historical Society (WSHS), will guide 425 students, grades 6-8, from Olson Middle School in an effort to survey, restore and preserve a 1000 year old effigy mound recently discovered within the Mauston City limits.Los Angeles ConservancyLos Angeles, CAThe Los Angeles Conservancy is partnering with 80 sixth grade students from the CityLife Downtown Charter School to create a guidebook to the historic places of religious worship located on Los Angeles' Wilshire Boulevard, intended for children 8 to 12 years old within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Students will visually examine, survey, and photograph between 8 and 16 religious structures, considering interiors as well as exteriors. Through oral interviews, site visits, and research using visual and text sources, the students will explore the history of the structures and their neighborhood context.Maryland Historical SocietyBaltimore, MDThe Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) will partner with 90 students from Baltimore City Public School #426. Students will identify resources, analyze documents, extract historical information to find information pertaining to family, worship, school, entertainment, work, and neighborhood life, as it relates to the social and cultural history of the neighborhood surrounding their school. The MdHS staff will then train the remaining students in teams of 2, on the methods for conducting oral histories of the men and women living in their communities.Millville Army Air Field MuseumMillville, NJThe Millville Army Air Field Museum (MAAFM) will partner with 65 eighth and ninth grade students from Millville Memorial High School on an after school project to preserve the Army Air Field's important role as a training ground for pilots who fought in the European theater during World War II. Students will work with MAAFM staff to create "trading cards" featuring the WWII likeness of the subjects of their oral histories and a "local heroes" logo with information on their hometown, rank, years served during WWII and a description of his service record.Milwaukee County Historical SocietyMilwaukee, WIThe Milwaukee County Historical Society will partner with approximately 250 students enrolled in the Milwaukee Public School District's Arts@Large Program on a project designed to raise awareness about Milwaukee's historic sites, generate heritage tourism, and excite other students. Students will create scale Lego models of the Milwaukee County landmarks they have visited or researched with the assistance of Southeast Wisconsin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. MCHS will host a competition and will select the best model, some exceeding 5 feet in height, while celebrating the efforts of all participating students.MotorCities National Heritage AreaDetroit, MIThe MotorCities National Heritage Area is partnering with 150 students from Charles Kettering Elementary School, Edmonson Middle School, and Ypsilanti High School to actively engage in the recovery and rebuilding effort of the historic Yankee Air Museum. Students will create presentations and projects to be unveiled at a community event geared to raise support and potentially funding for the restoration of the museum.Museum of the City of San FranciscoSan Francisco, CAThe Museum of the City of San Francisco (MCSF), a virtual museum that serves as a multi-media archive dedicated to the history of San Francisco, will partner with 20 students, grades 10-12, from Urban High School to raise awareness for and save Old 21, San Francisco's oldest surviving firehouse.National Building MuseumWashington, DCThe National Building Museum (NBM) will partner with approximately 35 students from MacFarland Middle School, Paul Public Charter School, and the R.H. Terrell Junior High School on a project designed to save and renovate the historically significant Alexander Crummel School, which is currently in decay. Students will learn the principles of design and urban planning and apply them to solve real problems in the Ivy City community in Northeast Washington, D.C.Pittsburgh History & Landmarks FoundationPittsburgh, PAThe Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Commission (PHLF) will partner with 500 students, grades K-8, from Phillips Elementary, Arlington Elementary, Bishop Leonard Catholic School, and Philip Murray Elementary on a project designed to raise awareness for and save East Carson Street, a historic former main street on Pittsburgh's South Side.Sheldon Museum and Cultural CenterHaines, AKThe Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center (SMCC) will partner with 275 students, grades K-12, from several schools in Haines, Alaska on a project designed to preserve an endangered totem pole, known as "The Friendship Pole", located in front of Haines Borough Elementary School. A professional will teach a younger generation proper methods for preserving totem poles and will introduce them to an important part of their native culture and heritage.Steamer Virginia V FoundationSeattle, WAThe Steamer Virginia V Foundation will partner with TOPS School (K-8) and Ballard High School on a project involving 300 students, grades 2-11. The project will introduce Seattle's youth to the 1922 National Historic Landmark Steamer Virginia V, the only wooden hull, steam powered vessel operating on the West Coast. Students will play a role in the physical preservation of the Virginia V and will publicize and attend its anticipated launch in 2006, inviting press and government officials, in an effort to raise awareness for historic preservation.University of Massachusetts Lowell TsongasLowell, MAThe University of Massachusetts Lowell Tsongas Industrial History Center (LTICH) and the Lowell National Historic Park (LNHP) are partnering with 165 eighth grade students from The Bartlett Middle School to create a "Lowell Heritage Trail Activity Book", which will dcument and map the important sites, industrial and otherwise, that serve to define the rich history of the community.Western Reserve Historical SocietyCleveland, OHThe Western Reserve Historical Society (WRHS) will partner with 80 tenth grade students from the Academy of Creative Expressions at East High School in the Cleveland Municipal School District. WRHS will hire two university level professors, to develop an archaeological dig on the grounds of the school. Students will research the history of the neighborhood surrounding the dig site, and perform further research on the objects found in the dig. Students will create an exhibit to display the artifacts in the context of the neighborhood. This exhibit will form the foundation of a new Hough Neighborhood Museum to be located on the grounds at East High School.Wing Luke MuseumSeattle, WAThe Wing Luke Museum and a team of collections staff, teachers, historians, and artists will partner for the first time ever with students from the Wing Luke Elementary School to conduct their own investigation of the historic Kong Yick Building in the heart of Seattle's Chinatown/International District.


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