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General Grant Program

Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone: a Journey with Matthew Shenoda

Global Education Center
Nashville

The sponsor will present Coptic Egyptian poet Michael Shenoda for a public reading of his award winning poetry and to conduct a workshop for writers interested in using travel experiences to create original poetry. Both events are free and open to the public. Mr. Shenoda's appearance is part of the sponsor's year-long theme about artists of the modern Muslim world. The events will occur in early 2013.

The sponsor will present Coptic Egyptian poet Michael Shenoda for a public reading of his award winning poetry and to conduct a workshop for writers interested in using travel experiences to create original poetry.  Both events are free and open to the public.  Mr. Shenoda's appearance is part of the sponsor's year-long theme about artists of the modern Muslim world.  The events will occur in early 2013.

Smoky Mountain Book Festival

Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
Townsend
$1275.00

The Smoky Mountain Book Festival was a free event that featured the authors of literary works set in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region. The two-day event included author readings, Q&As, panel discussions, and book signings. The grant supported publicity and author travel.

The Smoky Mountain Book Festival was a free event that featured the authors of literary works set in the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region. The two-day event included author readings, Q&As, panel discussions, and book signings.  The grant supported publicity and author travel.

The Civil War at Home: Families Divided, Battles Waged, and Communities Occupied in East Tennessee

East Tennessee Historical Society
Knoxville

The project will provide, in the summers of 2012-13, learning opportunities for history teachers to gain content knowledge of East Tennessee in the Civil War era, and to visits local history sites that tell that story. The project combines 2 day-long institutes (2012) and a five-day institute (2013).

The project will provide, in the summers of 2012-13, learning opportunities for history teachers to gain content knowledge of East Tennessee in the Civil War era, and to visits local history sites that tell that story. The project combines 2 day-long institutes (2012) and a five-day institute (2013).

Slaves and Slaveholders: The Washingtons of Wessyngton

Tennessee State Museum Foundation
Nashville

The project will produce a curatorial package for an exhibition about slavery in Tennessee, focusing on the Washingtons, a former slave-owning family from Robertson County with some of the most complete, surviving accounts.  Funds will go for honoraria for four scholars to create the interpretive themes, artifact list, primary and supporting resources, graphics, and primary label text.

The project will produce a curatorial package for an exhibition about slavery in Tennessee, focusing on the Washingtons, a former slave-owning family from Robertson County with some of the most complete, surviving accounts.  Funds will go for honoraria for four scholars to create the interpretive themes, artifact list, primary and supporting resources, graphics, and primary label text.

Emissaries of Peace: Timberlake in the Overhills, 1762-2012

Fort Loudoun Association
Vonore

The project commemorated the 250th anniversary of Henry Timberlake's visit to the Overhill Cherokee Nation in 1762. Timberlake's maps and memoirs provide excellent glimpses into 18th century Cherokee life and the interactions between the Cherokee and English populace. The program featured Cherokee-led tours of their Little Tennessee River Vally homeland, living history interpretation and cartography demonstrations. Humanities Tennessee supported the honoraria and travel of scholars for a series of lecture discussions over the two-day event.

The project commemorated the 250th anniversary of Henry Timberlake's visit to the Overhill Cherokee Nation in 1762. Timberlake's maps and memoirs provide excellent glimpses into 18th century Cherokee life and the interactions between the Cherokee and English populace. The program featured Cherokee-led tours of their Little Tennessee River Vally homeland, living history interpretation and cartography demonstrations. Humanities Tennessee supported the honoraria and travel of scholars for a series of lecture discussions over the two-day event.

Blount Mansion Digital Docent

Blount Mansion Association
Knoxville

This project is a collaboration between the Blount Mansion Association and the University of Tennessee to initiate a mobile app digital tour, "The Blount Mansion Digital Docent." The app will offer museum visitors a broader historical context via digital technology as they tour the house and grounds, and include greater depth in the persoectives of the Blounts, Native Americans, slaves, and local Knoxvillians of the era.

This project is a collaboration between the Blount Mansion Association and the University of Tennessee to initiate a mobile app digital tour, "The Blount Mansion Digital Docent."  The app will offer museum visitors a broader historical context via digital technology as they tour the house and grounds, and include greater depth in the persoectives of the Blounts, Native Americans, slaves, and local Knoxvillians of the era.

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Fort Loudon: A British Outpost on the American Frontier

East Tennessee PBS
Knoxville

Fort Loudon: A British Outpost on the American Frontier is a thirty-minute televised program that will explore the capricious relationship between the British garrison soldiers at Fort Loudon and Fort Prince George, and the southern Overhill Cherokee Nation during the French and Indian War (1754-1763).

Fort Loudon: A British Outpost on the American Frontier is a thirty-minute televised program that will explore the capricious relationship between the British garrison soldiers at Fort Loudon and Fort Prince George, and the southern Overhill Cherokee Nation during the French and Indian War (1754-1763).

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Humanities Tennessee Grant Program

Humanities Tennessee conducts an annual grant competition that supports humanities educational projects designed to serve Tennesseans who are not employed by, or enrolled in, post-secondary educational institutions.

Proposals are ranked by an outside review panel according to the following criteria, and grants are made by the Humanities Tennessee Board based on these rankings:

Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812

American Association of State and Local History
Nashville

Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812 is a statewide traveling exhibit coinciding with the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The exhibit explores this defining moment in American history by exploring the international political framework of the early 19th century, the impact on the fledgling American democracy, and Tennessee's role in this critical event. Initiated by the War of 1812 Commission, the exhibit will complement a range of additional programming planned across the state throughout 2012.

Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812 is a statewide traveling exhibit coinciding with the bicentennial of the War of 1812. The exhibit explores this defining moment in American history be exploring the international political framework of the early 19th century, the impact on the fledgling American democracy, and Tennessee's role in this critical event. Initiated by the War of 1812 Commission, the exhibit will complement a range of additional programming planned across the state throughout 2012.

Same Book, Same Time—Johnson City Reads Frankenstein

Johnson City Public Library
Johnson City

Johnson City Reads Frankenstein was a community-wide reading and discussion program of Mary Shelley's famous work. Project events included film screenings of early 20th century versions of the story, panel discussions centering on science and ethics, and a Chautauqua presentation of Mary Shelley's character. Events occurred over a six week period during a showing of the exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature from the American Library Association.

Johnson City Reads Frankenstein was a community-wide reading and discussion program of Mary Shelley's famous work. Project events included film screenings of early 20th century versions of the story, panel discussions centering on science and ethics, and a Chautauqua presentation of Mary Shelley's character. Events occurred over a six week period during a showing of the exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature from the American Library Association.

And Cain Rose up … A Study of Modern Genocides

B'Nai Israel Center for Jewish Studies
Lambuth University
Jackson