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Thank you for your interest in the West Virginia Humanities Council. Recent press releases may be found here. If you need further information please call 304.346.8500 or email sonis@wvhumanities.org.

 

February 23, 2017: West Virginia Folklife Program to Hold Public Interest Meeting at Jackson County Public Library
On Tuesday, March 14, state folklorist Emily Hilliard brings the West Virginia Folklife Program to the Jackson County Public Library in Ripley (208 Church St. N) with a public interest meeting entitled “What is Folklore?” The 6:00 p.m. meeting is free and open to the public. (read the full release)

 

January 17, 2017: West Virginia Folklife Program to Hold Public Interest Meeting in Ripley
On Tuesday, January 31, state folklorist Emily Hilliard brings the West Virginia Folklife Program to Ripley with a public interest meeting at the Senior Citizen Center at 121 S. Court Street. Hilliard will present a free public talk titled “What is Folklore?” at 10:30 a.m. (read the full release)

 

January 3, 2017: West Virginia Folklife Presents January 25 Evening Program with Old-time Musician Jim Costa
The West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, will present a concert and program with West Virginia old-time musician and collector Jim Costa. The event will be held at the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House in Charleston. The evening includes a musical performance by Costa, a presentation on his collection by folklore student Zoe Van Buren, and a question-answer session. The event is free and open to the public, but guests should RSVP at wvfolklife.org or by calling 304.346.8500. (read the full release)

 

December 19, 2016: Humanities Council Seeking Grant Proposals
The West Virginia Humanities Council announces its upcoming February 1 grant deadline for three grant categories: Major grants, which are awarded twice a year for projects requesting up to $20,000; Fellowships of $2,500, which are awarded annually for scholarly research projects; and Minigrants, which are awarded four times a year for projects requesting $1,500 or less. (read the full release)

 

December 19, 2016: National Endowment for the Humanities Invites Applications for New Funding Category
The National Endowment for the Humanities recently announced Creating Humanities Communities, a new initiative to support grassroots humanities programs by encouraging partnerships and collaborations. West Virginia is among the areas targeted by the initiative as the NEH seeks to serve areas previously underfunded by its grants program. (read the full release)

 

December 16, 2016: Humanities Council Celebrates Bill of Rights
The West Virginia Humanities Council is partnering with the National Archives to distribute an exhibit celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights to selected venues in Kanawha and Putnam counties and other locations statewide. The exhibit may be viewed at Bridge Valley Community & Technical College in South Charleston, Cross Lanes Library, Putnam County Library in Hurricane, the West Virginia Library Commission at the Culture Center, the West Virginia State Law Library at the State Capitol, and West Virginia State University in Institute. (read the full release)

 

November 7, 2016: Bill of Rights 225th Anniversary Exhibit to Display at 42 Sites in West Virginia
The West Virginia Humanities Council has partnered with the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the National Archives to provide a free, pop-up exhibit observing the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights to 42 display sites across West Virginia. The exhibit, The Bill of Rights and You, was created by the National Archives and will be delivered to each venue at no cost in early December. (read the full release)

 

November 7, 2016: West Virginia Humanities Council Grant Awards Announced
The West Virginia Humanities Council, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded 15 new grants. (read the full release)

 

October 31, 2016: West Virginia Folklife Program Holds Rescheduled Public Interest Meeting in Sandyville
On Wednesday, November 9, state folklorist Emily Hilliard brings the West Virginia Folklife Program’s statewide folklife survey to Jackson County with a public interest meeting at the Sandyville Senior Citizens Center at 29 Gilmore Drive in Sandyville. Hilliard will present two free public talks entitled “What is Folklore?” at 10:30a.m. and again at 5:30p.m. These programs were rescheduled from a previous cancellation last month. (read the full release)

 

October 6, 2016: Humanities Council Announces History Alive! Characters for 2017
The popular History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council announces its roster of historical figures available for presentations beginning November 1 through October 31, 2017. (read the full release)

 

October 4, 2016: Historian Annette Gordon-Reed to Deliver McCreight Lecture in the Humanities
The West Virginia Humanities Council presents Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed to give the annual McCreight Lecture in the Humanities on Thursday, October 27, at the University of Charleston. Her talk, “The Enigma of Sally Hemings: Race, Gender, and Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello,” begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The program is sponsored by Bailey and Glasser law firm of Charleston. (read the full release)

 

September 14, 2016: National Archives Bill of Rights 225th Anniversary Exhibit Available through Humanities Council
The Humanities Council is partnering with the Federation of State Humanities Councils to provide a free, four-sided, pop-up exhibit observing the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights for up to 30 venues in West Virginia. (read the full release)

 

August 30, 2016: West Virginia Folklife Program Presents Concert with Ballad Singer Phyllis Marks, September 8
On the evening of Thursday, September 8, The West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, will present a concert by West Virginia ballad singer Phyllis Marks. The concert will be held from 5:30-7:30pm at the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House, headquarters of the West Virginia Humanities Council (1310 Kanawha Blvd. E) in Charleston. (read the full release)

 

August 24, 2016: Pearl S. Buck Conference Set for September 11 – 13 at WVU
To commemorate the legacy of West Virginia Pulitzer and Nobel prize-winner Pearl S. Buck, and the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia University, the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation, and West Virginia Wesleyan College are partnering to present the Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference. (read the full release)

 

July 29, 2016: West Virginia Folklife Program awarded American Folklife Center’s Henry Reed Fund Award to present concert with Ballad Singer Phyllis Marks
The West Virginia Folklife Program, a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council, is pleased to announce it has been awarded a 2016 Henry Reed Fund Award from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress to support a concert by West Virginia ballad singer Phyllis Marks. The concert program will include a performance, question-answer session, and reception, and is to be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House. (read the full release)

 

July 19, 2016: Humanities Council Seeks Grant Proposals
The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking proposals for its upcoming September 1 grant deadline.  Four grant categories will be offered to nonprofit organizations that provide public humanities programming for West Virginia audiences.  The Council encourages proposals from colleges and universities, schools, libraries, historical societies, parks, convention and visitor bureaus, historic sites, museums, civic and service organizations, cultural groups, and local government agencies. (read the full release)

 

July 11, 2016: Historian Annette Gordon-Reed to Deliver McCreight Lecture in the Humanities
The West Virginia Humanities Council announces that Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Annette Gordon-Reed will present the annual McCreight Lecture in the Humanities on Thursday, October 27, at the University of Charleston. The 7:30 p.m. program is free and open to the public. (read the full release)

 

June 13, 2016: West Virginia Day Open Houses Announced
Three Charleston historic houses will welcome visitors in honor of West Virginia’s birthday on Monday, June 20. The Craik-Patton House, MacFarland-Hubbard House, and Glenwood Estate are offering special hours on West Virginia Day. The open houses are free, and the public is invited. (read the full release)

 

June 7, 2016: June 12 Humanities Council Little Lecture Cancelled
The “Folklore and Folklorists” Little Lecture scheduled for Sunday, June 12, at the MacFarland-Hubbard House in Charleston is cancelled. Scheduled speaker Dr. Judy Byers of Fairmont is unable to travel at this time. (read the full release)

 

May 27, 2016: West Virginia Folklife Program announces Folklife Hotline
The West Virginia Folklife Program’s new hotline, reached toll free at 1(844)618-3747, is an outlet where West Virginians can share information about local traditional artists, craftspeople, musicians, cooks, or elders, or contribute a traditional song, story, or other piece of folklore or community tradition. (read the full release)

 

May 24, 2016: June Little Lecture Examines Folklore and Folklorists
The final 2016 Little Lecture is “Folklore and Folklorists” presented by Dr. Judy Byers, Founding Director of the West Virginia Folklife Center and Professor of English and Folklore Studies, Emerita, at Fairmont State University. The program begins at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12. (read the full release)

 

May 20, 2016: West Virginia Humanities Council Announces Online Grant Applications
The West Virginia Humanities Council recently added online grant applications to its website. Applicants may now submit grant applications electronically to the Humanities Council at www.wvhumanities.org/grants/. (read the full release)

 

May 2, 2016: West Virginia Humanities Council Announces 2016 Fellowship Awards
The Humanities Council budgets more than $600,000 for grants and programs each year.  A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming.  Fellowships are awarded annually to college faculty and independent scholars for research and writing projects in the humanities. The $2,500 grants are unique in the Mountain State. (read the full release)

 

May 2, 2016: West Virginia Humanities Council Announces Grant Awards
Humanities Council major grants for projects requesting over $1,500 and up to $20,000 are awarded twice annually.  Minigrants support projects that request $1,500 or less, and are offered four times per year. Eight new major grants and seven new minigrants were awarded recently. (read the full release)

 

April 28, 2016: Humanities Council Elects New Board Members
The West Virginia Humanities Council elected four new members to its board of directors during the spring board meeting on April 15 in Beckley. (read the full release)

 

April 27, 2016: Little Lecture to Tell History of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky
On May 15, Jill Malusky presents “The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky” at 2:00 p.m. Pleasant Hill is a National Historic Landmark located south of Lexington in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Malusky, Director of Visitor Engagement at Pleasant Hill, will discuss how in 1805 Shaker missionaries established the successful communal society on the western frontier. (read the full release)

 

April 27, 2016: Deadline for Pearl S. Buck Conference Proposals Extended to June 1
The Pearl S. Buck Living Gateway Conference will take place September 11 through 13, 2016. Interested parties are encouraged to submit proposals to present at the conference by the new June 1, 2016, deadline. (read the full release)

 

 

April 11, 2016: Humanities Council to Hold Public Meetings May 5 at Ohio County Public Library
At 5:30 p.m. Humanities Council grants administrator Erin Riebe will speak about the types of grants available through the Council, and will also review grant guidelines and the application process. State folklorist Emily Hilliard’s presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. following the grants program with a public interest meeting about the West Virginia Folklife Program.  (read the full release)

 

March 24, 2016: West Virginia Folklife Program to hold Public Interest Meeting in Williamson
On March 31st, state folklorist Emily Hilliard brings the West Virginia Folklife Program’s statewide folklife survey to the Williamson Public Library, 101 Logan St., with a public interest meeting entitled “What is Folklore?.” The 4:30p.m. event is free and open to the public. (read the full release)

 

March 24, 2016: Call for Presentations at Pearl S. Buck Conference
Born in Hillsboro, Pearl S. Buck was the first American woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938, and her book The Good Earth won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize. The Pulitzer Prize Board recently awarded $35,000 to the West Virginia Humanities Council for a first-time international conference to celebrate the work and legacy of Buck and to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, the first of which were awarded in 1916. (read the full release)

 

March 24, 2016: Little Lecture Examines Reporting of Don Blankenship Trial
On April 10, award-winning Charleston Gazette-Mail reporter Ken Ward Jr. presents “Reporting the Blankenship Trial” for the 2:00 p.m. Little Lecture.  An experienced reporter of coal mining issues, Ward has covered the landmark trial of coal executive Don Blankenship. (read the full release)

 

March 9, 2016: West Virginia Humanities Council Announces Grant Awards
A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Minigrants support projects that request $1,500 or less, and are offered four times per year. The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded eight new minigrants. (read the full release)

 

March 9, 2016: Humanities Council Citizen Members Announced
The West Virginia Humanities Council announced that two new citizen members have been elected to its program committee. (read the full release)

 

February 18, 2016: West Virginia Folklife Program to hold Public Interest Meeting in Charleston
On March 3rd, state folklorist Emily Hilliard will kick off the West Virginia Folklife Program’s statewide folklife survey with a public interest meeting entitled “What is folklore?” at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St., in Charleston. The 6:00 pm event is free and open to the public. (read the full release)

 

February 15, 2016: Humanities Council Little Lectures Begin March 6 with Author Glenn Taylor
The 2016 Little Lecture series starts on Sunday, March 6, at 2:00 p.m. with the presentation “A Place Called Solid: West Virginia Re-Imagined in the Novel” by West Virginia author Glenn Taylor. (read the full release)

 

February 10, 2016: Oral History Workshop at the Darden Mill
Learn how to listen to, save, and share important community stories at an oral history workshop sponsored by Appalachian Forest Heritage Area (AFHA). Emily Hilliard, state folklorist at the West Virginia Humanities Council, will lead the training February 24th at the Darden Mill in Elkins. (read the full release)

 

February 4, 2016: Humanities Council Web Series Focuses on Experiences of West Virginia Military Veterans
With special funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Council is partnering with West Virginia military veterans to produce a six-part web series titled West Virginia Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War. (read the full release)

 

December 14, 2015: Humanities Council Hires State Folklorist
The West Virginia Humanities Council announces the hiring of a state folklorist. The position, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, marks the first time a West Virginia state folklorist has been employed in an official capacity. (read the full release)

 

November 19, 2015: Humanities Council Announces Pearl Buck Conference in Partnership with WVU
The West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia University are planning a first-time conference honoring West Virginia author Pearl Buck. The “Living Gateway” conference will take place September 11 through 13, 2016, at the Erickson Alumni Center at WVU. Additional sponsors are the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation in Hillsboro and West Virginia Wesleyan in Buckhannon. (read the full release)

 

November 18, 2015: Humanities Council History Alive! Program Looking For New Characters
The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking applications from individuals interested in portraying historical figures for its popular History Alive! program. Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living, from any period of history, are eligible for consideration. The application deadline is February 1, 2016. (read the full release)

 

November 18, 2015: West Virginia Humanities Council Grant Awards Announced
A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Humanities Council major grants are awarded twice annually for projects requesting over $1,500 and up to $20,000.  The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded eight new grants. (read the full release)

 

November 17, 2015: West Virginia Humanities Council Announces Grant Awards
A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Minigrants support projects that request $1,500 or less, and are offered four times per year. The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded seven new minigrants. (read the full release)

 

September 16, 2015: Historian Eric Foner to Deliver McCreight Lecture in the Humanities
The West Virginia Humanities Council announces that Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Eric Foner will present the annual McCreight Lecture in the Humanities on Thursday, October 22, at the University of Charleston. The 7:30 p.m. program “Civil War to Civil Rights: The Politics of History” takes place in the Geary Auditorium of Riggleman Hall. It is free and open to the public. (read more)

 

August 4, 2015: Humanities Council Seeks Grant Proposals
The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking proposals for its upcoming September 1 grant deadline. Four grant categories will be offered to nonprofit organizations in West Virginia that support educational programming. (read more)

 

July 17, 2015: Humanities Council Board to Meet in Elkins
The West Virginia Humanities Council announced plans to meet in Elkins on July 24, Friday, for its summer board meeting. The Humanities Council is governed by its board whose 25 members are drawn from throughout the state. (read the full release)

 

July 15, 2015: West Virginia Humanities Council Announces Grants Awards
A variety of grants are offered to nonprofit organizations that support educational programming. Minigrants support projects that request $1,500 or less, and are offered four times per year. The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded ten new minigrants.
(read the full release)

 

July 13, 2015: History Alive! Looking for New Characters
The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking applications from individuals interested in portraying historical figures for its popular History Alive! program. Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living, from any period of history, are eligible for consideration. (read the full release)

 

June 10, 2015: West Virginia Frontier Forts is Topic for Final Little Lecture of 2015
Archeologist Stephen McBride will give the final Little Lecture for the 2015 West Virginia Humanities Council series at 2:00 p.m. on June 28 (read the full release)

 

May 27, 2015: Humanities Council Receives State Folklorist Funds from NEA
The West Virginia Humanities Council has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a state folklorist position. (read the full release)

 

May 14, 2015: West Virginia Humanities Council Announces Grant Awards
The Humanities Council budgets more than $600,000 for grants and programs each year. The West Virginia Humanities Council recently awarded 24 new grants. (read the full release)