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Kansas Humanities Council awards six grants


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

The Kansas Humanities Council recently awarded $38,219 in Humanities and Heritage grants to six organizations. Local contributions to the projects are estimated at $79,354.

Those groups receiving grants include:

American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Sunflower Chapter, Hays ($3,440)

“Digitization of Volga-German Texts”

Volga-German songs and letters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries will be digitized and shared online along with a companion dictionary and a grammar reference tool. Yuri Yerastov, project director.

Florence Historical Society ($10,000)

“Talkin’ About Water”

This documentary short film explores water resources in Kansas through the stories and experiences of Florence residents. Steve Lerner, project director.


Kansas Barn Alliance, Concordia ($8,610)

“The Barn Raisers”

The iconic architecture of barns sets the stage for a larger conversation about farm life and rural culture in Kansas in this full-length documentary film. Kelly Rundle, project director.


Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute ($3,433)

“Elizabeth Main Le Blond Collection Conservation Project”

A project to digitize, conserve and share the photographs and documents of Elizabeth Main Le Blond — a pioneering mountaineer, photographer and cinematographer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Jacquelyn Borgeson, project director.  


Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University, Topeka ($8,736)

“Drift & Drag: Reflections on Water”

An exhibition and series of humanities programs examining Kansans’ perceptions of and experiences with water. Connie Gibbons, project director.


Sociedad Hidalgo Inc., Shawnee ($4,000)

“Latin American Cinema Festival XXIII”

A series of films from Latin America with engaging bilingual (English/Spanish) discussions on contemporary humanities themes. Gloria Bessenbacher, project director.


The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information, visit www.kansashumanities.org.