Mini Grant

North Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows

This grant supports an annual program that provides 15 educators with the skills and experience needed to integrate oral histories into their classrooms. The program includes 2 days of workshops, presentations and performances to teach educators how to access resources, conduct independent research, and develop pedagogical approaches to strengthen their ability to teach oral history methodology to their students, as well as public programming. NCHC funds cover travel, meals and lodging for participating educators.

Project Dates: June 15 – August 15, 2017

Elsewhere Thing Tank

This grant supports a weekend-long gathering of 5-8 national academics and local guests exploring the social, cultural, and political implications of material culture. The retreat will culminate in a public talk at the Weatherspoon Museum, a community dinner at Elsewhere and a publication of learnings. NCHC funds support part of the scholar expenses (travel and per diems), and part of the costs of community events and book publishing.

Project Dates: June 9 – 11, 2017

Wayne County Travelling Trunk Initiative

This grant supports a “travelling trunk initiative" - a collection of historical artifacts, educational materials and documents spanning different time periods that can travel to schools and organizations in Wayne County to provide an interactive way of learning history. NCHC funds cover costs associated with the trunks and their artifacts.

Dates: September 1, 2017 – June 10, 2018

Jane Austen Summer Program

This grant supports 8-10 North Carolina Public School teachers' scholarships attendence at the Fifth Annual Jane Austen Summer Program (JASP). The conference focuses on the Austen novel Persuasion, Austen’s letters and juvenilia she wrote as a young girl. The conference provides an opportunity to learn about new scholarly research, as well as gaining a general appreciation of English Literature and an understanding of the culture, life and writings of Jane Austen.

Funk Festival & Chitlin' Circuit

This grant supports Chitlin’ Circuit, the Friday evening Funk Festival reception at the African American Music Trail Park, and the Festival Fair at Adkin High School.

March 1, 2017 – May 27, 2017

Musicians as Historians

This grant supports support an afternoon seminar that explores how the musician brings an understanding of culture and history through the recording and preservation of music. The seminar includes 4-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt and East Tennessee State University professor and musician Roy Andrade. An evening concert at the Burnsville Town Center follows.


Behind the Scenes: A Meeting between Anna Burwell and Elizabeth Keckley

This grant supports a staged reading of the play Behind the Scenes: A Meeting between Anna Burwell and Elizabeth Keckley, which imagines a conversation between the headmistress of the Burwell School and founder of Peace College and Keckley, a slave at the school who went on to become the couturier and close friend if Mary Todd Lincoln. Program includes a panel, Q&A session with audience, and book signing.

April 15, 2017 – May 15, 2017

Afroqueer Ontology: Dance Workshop

This grant supports a daytime theory/dance workshop for Central Piedmont Community College students and the community and an evening lecture/discussion/performance for the public by Duke University dance and Afroqueer theory scholar Thomas DeFrantz.


Color of Harmony

This public event extends the reach of the Museum’s exhibit: Race: Are We So Different? The event includes an interactive workshop and performances by scholars/artists whose work has been influenced by race: presenter and folk artist Reggie Harris, and blues guitarist Lakota Jones.


Female Authors Writing America Between World Wars

This grant supports 5 lectures and 3 documentary films to be presented in the fall of 2017 to introduce Ashevillians to the lives and work of prominent, but overlooked, female writers of the 1920s and 1930s: Ellen Glasgow, Julia Peterkin, Oliver Tilford Dargan, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Zora Neale Hurston.

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