AHA-NEH Mid-Atlantic Grant Recipients

The American Historical Association awarded $2.5 million in funding to small history-related organizations nationwide. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, grant recipients will use funds to support short-term projects, including online programming or publications, new technologies, and expanding audiences and accessibility.

From the American Historical Association’s website, the following organizations are from the Mid-Atlantic Region: 

The American LGBTQ+ Museum
New York, NY
Queering the Path to Theirstory: New Forms for Telling LGBTQ+ Stories
The American LGBTQ+ Museum will partner with experience designers in the arts, theater, and digital technology to pilot virtual, in-person, and hybrid events and exhibitions. Our goal is to meet the audience for LGBTQ+ history content where they are—including those who are isolated by the closet, geography, or accessibility.
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American Social History Productions
New York, NY
Connecting to the Past: Resources for Middle and High School Teachers
American Social History Productions will research and classroom-test materials to add to the site, Social History for Every Classroom, including primary sources, teaching activities, and interpretive essays that will help middle and high school teachers place current events in a broad historical context.
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Cayuga Museum of History and Art
Auburn, NY
It Speaks for Itself: Re-Envisioning the Story of Sound Film
It Speaks for Itself: Re-envisioning the Story of Sound Film will examine the Case Research Lab collection and establish a new guided tour through research and interpretation. This project will create a one-year curator position to accomplish this important work, telling the story of creating sound film through new perspectives.
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Collections & Stories of American Muslims (America’s Islamic Heritage Museum)
Washington, DC
America’s Islamic Heritage Museum Social Media Programming
The project will help to build the museums’ social media capacity and outreach by using different virtual media platforms to provide arts and humanities programs along with offering a new museum app that will provide educational tools, virtual tours, and programs for teachers and students.

History Center in Tompkins County
Ithaca, NY
Preserving Community Oral Histories
The History Center in Tompkins County is advancing the preservation of our community oral history collection. The work to update transcripts, technology formats, and finding aids will drastically improve their accessibility and use. The project underlines our commitment as stewards of our local history for the community.
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Moravian Historical Society
Nazareth, PA
Moravian Historical Society Digital Collections
The Moravian Historical Society will develop a new digital resource making its important historical resources accessible and sparking new opportunities for research. These archival documents, important to early American history, will be available through online exhibitions and a searchable catalog enabling audiences to engage with our collections in new ways.
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New York State Association of European Historians
Buffalo, NY
NYSAEH Fall 2022 Conference in Partnership with the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center
The annual NYSAEH conference hosts traditional research presentations, pedagogy-focused panels, undergraduate paper panels, and a keynote speaker. For 2022 conference, NYSAEH is forging a partnership with Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center as co-hosts. The theme of this year’s conference is “Slavery, Race, and Empire in Europe and the World.”
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Putnam History Museum
Cold Spring, NY
Beyond the Museum Walls
The Putnam History Museum’s Beyond the Museum Walls project will create an expansive slate of self-guided, outdoor, and hybrid public history programs for use by museum visitors and audience members. The programs will include history crawls, “Take & Go” activity bags, history hikes, history hunts, and more.

Roebling Museum
Roebling, NJ
Documenting Black and Immigrant Steel Workers from a NJ Company Town
Roebling Museum will digitize and preserve newly donated employment records that highlight the lives of Black and immigrant steelworkers from the 1910s to 1950. The data from these records will be used in an upcoming exhibit, will help update our interpretation, and will be made available to the public and scholarly researchers.
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Sing Sing Prison Museum 
Ossining, NY
Sing Sing Prison Museum Interpretive Planning
The Sing Sing Prison Museum will create an interpretive exhibition and program plan, both digital and analog, with special attention to the causes, conduct, and consequences of mass incarceration in the United States from 1970–2020. This period represents a distinct departure from previous history as the state and federal prison population ballooned from 325,000 in 1970 to almost 1.5 million by 2020.
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Society for the History of Children and Youth
Philadelphia, PA
Insights from History: Trauma, Epidemics, and Children’s Well-Being
SHCY will organize a hybrid three-day conference examining the history of trauma, epidemics, and children’s well-being. The face-to-face portion of the conference will bring together approximately 20–30 invited experts. The online version of the conference will be open to interested individuals. All participants must preregister.
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South Asian American Digital Archive
Philadelphia, PA
Our Stories
SAADA will support faculty at colleges and universities across the country in incorporating South Asian American experiences into their existing American history courses. By doing so, SAADA will take an important step in ensuring that South Asian Americans are in included in the American story: past, present, and future.
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