Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Posted: 06 Mar 2013 05:43 AM PST

(Columbus, OH)—The Ohio Historical Society (OHS) received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a project to increase and share knowledge about Midwestern Native American tribes with community college educators. The grant to OHS is one of only three national awards the NEH made this year under the Bridging Cultures for Community Colleges program.

OHS and its grant partner, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Community College (NEO A&M), designed Native Americans in the Midwest: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges, a cooperative agreement with the NEH for a three-year faculty and curriculum development project for thirty-six community college faculty on the history of Midwestern Native American tribes.

OHS’s project works with faculty and academic administrators to increase their knowledge of existing research and scholarship on the history Ohio’s Ten Historic Tribes and their removal; introduce faculty to contemporary Native American cultural experiences; and facilitate a community of learning and research through course development and enhancement.

“This grant is an excellent opportunity for OHS to deepen our connections with regional educators interested in understanding Ohio’s historic Native American tribes,” said Sharon Dean, director of museum and library services for OHS.

The NEH grant will support the project from 2013-2015. During this time, OHS and NEO A&M will host three conferences for community college faculty and administrators and provide professional development by compiling historical resources for Midwestern Native American history, exposing community college faculty to scholars and Native American experts, and bringing them to locations that are critical to the Midwestern Removal story. For more information about the project, visit


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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Founded in 1885, the non-profit Ohio Historical Society (OHS) provides a wide array of statewide services and programs related to collecting, preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology and natural history. The society has over 1.5 million items in its collections throughout its 58 sites and within its 287,000-square-feet Ohio History Center at 800 E 17th Ave. (Exit 111 off I-71), Columbus, Ohio, 43211. The Society receives a portion of its funding from the state, but relies on admission fees, memberships, grants, donations and other forms of revenue to continue to serve Ohioans in the future. For information regarding the Society, contact Shannon Thomas, Communications Specialist, Ohio Historical Society: 614.297.2317, Visit the Ohio Historical Society at

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