NEH Awards Newberry Nearly $340,000 for Maps, American History Programs

Great International Railway Suspension Bridge, Niagara Falls

Great International Railway Suspension Bridge, Niagara Falls

August 2013

Newberry Vice President for Research and Academic Programs Daniel Greene today announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the library two grants to help college and university faculty to better utilize maps as visual evidence in their research and their teaching; and to increase their understanding of North American borderlands history. Both programs will be held at the Newberry in summer 2014.

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities for supporting these important programs, and for its continuing support of the Newberry,” Greene said. “The NEH for decades has made it possible, in a wide variety of ways, to further knowledge about the humanities. We simply could not achieve our mission without it.”

“Mapping Nature across the Americas” will gather 20 participants for five weeks to examine, in a Pan-American context, the ways in which humans mapped and conceived their place in nature through history. Run by the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography, the institute will use the Newberry’s rich collection of maps to consider how mapping has both captured and transformed human conceptions of nature over time.

Drawing on the Newberry’s unique materials related to the continent’s borders and borderlands, and administered by the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture, “Bridging National Borders in North America: An NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers,” is a four-week seminar for 16 college and university faculty members that will focus on the social and political consequences of redrawing the continent’s map and the enforcement of national territoriality.