$36,000 in Humanities Grants Awarded by South Dakota Humanities Council Board

Organizations Funded for Discussion, Research Projects

The South Dakota Humanities Council board of directors awarded $36,000 to organizations for 2019 humanities programs and events. 

The South Dakota Humanities Council is a statewide non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to provide humanities programming for South Dakotans. The organization's board of directors approves requests for grants, which must involve humanities professionals and include the humanities as a central focus. The board approved eight projects at its most recent meeting, which took place this spring.

With the spring grant cycle completed, SDHC is now accepting applications for programs after Dec. 1. Board members will convene this fall to consider major grant (more than $1,000) applications that are due Oct. 15. Applications for grants under $1,000 are accepted on a rolling basis.

Czech and Slovak Culture Lectures and Crafts

Czech Heritage Preservation Society in Tabor received $3,920 for "Czech and Slovak Culture Lectures and Crafts," a portion of the programming for the 2019 Czech Days celebration (depicted above) held in Tabor June 13-15, 2019. The grant funded lectures from scholar Daniela Mahoney, who discussed Czech and Slovak traditional holidays, Christmas traditions, crafts, foods, and customs that originated in Europe. She provided historical context and assisted participants in creating their own Czech and Slovak heritage traditional craft items of Czech glass beaded ornaments, Czech glass beaded jewelry, hot wax, straw designs, and blue ink egg decorating, along with paper craft making of stars, hearts, postcards and notecards, and wheat weaving creations.

The Jewel of the Black Hills: Third Edition Printing & Discussion Series

Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead received $4,000 for "The Jewel of the Black Hills: Third Edition Printing & Discussion Series." The grant will fund the printing of the third edition of the book "The Homestake Opera House and Recreation Building" by well-respected historians Donald D. Toms and William J. Stone and a corresponding community discussion. The book is the only comprehensive, printed history of the building in existence. The discussion will be facilitated by the authors and coincide with the 105th anniversary celebration of the grand opening of the Opera House Aug. 31, 2019, at 2 p.m.

The Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead recently received a South Dakota Humanities Council grant.

Historic Homestake Opera House in Lead (pictured above during a South Dakota Humanities Council event held at the venue) received a $4,000 grant from SDHC for a book and discussion project. 


Lakota Culture Symposium of Elders and Scholars

Lakota Youth Development in Herrick, S.D. was awarded $4,340 for its annual Lakota Culture Symposium of elders and scholars held May 31 in Herrick. The symposium explores language and family dynamics, history and identity, creativity and philosophy of the Lakota through natural and un-natural change. The symposium, which is held annually in Herrick at the Wicoti Tiwahe (camp family) Lakota Youth Development, highlights the humanities as seen through Lakota eyes both past and present and is a multigenerational event. The project is a collaborative effort to increase awareness and education about the Lakota culture and the history of the native people who still live in their original homelands in South Dakota.

•	Lakota Youth Development in Herrick, S.D. was awarded $4,340 for its annual Lakota Culture Symposium of elders and scholars held May 31 in Herrick.


New Land - New Hope: African Americans in South Dakota

Mitchell organization Friends of the Middle Border received $3,450 for "New Land - New Hope: African Americans in South Dakota," an exhibition that will be displayed at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell through Nov. 9. The exhibition will tell the largely unknown story of African Americans who came to Dakota Territory and South Dakota, and who, in coming, wove themselves into the fabric of the unique story of our state. The exhibition will be combined with a program that will engage community members of all ages. "New Land - New Hope" is a fitting component of the 2019 theme selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, "Black Migrations."

•	Mitchell organization Friends of the Middle Border received $3,450 for “New Land - New Hope: African Americans in South Dakota,” an exhibition that will be displayed at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell through Nov. 9.

The Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell, whose gift shop is pictured above, received a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council for a new exhibit. 


Staging the Space Between, 1914-1945

South Dakota State University English Department in Brookings was awarded $6,986 to fund humanities scholar appearances and operating expenses for Staging the Space Between, 1914-1945, the 21st annual conference of The Society of the Space Between, which was held May 30 – June 1 at SDSU. The conference promotes the state of South Dakota as a thriving community of readers and writers and provides faculty, students, and members of the public the opportunity to interact with each other, exchange ideas and develop a shared intellectual community.

•	South Dakota State University English Department in Brookings was awarded $6,986 to fund humanities scholar appearances and operating expenses for “Staging the Space Between, 1914-1945,” the 21st annual conference of The Society of the Space Between, wh

The Society of the Space Between, created to study literature and culture of the period between the First and Second World Wars, received a South Dakota Humanities Council grant (applied for by SDSU) for its 21st annual conference held at SDSU. The above photo is from the Society of the Space Between's website. 


Closer Connections Conference

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, based in Sioux Falls, received $3,600 for its "Closer Connections Conference." Amer F. Ahmed, Ed. D., will be the keynote speaker and discussion leader at the Closer Connections Conference in Sioux Falls on Oct. 21-22. Dr. Ahmed will follow his keynote address, "Identity and Inequity: Engaging the Complexity to Address the Challenges of 21st Century Intercultural Leadership," with a facilitated discussion focusing on "prevailing prejudices, stereotypes and inequities that affect communities in the Dakotas," according to LSS. The organization created the project to educate communities on history and culture and grow their core skills to address societal issues.

Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, based in Sioux Falls, received a South Dakota Humanities Council grant to host Amer F. Ahmed, Ed. D. at its Closer Connections Conference in Sioux Falls on Oct. 21-22. The video above was created by the South Dakota Humanities Council during Ahmed's previous appearance at the conference.  


Populism and the Recovery of Intellectual Virtues Project

The Ethics Lab at SDSU in Brookings was granted $7,000 for "Populism and the Recovery of Intellectual Virtues Project," a two-day workshop in Brookings Sept. 26-27 featuring SDSU faculty, two recognized scholars, and six other participating scholars. In addition, the project will support public programming with panels and plenary speakers, student engagement, and a series of podcasts. The goal of the project, per SDSU, is to "explore and understand the opposition between some forms of populism and 'elite knowledge,' including scientific knowledge, and the role that cultivation of intellectual virtues may play in sustaining democracy's wisdom of the crowd."

•	The Ethics Lab at SDSU in Brookings was granted $7,000 for “Populism and the Recovery of Intellectual Virtues Project,” a two-day workshop in Brookings Sept. 26-27 featuring SDSU faculty, two recognized scholars, and six other participating scholars.


'Way Out West' West River History Conference

West River History Conference, based in Rapid City, received $2,900 for its 2019 conference Oct. 10-12 in Deadwood. The "Way Out West" themed 2019 West River History Conference will be held at the 1893 Martin and Mason Hotel in Deadwood. In its 27th year, WRHC promotes both amateur and professional historical research in an academic presentation environment. Awards and prizes are given to researchers during the conference, which educates the community and promotes historical research through many avenues of discovery: family memoir, photographs, records and archives, Lakota oral history and more. The conference features more than 40 presenters.

•	West River History Conference, based in Rapid City, received $2,900 for its 2019 conference Oct. 10-12 in Deadwood. The “Way Out West” themed 2019 West River History Conference will be held at the 1893 Martin and Mason Hotel in Deadwood.

West River History Conference, based in Rapid City, received $2,900 for its 2019 conference Oct. 10-12 in Deadwood, which is themed "Way Out West." The 2018 conference theme, depicted in the above photo of the Missouri River, was "A River Runs Through It."

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