Yours truly among Humanities Montana grant recipients

I haven’t really mentioned this publicly yet, but I guess the cat is officially out of the bag: I am embarking upon a book project to document the life and work of Drummond artist Bill Ohrmann; and this week Humanities Montana announced that I am among several folks selected to receive research grants for the coming year. I’ll be talking about this more in the future, needless to say; but for now, here is the press release announcing all of this year’s grants.



Missoula–February 13, 2012

Humanities Montana awarded $33,130 to organizations engaged in humanities projects across the state.  These grants were approved during the Board of Directors’ meeting in Great Falls January 28.

“We are so pleased to support projects on diverse topics throughout Montana,” comments Ken Egan,  executive director of Humanities Montana.  “These grants represent the range of Humanities Montana’s commitments: books focused on Crow history and Butte childhood, studies of migrant workers in the Flathead and Montana’s historic railroad stations, and community conversations on pressing issues in Billings and Miles City.”

The projects are:

“The Woman Who Loved Mankind: The Life of Twentieth-century Crow Elder by Lillian Bullshows Hogan,” University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, Nebraska, $2130. Support for indexing of the forthcoming book, an autobiography of Lillian Bullshows Hogan.

“Children of the Hill: The Meaning and Making of Childhood in Butte, Montana, 1900-1960,” Montana Historical Society, Helena, $2000. Support for the publication of a study of childhood in Butte by Janet Finn.

“Mexican Migrant Families,” Naomi Lapidus Shin, Missoula, $4,000. Research Fellowship to study Mexican migrant workers and their families who travel to the Flathead Valley to pick cherries each summer.

“Tainted Revelations: The Art of Bill Ohrmann,” Joseph A. Nickell, Missoula, $2,000. Research Fellowship to research and write a biographical history of Drummond artist Bill Ohrmann.

“Monuments to Travel: Montana’s Historic Railway Stations,” Mark Hufstetler, Bozeman, $4,000. A Research Fellowship to support a comprehensive, statewide effort to identify the surviving historic railway depots in Montana.

“Montana International Children’s Film Festival,” Alliance Francaise, Missoula, $2,000. Support for a foreign film festival aimed at families, with screenings, workshops, and talks by international students at UM.

“Planning Kootenai Summer 2012,” AlterNative Soulutions, Pablo, $5,000. Support for a new language acquisition method, “Where Are Your Keys?” on the Flathead Reservation.

“Reflections West, Year 3,” Missoula Writing Collaborative, Missoula, $6,000. Support for the five-minute radio program featuring short reflective essays about what it is to be alive in the West.

“The Coal Export Conversation: Billings and Coal Trains,” Yellowstone Valley Citizens Council, Billings, $3,000. A two day conference to share information about plans to increase train traffic through Billings.

“Community Discussion of the Social and Cultural Impact of the Energy Boom in Eastern Montana,” Miles City Public Library, Miles City, $3,000. A community discussion, using the Gracious Space method, about the social and cultural impact of the energy boom in Eastern Montana.

Additional information about Humanities Montana programs and grants can be found at Humanities Montana is the state’s independent nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 1972, Humanities Montana has provided services and grants to hundreds of Montana organizations in support of public programs in history, literature, values, and public issues. Among its many programs are its grants, Speakers Bureau, Reflect reading and discussion program, Letters About Literature, the Humanities Montana Festival of the Book, and the Governor’s Humanities Awards.

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