Press Releases

Recipients of Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War Announced

The North Carolina Humanities Council has selected Wilkes Central High School’s project “Hammer Down” and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County’s “Invisible Wounds of War” as the recipients of the Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War grants for the spring cycle. Standing Together is an initiative launched by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to promote the understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans.

Smithsonian Sports Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, in cooperation with the North Carolina Humanities Council, continues its exploration and celebration of sports in our heritage as it hosts the local showing of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Hometown Teams will be on view through April 11.

Humanities Council Funds Exhibition on the History of Lebanese Immigrants in North Carolina

Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina, 130 Years of History opens at Levine Museum on March 7 and is the first exhibit to commemorate the history of Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home since the 1880s.  Researched and developed by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at N.C.

“Cherokee Fabrics and Feather Capes” Free Talk at Museum of the Cherokee Indian

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian is offering a free program Friday evening March 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ken Blankenship Education and Research Center on Highway 441 in Cherokee North Carolina.  “Cherokee Fabrics and Feather Capes” will include presentations by scholars and tribal members. 

Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to Mount Airy

Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Kickball. Surfing. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and many others. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, in cooperation with the North Carolina Humanities Council, will celebrate this connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.

North Carolina Humanities Council Welcomes New Trustees and Elects Chair and Vice Chair

The North Carolina Humanities Council has elected Neva J. Specht as the new Chair and Timothy A. Minor as Vice Chair. Jonathan Buchan, Kip Frey, and Carol Vorhaus were elected to serve as trustees and assumed their role on the board in November. Abelia Ruiz Caraballo, Quentin Johnson, Jenne Norris, Misty Odell, and John Tayloe will all serve 6 year terms as Gubernatorial appointees.

NC Humanities Council Plans Move to Charlotte

The North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC) will move its administrative offices to Charlotte in early 2015, to take advantage of what its leaders believe are new and exciting opportunities for organizational development and collaborations in the state’s largest city.

Council Awards 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award and Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announces John Thomas York as the recipient of its 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. Also, the Council awarded the Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries for their project “Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970.” Both awards were presented at the 2014 Caldwell Award ceremony at Wake Forest University on October 30.

North Carolina Humanities Council Selects New Board Chair

Neva J. Specht of Deep Gap has been elected Chair of the board for the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She assumes leadership from Cynthia (Cindy) Brodhead of Durham, who served as Chair from October 2012 to October 2014 and will continue as a council trustee for another year.

“Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970” Receive Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities

“Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970,” received the 2014 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Project director Karen Loughmiller and photographer Andrea Clark accepted the award for the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries at the 2014 Caldwell Award Ceremony held at Wake Forest University.