Save the date: the National Humanties Alliance is holding their Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day on March 13th and 14th. Their goal in that time period is for everyone “to visit Members of Congress from all 50 states to ensure that Congress serves as a stopgap to any efforts to defund the National Endowment for the Humanities.” Check out their video of testimonials about the 2016 Humanities Advocacy Day:
Let’s get behind our Kentucky Humanities Council who brings in a big chunk of NEH funding for distribution around our state – including support for our KATH annual meetings! We want also to show support for our state’s educational institutions and local organizations who reach out to get grants from NEH for wonderful programming support.
On Saturday, July 23rd, the KATH Board met in Lexington to review the site for this fall’s Annual Meeting – the W.T.Young Library at the University of Kentucky. Register today online via the KATH website!
KATH President Megan Mummey reported that she had applied for a mini-grant ($1000) from the Kentucky Humanities Council at the end of June. She was notified on 7/29 that it was accepted in full. The money will go towards honoraria for the guest speakers at the annual meeting and for student awards to be presented on October 29th.
The group met first at Great Bagel – and all agreed it would be great to have them cater breakfast (coffee and bagels) for early arrivers at the Annual Meeting. Megan also reported on her conversations with Eric Brooks at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, regarding the customary Friday night reception on October 28th. Ashland is generously waiving their customary $300 fee for KATH to hold the reception there.
The Board is seeking nominations for President Elect, a Private/Independent Universities Representative, Research Universities Representative, Public Historian Representative, and Librarian/Archivist Representative. If interested, please contact Lorie Maltby (KATH Secretary, email@example.com) or Megan Mummey (KATH President, firstname.lastname@example.org; 859-257-6942).
Watch for a newsletter to come out at the end of August – more information about the KATH Board and the upcoming Annual Meeting. Many thanks to Amanda Higgins, Kentucky Historical Society, for getting our old newsletter going again!
Looking forward to seeing you at the KATH conference in Louisville this weekend. Check out the wonderful agenda – featuring Dr. George C. Herring who will kick off the conference theme centering on the War of 1812.
Starting at the Filson Historical Society on Friday at 7:30 p.m., you can meet the conference speakers. The next morning have breakfast at DuPont Manual High School and buy some wonderful history books from the University Press of Kentucky. The Phi Alpha Theta students of Campbellsville University are helping out too. After Dr. Herring speaks, you will be invited to discuss in small groups the impact and meaning of the War of 1812. Eat lunch and watch a living history performance by Harry Smith, a Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua character playing a militiaman from Kentucky. After that, we vote for the new KATH Board for 2013-14 and celebrate our student writing award-winners. At the end of the day, take a tour of the historic Halleck Hall with our wonderful host, DPM social studies teacher extraordinaire, Allison Hunt.
See the call for KATH Board members.
Download .pdf file of KATH 2012 Conference Brochure — and a Flyer here.
The KATH Summit participants (and whoever else is interested) are invited to a site visit in Louisville on Monday June 18th. Allison Martin Hunt (http://allisonhunt.wikispaces.com) is the advisor for the duPont Manual High School History Club – and they have generously offered to serve as the site host for the KATH Conference 2012.
We invite you to visit the site and continue in the discussions about the upcoming meeting set for Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Other items of interest:
A group of scholars successfully completed and submitted on June 1st a Kentucky Humanities Council minigrant on behalf of KATH. We want to thank personally:
* Alana Cain Scott (KATH Treasurer and project bookkeeper)
* Melissa McEuen, Transylvania U (project humanities advisor)
* Randolph Hollingsworth, University of KY (project director)
* Allison Martin Hunt, duPont Manual High School (conference co-sponsor)
* Chris Taylor, EKU (conference co-sponsor)
* Kris DuRocher (conference co-sponsor), Morehead
* Karen Petrone, UK (conference co-sponsor)
* George Herring, UK (keynoter for Sept 15th)
* John Bowes, EKU (workshop facilitator)
* Louise T. Jones, KHS (workshop facilitator)
* Alicestyne Turley, UL (workshop facilitator)