This Special Anniversary Edition of the digital library of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities presents selected grant products from 40 years of projects funded by the Council as the independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The library showcases the Council’s role as a hub for new ideas and initiatives: for over four decades the Council has supported over 1,600 grants and programs for education, cultural heritage, preservation, and community engagement that have involved hundreds of thousands of citizens. We are delighted to feature a select number of projects as a way to launch the library online. Our hope is that the digital library will provide unprecedented access to the comprehensive archive of Council-supported projects.
Featured now are 59 grant products from 19 projects, grouped into three thematic exhibits with brief introductions to each. The exhibits accompany “Telling Our Story” by Nancy Austin, PhD featured in the Council's 40th Anniversary Report, published in January 2014.
- The Lively Experiment, engages Rhode Island’s exceptional Colonial Charter and its legacy of tolerance and the principle of separation of church and state.
- Our Stories, Our Rhode Island, conveys the achievements of immigrant and heritage histories, with a focus on the Cape Verdean community.
- Place Making, suggests the significant role that Council grants have played in the revitalization of Providence and other Rhode Island locales.