Eckstrom, Edwards earn NEH grant for black homesteaders project

Photo Credit: Mikal Eckstrom and Richard Edwards
Fri, 04/10/2020 - 11:00

The digital humanities project "Staking their Claim: Black Homesteaders and the Promise of Land in the Great Plains" has earned funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, according to the organization's announcement.

The grant will allow project co-directors Richard Edwards, professor of economics and director of the Center for Great Plains Studies, and Mikal Eckstrom, a post-doctoral researcher in the center, to plan a traveling exhibition about late-nineteenth-century black homesteaders on the Great Plains.

"It is a joy to be able to announce new projects that will produce vibrant humanities programs and resources for the reopening of our cultural centers and educational institutions," said NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede. "These 224 projects exemplify the spirit of the humanities and their power to educate, enrich, and enlighten."