NEH Awards CHNM Grant for History Matters

Posted: October 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Erica Pirrung

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) a $245,000 grant for the expansion of the History Matters web site.

History Matters was designed for teachers of U.S. history survey courses at high schools and colleges worldwide. Fully launched in the fall of 1998, the site serves as a gateway to web resources and offers teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and discussions on teaching history.

CHNM received the grant in July 2000, and NEH will award an additional $3,000 matching grant, to be paid when CHNM raises the matching funds. According to Roy Rosenzweig, principal investigator and director of CHNM, getting the grant was a challenge because NEH only funds approximately 15 percent of grant applications in the humanities.

Some of the additions to the site this fall are interactive exercises that explore the historian’s craft, more primary documents, syllabi and classroom resources, additional articles linking the past with the present, and an expansion of its annotated and searchable guide to the most useful web sites for teachers.

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