What Hath Ya’ll Wrought?

With all due apologies to the Book of Numbers and Samuel Morse (a quick aside—win a free AHF car magnet by being the first person to reply to this post and explain the Samuel Morse allusion!), let me pause a moment and thank all of AHF’s donors and supporters for the accomplishments of the past year. Had it not been for you, AHF would not be able to boast of the following. Last year in Alabama, AHF:

Awarded $160,000 in grant funds provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities to public programs in history, literature and other disciplines throughout Alabama;

Continued to help fund the scholarly content for the acclaimed online Encyclopedia of Alabama (www.encyclopediaofalabama.org);

Helped to fund programming that aired on Alabama Public Television such as Sloss: Industry to Art;

Conducted five School & University Partners for Educational Renewal (SUPER) programs in Birmingham (2), Camden, Mobile and Montgomery that provided, free of charge, intensive and invigorating graduate-level seminars to 111 school teachers on focused topics within the humanities intended to enrich their teaching of the same back in their schools;

Conducted two residential SUPER Emerging Scholars (SES) programs in Tuscaloosa and Montgomery that provided, free of charge, a weeklong college-level educational experience in the humanities for 26 disadvantaged high school students from Perry, Elmore, Greene, Jefferson, Montgomery and Macon counties;

Sponsored 62 Road Scholars programs that provided subject-matter experts in the humanities to speak in communities throughout Alabama. Counties served ranged from Jackson to Baldwin, from Lauderdale to Dale, and from Etowah to Sumter. We estimate that our scholars spoke to some 2,500 Alabamians in 2010;

Provided $1,000 Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarships to six Alabama elementary school teachers in order to fund enhanced learning experiences for their students in the areas of history or civics; and

Even found time to help the state celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of To Kill a Mockingbird with events in Birmingham and Montgomery.

AHF anticipates an even more successful year in 2011. For example, SUPER institutes will take place in Birmingham, Mobile, Montevallo and Troy. SES programs will take place in Auburn, Mobile and Montgomery. And, unique in 2011, AHF will partner with the Smithsonian Institution to bring the always popular Museum on Main Street program to Jasper, Alexander City, Marion, Mobile, Eufaula and Arab.

Again, this would not be possible without the kind support of people throughout Alabama (and beyond). So thank you!