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Thanks to all of our librarian grant writers: Mrs. Olga Casey, Mrs. Ruth Elder, Mrs. Rachel Hooper, Mrs. Alyssa Martin, Mrs. Donna Miller, Dr. Marty Olliff, Dr. Christopher Shaffer, Mr. Jeff Simpson, Dr. Kristine Stilwell, Ms. Lisa Vardaman, Mr. Brian Webb and Ms. Debbie West.


Wade Hall Traveling Postcards Display, $2,500, Fall 2016.The Alabama Humanities Foundation awarded the Troy University Library a grant to create two traveling exhibits of postcards showcasing cities and towns from around Alabama. The exhibits will be made up of historical postcards from the Wade Hall Collection at the Troy University Archives. The first exhibit will depict bustling city streets, such as 20th Street in Birmingham, historic streets, such as Dexter Avenue in Montgomery, and small town streets, such as Front Street in Carbon Hill. The second exhibit will showcase Alabama historical and governmental buildings in cities large and small. The buildings include courthouses, post offices, schools, and churches. These postcards range from the early 1900s to the 1960s.

Pragda Spanish Film Festival, $2,500, Fall 2016 The Troy Campus Library received funds to host a Spanish film festival. In additional to the film screenings, discussions relating to Spanish history and culture will take place.

Banned Books Week Grant, $1,000 June 2016. The Troy University Library and 5 other libraries across the country were awarded the Banned Books Week grant, which is funded and awarded by the Judith F. Krug Fund and the Freedom to Read Foundation. This grant helps promote "Read-Outs" or other events during Banned Books Week. (A Banned Books Week Read-Out is an event at which people gather to read from books that have been banned or challenged over the years, in order to celebrate the freedom to read.) Events will take place on the Troy, Dothan, and Montgomery campuses during Banned Books Week, September 25-October 1, 2016. Look at the following sites for additional information on the grant and the events: BBW LibGuide and Freedom to Read Foundation

Tournees Film Festival, $2,200 June 2016. The Tournées Film Festival, a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassysupports American colleges and university campuses in organizing their own French film festivals. It offers the best of contemporary and French films recently released in the U.S. The Troy University Library will screen 6 films, ranging from classic to alternative titles, throughout October and November 2016.

Big Read, $16,600 May 2016. A National Endowment for the Arts grant to host "Big Read" a program designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture.
Managed by Arts Midwest, "The Big Read" program exposes citizens to great works of literature and encourages them to read for pleasure and enrichment. The grants enable selected organizations to promote and carry out community-based reading programs around a single book, featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events.
Troy University, one of 77 organizations nationally, and the only one in Alabama, to be awarded an NEA Big Read grant will organize activities around the book, "Silver Sparrow," by Tayari Jones. More Information

Native Voices, $250, December 2015 A traveling exhibition awarded by the American Library Association on behalf of the National Library of Meicine. Native Voices explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for Native People is tied to community, the land and spirit. Through interviews, Native People describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land and the inhibition of culture on the health of Native individuals and communities today.

Wiregrass Common Heritage Project, $12,000, December 2015. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities which will enable digitization of materials about the Wiregrass region, which spans southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia, and northwest Florida, and create public programs including a workshop on African American genealogical sources in Alabama. Troy will partner with the Dothan Landmarks Foundation and Houston-Love Memorial Library to host two community scanning days, post digitized items to the Alabama Mosaic repository, provide public programming intended to engage residents of this region, and commemorate the history of the region. While preserving the history of this under-documented region, the project will also provide community training in recording and capturing community archives.

Pragda Spanish Film Festival, $2,500, Fall 2015 & Spring 2016 The Troy Campus Library received funds to host a Spanish film festival. In additional to the film screenings, discussions relating to Spanish history and culture took place.

South Arts, Southern Circuit-Civic Engagement through the Arts, $2400, March 30, 2015 The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Founded in 1975, South Arts is a nonprofit regional arts organization that builds on the South's unique heritage and enhances the public value of the arts. South Arts works in partnership with state art agencies throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This grant provides for a six film series that is aimed at raising awareness about critical issues and events through the use of various films. As part of this series, filmmakers travel to the Troy Campus to screen their films and interact with the audience. The Southern Circuit film screenings are scheduled in the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.

"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History", $3,000 August 17th, 2015. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA), it will enable Troy University Libraries to hold public programming — such as public film screenings, lectures, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, local history exhibitions, or performances — about Latino history and culture.

Northeast Asia Council (NEAC), "Korean Instructional Materials Grant," $1,000, April 22, 2015

Funds will allow the purchase of materials to suport the Confucius Institute's initiatives relating to Korean language instruction.

Pragda Spanish Film Festival, $2,500, November 12, 2014

The Troy Campus Library received funds to host a Spanish film festival. In additional to the film screenings, discussions relating to Spanish history and culture took place.

French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Tournees Film Festival, $2,200, October 21, 2014

The Troy Campus Library received funds to host a French film festival. In addition to film screenings, discussions relating to French history and culture took place.

Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Smithsonian Institute Museum on Main Street Program Installation, "The Way We Worked," May 19—June 26, 2015.

The Wiregrass Archives and the Troy Dothan Campus Library will host this traveling exhibit from mid-May through late-June, 2015. The Dothan Campus is one of six recipients of this installation in Alabama during the 2014-2015 exhibition season.

Historic Chattahoochee Commission Matching Grant to The Wiregrass Archives, "For Further Information: Historic Site Geomarking Prototype Project." $500, December 2, 2014.

This small grant to the Wiregrass Archives supports a project to link named buildings and commemorative trees to digital information about the named honorees. Products include a website of information, an interactive map, and QR codes located at each of 12 named entities to link mobile devices to the information.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, Grant in support of local programming and advertising for "The Way We Worked," $2,000, June 1, 2014.

The Alabama Humanities Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities provide a grant of $2000 in support of "The Way We Worked" installations. Awarded to The Wiregrass Archives.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, "Wiregrass Blues Project," $1,500, May 1, 2014.

Troy's Dothan Library served as a partner on this project, that was led by Dr. Jeneve Brooks and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Wiregrass Blues Project's goal is to educate people of all ages about the extensive role Blues music have played in the history of the Wiregrass region. Activities included a community-wide concert, an educational panel discussion, and public school visits by performers.

National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association, "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys Round 2," $1,000, March 31, 2014.

A follow-up to the original Let's Talk About It grant, students and faculty on the Troy campus participated in a series of five book discussions relating to Muslim history and culture.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, "They Had No Voice," $1,000, December 20, 2013.

The AHF partially supported Mr. Denny Abbott, who exposed the abuses at the Mount Meigs Youth Detention facility, in giving lectures on Troy's Dothan, Montgomery, and Troy campuses.

Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA), "2014 Wiregrass Blues Fest," $4,230, December 6, 2013.

Troy's Dothan Library served as a partner on this project that was led Dr. Jeneve Brooks and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Wiregrass Blues Project's goal is to educate people of all ages about the extensive role Blues music have played in the history of the Wiregrass region. Activities included a community-wide concert, an educational panel discussion, and public school visits by performers.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, "Troy University Library Lecture Series: Muslim Journeys," $1,797, September 13, 2013.

The AHF provided funds to support three lectures on Troy's Dothan and Troy campuses by Dr. Matt Malczycki of Auburn University. Dr. M is an expert on Middle Eastern history, and was speaking in conjunction with the NEH's Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant. Also funded was a book discussion, led by Dr. John Cressler of Georgia Tech University. Dr. Cressler discussed his book, Emeralds of Alhambra, which is set during a period of relative peace in Moorish Spain. The author discussed ways in which people of today could learn from this period of history.

French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), "The Tournees Film Festival," $1,800, August, 6, 2013.

The Troy campus library received funds to host a French film festival. In addition to film screenings, discussions relating to French history and culture took place.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant, "The Summer Spectacular/Girls, Inc. Program,"$2,000, August 2, 2013.

In collaboration with the Education Department, the Dothan Campus Library purchased $4,000 worth of children's literature to support the Summer Spectacular initiative. Geared toward elementary students, the program provides reading and other educational reinforcement for Dothan, AL students for one month each summer. The library in Troy has a reciprocal relationship with the local public library, meaning area residents will continue to benefit from this project for many years to come.

National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle," $1,200, June 6, 2013.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History provided Troy's Dothan campus library with a set documentaries on the Civil Rights era along with funds for programming. Troy University Dothan faculty provided lectures before each film. Participating faculty members included Dr. Robert Saunders.

National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association, "Let's Talk About It: Muslim Journeys," $4,500, May 9, 2013.

This NEH grant, administered through the ALA, provided funds for Troy's Dothan campus library to host five book discussions on books from the NEH's Muslim Journeys Bookshelf. It also provided funds for a librarian and another faculty member to attend a workshop on the Let's Talk About It program.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, "Muslim Journeys: Lecture Series," $1613.60, March 14, 2013.

The AHF provided funds to support four lectures on Troy's Dothan and Troy campuses by Dr. Matt Malczycki of Auburn University. Dr. M is an expert on Middle Eastern history, and was speaking in conjunction with the NEH's Muslim Journeys Bookshelf grant.

National Endowment for the Humanities, "Muslim Journeys Bookshelf "(awarded to the Dothan, Troy, and Montgomery, AL campuses), $2,100 (equivalent), January 9, 2013.

All three of Troy's libraries received a set of 25 books and four DVDs relating to Islamic history, culture, and religion. In total, 953 libraries nationwide received these materials, which would then serve as a basis for programming that included book and film discussions as well as lecture series.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, "Paper Clips Project," $1,400, December 1, 2012.

The AHF provided support funds for Sandra Roberts, creator of the Paper Clips Project, to make multiple presentations on several of Troy's campuses, as well as other venues in southeast Alabama.

Temple Emanu-El, Dothan, AL, "Paper Clips Project," $1,000, November 15, 2012.

The Temple Emanu-El provided support funds for Sandra Roberts, creator of the Paper Clips Project, to make multiple presentations on several of Troy's campuses, as well as other venues in southeast Alabama.

Northeast Asia Council (NEAC), Instructional Materials Grant, "Korean Educational Materials," $1,000, November 13, 2012.

This grant, matched by Troy's Dothan campus library, allowed for the development of a collection of materials on Korea to help support instruction in the History Department.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, "Troy University Libraries Lecture Series," $1,150, December 20, 2011.

The AHF provided support for two different programs, which were hosted on the Troy and Dothan campuses. Stan Arthur, and his subject, Ed Wood, discussed and screened their documentary My Anniston, which chronicled Mr. Wood's experiences during the civil rights era in Anniston, Alabama. In a separate pair of lectures, Rachel Hawkins, author of the Hex Hall series of books, published by Disney/Hyperion, discussed her books, the creative writing process, and how to become a published author.

The Nippon Foundation, "Read Japan Book Donation Program, 2011," $4,000 (equivalent), October 11, 2011.

The Nippon Foundation provided a collection of 76 books to Troy's Dothan campus library on Japanese history, culture, politics, and religion.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant, "The Summer Spectacular Reading Program," $2,000, principal investigator, with co-directors Olga Knyaz and Dr. Cynthia Hicks, August 19, 2011.

In collaboration with the Education Department, the Dothan Campus Library purchased $4,000 worth of children's literature to support the Summer Spectacular initiative. Geared toward elementary students, the program provides reading and other educational reinforcement for Dothan, AL students for one month each summer. The library in Troy has a reciprocal relationship with the local public library, meaning area residents will continue to benefit from this project for many years to come.

Alabama Humanities Foundation, "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965," $1947, June 10, 2011.

AHF provided funds to support to speakers relating to the ALA traveling exhibition by the same name. Rabbi Kenneth Kantor spoke about his book, The Jews of Tin Pan Alley, and Dr. Thomas Nadar discussed the life and works of Kurt Weill.

The Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS) Library Acquisitions Grants, "Developing a Turkish History Monographic Collection for the Troy University Libraries," $2,500, May 11, 2011.

Troy's Dothan Library provided matching funds, leading to the development of a collection of books on Turkish and Middle Eastern history, culture, and religion. In total, more than $5,000 worth of materials were purchased.

American Library Association (ALA) Exhibition Grant, "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965, March 11, 2011.

Troy's Dothan library was selected to host this traveling exhibit from the ALA, which examined Jewish composers contributions to the American Songbook.

Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) Mini-Grant, "Troy University Black History Month Lecture Series," $1,975.00, September 7, 2010.

AHF provided funds to help support "Cowboy" Mike Searles, who provided four lectures on the Troy, Dothan, and Montgomery campuses about the role of Black Cowboys in the American West.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant, "Houston-Love Memorial Library Summer Reading Program," $2,000, July 26, 2010.

In collaboration with Drs. Kris Ross and Jeneve Brooks of the Arts & Sciences Department, Troy's Dothan library purchased sets of four children's books that were then distributed to participants in the Houston-Love Memorial Library's summer reading program.

French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Tournees Film Festival Grant Recipient, $1,800, July 26, 2010.

Troy's Dothan campus library received funds to host a French film festival. In addition to film screenings, discussions relating to French history and culture took place.

Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) Mini-Grant, "Ann Rosenheck: A Witness to the Holocaust," $1,700, March 1, 2010.

AHF provided funds to assist the Libraries in bringing Holocaust survivor Ann Rosenheck to southeast Alabama to discuss her remarkable story of survival and forgiveness. Mrs. Rosenheck spoke at all three Troy libraries and at two public schools. A survivor of three concentration camps, her story was ultimately heard by over 1,500 people.

Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Instructional Materials Grant, "Japanese Historical and Cultural Materials," $1,000, November 28, 2009.

This grant, matched by Troy's Dothan campus library, allowed for the development of a collection of materials on Japan to help support instruction in the History Department.

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant, "Summer Spectacular," $2,000, August 31, 2009

In collaboration with the Education Department, the Dothan Campus Library purchased $4,000 worth of children's literature to support the Summer Spectacular initiative. Geared toward elementary students, the program provides reading and other educational reinforcement for Dothan, AL students for one month each summer. The library in Troy has a reciprocal relationship with the local public library, meaning area residents will continue to benefit from this project for many years to come.

Alabama Humanities Foundation (AHF) Project Grant, "Alabama Illustrated: Nineteenth Century Magazine Engravings of the State," $1,797.20, July 1, 2009.

Historic Chattahoochee Commission (HCC) Matching Grant for Phase 2 of the Wiregrass Church Documentation Project, $500, October 15, 2008.

The HCC provided funds to assist the Wiregrass Archives in documenting historic wooden churches in the Wiregrass region.

Institute of Museum and Library Studies, Connecting to Collections Bookshelf recipient, August 1, 2008.

The IMLS awarded the Troy University main campus library a collection of materials relating to preservation.

French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Tournees Film Festival Grant Recipient, $1,800, July, 25, 2008.

The Troy University Dothan campus library received funds to host a French film festival. In addition to film screenings, discussions relating to French history and culture took place.

Institute of Museum and Library Studies, Connecting to Collections Bookshelf Recipient, February 19, 2008.

The IMLS awarded the Troy University Dothan Library and Wiregrass Archives a collection of materials relating to preservation.

Institute of Museum and Library Studies, National Leadership Grants for Libraries, $142,319, October 1, 2000

This grant provided funds for the development for the Wiregrass Archives on the Troy University Dothan Campus. Originally named the Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture, the WA is a unique regional repository dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of the Wiregrass, which comprises counties in southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia, and Northwest Florida.


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