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Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov Media Contact: Michael L. Gillette, Humanities Texas, (512) 440-1991

Nov. 20, 2006



Humanities Texas Awards Grant for New Deal Web Project

AUSTIN, Texas — Humanities Texas has awarded Texas Parks and Wildlife Department a grant of $10,000 to support the development of an online education center exploring the history of Texas in the 1930s and 1940s.

Titled “A New Deal for Texas,” the web pages on the TPWD site will feature lesson plans and historical essays that will help students investigate approximately 50 digitized historical images, artifacts and documents relating to New Deal programs in Texas, such as the creation of popular destinations like Garner, Bastrop, and Balmorhea State Parks by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Images of previously unemployed young men learning masonry skills, carving unique furnishings or building dams will help students understand how the development of Texas State Parks was linked to stories of individual Texans.

“The New Deal played a central role in Texas during the twentieth century,” said project director Angela Davis. “This project will help students link the histories in their own backyards to larger historical narratives.”

“This project will be a valuable resource for students learning about Texas and U.S. history,” added Humanities Texas Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Humanities Texas is pleased to support its development.”

The grant was made possible by the Linden Heck Howell Memorial Fund. This fund was established in memory of Ms. Howell, former member and chair of the Humanities Texas board of directors, as a lasting tribute to her service to the organization and her commitment to the study of Texas history.

The state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Texas develops and supports programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibits and documentary films.

Humanities Texas grants have supported a wide range of humanities–based public programs, including lectures, symposia, oral history projects, teacher institutes and museum exhibitions.

Humanities Texas grants have also helped to produce innovative Web programming and award-winning radio and video documentaries, many of which address little-known aspects of Texas history.

This award to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department reflects Humanities Texas’ continuing commitment to outstanding and diverse public programming.

For more information about this project, contact Angela Davis at angela.davis@tpwd.texas.gov.

For more information about the Humanities Texas grants program, please contact Eric Lupfer at (512) 440-1991 ext. 120 or elupfer@humanitiestexas.org. Grant guidelines and applications are available on the organization’s Web site.

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