Historical Society receives National Endowment for Humanities grant

The Contra Costa County Historical Society has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). In part, the grant will fund monitoring equipment that will allow the SocietyNEH Logo MASTER_082010 to track environmental conditions in the various rooms of the Society’s History Center in Martinez.  It will also provide funds to protect the rooms from too much light with special tint on the windows.

“When the email announcing the funding came in,” says Executive Director Priscilla Couden, “I asked all of the volunteers in the room to cross their fingers, and then I opened the email to find that we had indeed received the grant. We are thrilled that the NEH chose our project to fund!”

The National Endowment for the Humanities is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. This grant is part of their Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions.

“The humanities help us study our past, understand our present, and prepare for our future,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams.  “We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans.”

The Contra Costa County Historical Society is located at 724 Escobar St. in Martinez and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Society looks forward to the improved conditions for its many historical documents, maps, and photographs that this grant will provide.

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