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UW-Eau Claire Professors Receive
$100,000 NEH Grant for History Project
MAILED: July 9, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The National Endowment for the Humanities has notified two professors at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire that their efforts to improve instruction in the humanities and social studies at Augusta Middle/High School will receive support in the form of $100,000 from its Schools for a New Millennium grant program.
Through the Center for History Teaching and Learning at UW-Eau Claire, Dr. Kate Lang, assistant professor of history and project director, is creating an opportunity for Augusta teachers of grades 6-12 to work with staff from the Chippewa Valley Museum and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, as well as university faculty with expertise in history, art and educational technology. Augusta teachers will develop interdisciplinary, project-based, standards-based units that will engage their students in historical inquiry about their town and will guide them in presenting their research to the community of Augusta.
According to Lang, the Summer Institute just concluded and teachers have begun work on their curricular projects. "One will look at the history of businesses in Augusta and advertising in Augusta newspapers, and another will study the history of foods and ethnicity in the town," said Lang. "The school librarian has also begun preservation work with paper artifacts."
As part of this process, students will add an "Augusta wing" to the Virtual Museum of the Chippewa Valley. The virtual museum, created by project co-director Dr. Roger Tlusty, professor of foundations of education, is a collection of more than 1000 images of documents, photographs and objects depicting life in the Chippewa Valley that is catalogued in an internet accessible database maintained at CESA-10.
Dr. Ronald Satz, provost and vice chancellor at UW-Eau Claire and a former NEH proposal reviewer, said he knows just how competitive these grants are and is delighted by the news.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 9, 2002