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Cultural Heritage/Sustainability

Libraries and museums are keystones sustaining communities' sense of place and cultural identity.

Search the Awarded Grants database for grants to programs that strengthen cultural heritage/sustainability (issue areas have only been assigned to grants awarded since FY 2009)

Cultural heritage/sustainability content on the IMLS Web site:
florida memory radio
Blog Post: Music to My Ears

August 27, 2015 01:02 PM
The State Archives of Florida was awarded the Archival Innovator Award for their Florida Memory Radio project. The 24-hour Internet radio station provides access to musical recordings from their archives. Read More

 
New Bedford Whaling Museum apprentices take a selfie in front of the world’s largest ship model, Lagoda.
Blog Post: Why Host a High School Apprentice Program?

August 5, 2015 10:04 AM
The New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts an afterschool apprenticeship program to inspire high school students to enroll in college. Read More

 
Blog Post: New Report Examines Impacts of C2C Statewide Planning Grants

July 23, 2015 01:31 PM
The report looks at the IMLS Connecting to Collections Statewide Planning Grants to assess their impact and identify ways to move forward in caring for our nation’s treasures. Read More

 
Three WWI soldiers in uniform pose for photos
Blog Post: Remembering World War One: A Community Centered Approach to Commemoration

July 21, 2015 03:56 PM
With the guidance and support of the United States World War One Centennial Commission, the Connecticut State Library is telling the story of The Great War through the lens of the nation, the state, the community, and the individual. Read More

 
Sign for the White House Conference on Aging on the South Lawn in front of the White House.
Blog Post: Your Guide to Participating in the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

July 8, 2015 04:07 PM
The White House Conference on Aging will be on July 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. We encourage libraries and museums to host and register a watch party to participate in this important event. Read More

 
People seated at the naturalization ceremony at George Washington's Mount Vernon
Blog Post: Celebrating Citizenship at Museums and Libraries

July 7, 2015 01:34 PM
Over the Fourth of July weekend, more than 50 naturalization ceremonies took place across the country, including some in museums and libraries. Read More

 
Blog Post: Leveraging Local Partnerships to Support Immigrant Integration

July 1, 2015 09:30 AM
In Rhode Island, Learning Lounges in public libraries provide space and technology to help adult learners, especially immigrants who study English as a Second Language. Read More

 
Blog Post: Los Angeles Public Library: Where Dreams Come True

June 30, 2015 03:08 PM
Sergio Sanchez, with the help of the Los Angeles Public Library, achieved his dream of becoming a citizen of the United States. Read More

 
Juan Delgado and Emerald Tanner
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Octavia Fellin Public Library

June 23, 2015 03:19 PM
Emerald Tanner interviews her uncle, Juan Delgado, about his 32 years dressing up as Santa Claus for their family and for the whole Gallup, New Mexico community. Read More

 
Teens in Barcelona work on a stop-motion animation project
Blog Post: Spreading the Word: Library Learning Labs Go Abroad

June 17, 2015 09:07 AM
The Digital Librarian for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh traveled to Spain to share the 21st century skills that The Labs offer to teens. Read More

 
Blog Post: Healthy Aging – Can Libraries and Museums Play a Role?

June 5, 2015 10:37 AM
A pre-conference to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging focused on how the arts impact healthy aging. Read More

 
Teacher Sally Prickett poses with Kwame and one of her students.
Blog Post: Empowering Children through Poetry and Publishing

April 30, 2015 03:02 PM
The Calhoun County Library worked with Newberry Award-winning author Kwame Alexander to provide students from local schools the chance to write and publish their own poetry. Read More

 
Madeline LeCesne speaks at the podium at the White House.
Blog Post: Celebrating National Poetry Month with Student Poets

April 24, 2015 10:32 AM
From the White House to Buffalo, NY, the 2014 National Student Poets have been engaging communities with the gift of poetry. Read More

 
Photograph of the Phoenix Steam Fire Engine No. # in 1885.
Blog Post: Remembering Lincoln: Personal Stories about the Lincoln Assassination

April 16, 2015 03:36 PM
Ford’s Theatre launched the Remembering Lincoln digital collection to engage present-day Americans with stories of people who lived through President Lincoln’s assassination. Read More

 
Photo of graphophone
Blog Post: Hearing History

March 18, 2015 01:43 PM
The “Hear My Voice”: Alexander Graham Bell and the Origins of Recorded Sound exhibit at the National Museum of American History used IRENE technology to make digital copies of some of the earliest sound recordings ever made. Read More

 
Woman teaches teens how to create a book.
Museums as Social Agents: Storytelling Aids Emotional Healing

February 5, 2015 02:35 PM
Sandy Spring Museum helped immigrant youth in their community tell their stories through words, photography, and art. Read More

 
Yiddish Book Center interviewees
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Yiddish Book Center

January 22, 2015 02:24 PM
Amy S. Klein's father, Arthur S. Klein, recently passed away. Amy talks to Christa Whitney about her father's personal connection to the Yiddish Book Center, where Christa works and where Arthur started volunteering as a docent at age 82. Read More

 
Susan Hildreth
Blog Post: A Message of Farewell

January 15, 2015 03:53 PM
During my four years leading IMLS, we helped shaped a future course for the nation’s libraries and museums through our investments, partnerships, and leadership initiatives. Read More

 
Students standing in front of a green screen
Blog Post: 2014 Meteorology Makers’ Club Fair

January 8, 2015 08:38 AM
After three months of learning, making, and tinkering, nineteen middle school students from the Meteorology Makers’ Club in Norman, OK, proudly displayed their creations. Read More

 
Photo of Operation AmeriCorps document and stamp
Blog Post: Operation AmeriCorps Competition Launches

November 24, 2014 12:09 PM
The new grant competition will provide national service resources to solve tribal and community challenges. Read More

 
Photos of North Carolina religious books.
Blog Post: Introducing: The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection

November 18, 2014 03:15 PM
The digital collection reflects the diversity and complex history of faith and practice in the state. Read More

 
From left to right: Donovan Spirey and Chip Leslie
Blog Post: StoryCorps Interview: Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

November 13, 2014 08:39 AM
Wildlife Biologist Chip Leslie talks to his 8-year-old grandson, Donovan, about science, their regular visits to the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman, Oklahoma, and the exhibit that Donovan would most like to see. Read More

 
Blog Post: California Libraries Pay Tribute to Veterans

November 10, 2014 04:03 PM
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we take a look at how the California State Library is serving its veteran community. Read More

 
Image of Art Beyond Sight pamphlets and flyers
Blog Post: October is Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month

October 17, 2014 11:09 AM
Art Beyond Sight is raising awareness of accessibility to the arts for people who are blind or have low vision. Read More

 
A child takes a photo of the program with his tablet.
Blog Post: Interview: Nevada State Library and Archives

October 7, 2014 01:15 PM
Nevada uses federal funds to digitize historical records, support literacy and workforce development, and keep teens learning after school. Read More

 
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Blog Post: Growing Up at the Library

October 7, 2014 09:07 AM
Avree Walker talks about how his time spent at the Las Vegas-Clark County Public Library inspired him to pursue a career in the performing arts. Read More

 
A girl pictured with the InfoMe logo
Blog Post: Immigrant and Refugee Youth Use Technology to Help their Families and Neighbors

September 11, 2014 10:54 AM
InfoMe finds that youth express both satisfaction and stress as they use their tech skills as lifelines for others. Read More

 
Louis Lafair
Blog Post: Poets on Poets: Louis Lafair

September 5, 2014 09:54 AM
Inaugural National Student Poet, Claire Lee, returns to interview the 2013 Class of National Student Poets. Learn more about National Student Poet Louis Lafair and the highlights of his year as an ambassador of poetry. Read More