The National Endowment for the Humanities is slated for defunding by the President’s budget. While NEH funding costs the taxpayer less than $.50 a year, it is seen by some Americans as an abstract agency created to benefit academics and intellectuals, serving no purpose for the greater good of average Americans.
Nothing could be farther from the truth.
The NEH funds national programs that preserve of US history, such as the funding to locate and excavate the remains of the original Jamestown settlement, and create documentary films that change the way we understand who we are, like Ken Burns’ The Civil War. They also support programs in all 50 states and 6 territories, which offer programs for schoolchildren, military veterans, and regional historical societies.
Here in Delaware, NEH support makes it possible for Delaware Humanities to send speakers into children’s classrooms, fund exhibits at local museums, libraries, and historical societies, and bring writers, scholars, and leaders to Delaware to share their experiences with all of us.