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Cottonwood museum awarded IHC grant

— The Idaho Humanities Council (IHC), the statewide nonprofit organization devoted to enhancing public awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the humanities in Idaho, awarded $80,956 in grants to organizations and individuals at its fall board meeting in Boise. Thirty-three awards include 19 grants for public humanities programs, four research fellowships, nine teacher incentive grants, and one planning grant. The grants were supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and IHC’s Endowment for Humanities Education.

Included in the funding was The Museum at St. Gertrude Monastery, Cottonwood, which received $5,000 to recreate the museum’s entry exhibit to more effectively share the story of the Idaho Benedictine Sisters and their impact on the cultural development of the local area. Mary Schmidt is the project director.

The next deadline for Idaho Humanities Council grant proposals is Jan. 15. IHC strongly recommends that prospective applicants contact staff to discuss their project ideas before completing proposals. Grant guidelines and application instructions are available on IHC’s website at, or by calling 345-5346.


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