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Museum receives living history grant

Posted on October 12, 2021

Updated on October 13, 2021

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A grant will help the Tobacco Farm Life Museum launch a living history program with costumed interpreters.

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A grant will help the Tobacco Farm Life Museum launch a living history program with costumed interpreters.

KENLY — The Tobacco Farm Life Museum has received a federal grant to create a living history program.

The grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will provide funding for staff, research, training and historically accurate costumes for living history interpreters.

The program will be in development through year’s end, with a tentative launch date in the spring of 2022.

Melody Worthington, the museum’s executive director, said the living history program would build on the museum’s Stepping into the Past Saturday series of demonstrations.

“We are excited to bring a new type of program to the museum ... to more regularly bring history to life through living history interpretation and demonstrations,” she said.

“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities and the SHARP program for this funding and opportunity to expand and bring new life to our programming.”

SHARP is short for Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan.

Adam Wolfson is the National Endowment for the Humanities action chairman.

“The American Rescue Plan recognizes that the cultural and educational sectors are essential components of the United States economy and civic life, vital to the health and resilience of American communities,” he said. “These new grants will provide a lifeline to the country’s colleges and universities, museums, libraries, archives, historical sites and societies, save thousands of jobs in the humanities placed at risk by the pandemic and help bring economic recovery to cultural and educational institutions and those they serve.”

In all, the American Rescue Plan awarded $135 million in supplemental funding to the NEH.

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