Humanities Iowa, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, awarded a grant to the Johnson County Historical Society for the Irving B. Weber Days Annual History Lecture: An Accidental Iowa Historian. The lecture will be offered on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12 PM at the Iowa City Public Library in Iowa City.
According to project director Megan McCollum, the lecture will be given by Dr. Bill Friedricks, the Iowa History Prize recipient. Dr. Friedricks will discuss his journey to become an Iowan historian, his development of the Iowa History Center, and his activates since winning the Iowa History Prize.
"History is an important piece of the humanities," said Humanities Iowa executive director, Christopher Rossi, "and we are pleased to provide support for projects that annually generate historical discussion among the people of Johnson County."
The mission of Humanities Iowa is to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, cultures, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation. For more information on funding opportunities from Humanities Iowa, see its website at http://www.humanitiesiowa.org.