NEH logoThe Still National Osteopathic Museum announced that their final grant for 2009 is a $6,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

NEH is an independent grant-making federal agency dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities. The funds will be used for shelving to house artifacts and museum records. NEH awarded $20 million to more than 300 projects in 2009. This is the first year that the grant was awarded to the museum.

Jason Haxton, director of the Still National Osteopathic Museum, is pleased with the first-time award. “The NEH looks for ways to preserve culture and history across the United States,” he said. “For us, it gives shelving to house about 10,000 artifacts, covering about 1,500 square feet of much needed space.”

In all, the museum received a total of eight grants in 2009, totaling more than $205,000. These funds cover numerous expenses from preservation to restoration and storage.

“We have a wonderful ATSU (A.T. Still University) grant department,” Haxton said. “Their work with the museum curator is the reason that we are so successful.”

In addition to the 2009 grants, the museum received more than $100,000 of donations. These funds are being used to expand the museum galleries and to archive, catalog, and house the always growing collection.

“We hope to have one-third of our collection archived online by the end of 2010,” Haxton said. “It will allow outsiders to use us as a real resource of Osteopathic history without having to make the trip.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extend hours on Thursday until 7 p.m., and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. To find out more, visit www.atsu.edu/museum.

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.

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