Humanities Nebraska (HN, has announced the recipients of its autumn round of educator grants, supporting 15 projects and helping Nebraska teachers around the state to enrich the educations of thousands of Nebraska students. The purpose of the grants is to help celebrate HN’s 50th anniversary in 2023 and to spark the next 50 years of humanities learning, programming and exchange of ideas.

Autumn 2023 recipients include:

  • Adams: Sandy Renken, Daniel Freeman Public Schools, A Day With Carl Wilkens
  • Cedar Rapids: Erin VanDeWalle, Riverside Public School, Table Project
  • Fremont: Michelle Whitman, Johnson Crossing Academic Center, Lied Center Field Trip
  • Harrisburg: Kaitlin Knaub, Banner County School, Novel Study
  • Howells: Scott Polacek, Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools, Anthropology Unit
  • Lincoln: Becky Boswell, Lefler Middle School, Human Identity Project; Carol Flora, Lincoln High School, Turtle Island Earth Celebration; Mark Hansen, Pius X High School, Curriculum Integration through Creative Visualization; Trevor Shalon, Moore Middle School, Virtual Classroom
  • Norfolk: Michelle Lingenfelter, Grant Elementary, Focusing on Family Engagement
  • Omaha: Kim Hansen, Christ the King School, Field Trip; Melissa Simons, Elkhorn South High School, AP Literature Choice Reading Project
  • Palmer: Mary Gregoski, Palmer Public School, Native American Literature and Art Connection
  • Sidney: Nancy Rowlett, Sidney Public Schools, Teacher/Student SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Library
  • Wilber: James Bates, Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools, Culture Day

Humanities Nebraska is celebrating 50 years of what connects us and makes us human. Let your curiosity get the best of you and discover events throughout 2023. HN is a private nonprofit with a mission to help people explore what connects us and makes us human. HN is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, an appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature, private donations, and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, a public-private partnership with state dollars matching private dollars to benefit the arts and humanities in Nebraska. Visit for more information.