A Mishmash of Little Known Websites (You Help Fund)

Over the weekend, I journeyed through cyberspace to look at the programs that are funded with U.S. tax payer dollars. Let’s just say there aren’t enough weekends in my lifetime to get through that list. I felt like Alice in Wonderland with my never-ending twists and turns and hyperlinks.

My mission revealed a dizzying (and sometimes disappointing) discovery of resources and sites that I’d never heard of.  Here are some of them which held my attention (in no particular order):

American National Biography: Profiles of over 18,000 men and women who have influenced American history and culture.

Summertime Reading for Kids: A reading list for K-12, broken out by age group. Part of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

National Digital Newspaper Project: a partnership between the NEH and the Library of Congress.  During this 20 year-year project, the NDNP will create a national, digital resource of historically significant newspapers from all the states and U.S. territories published between 1836 and 1922.

Online Humanities Projects: A variety of (NEH-funded) projects that exist only online.  The projects range from the Albert Einstein Papers Project to the History of Cartography.

Leadership Journal:  Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this “blog” tells you about the agency’s efforts and activities to protect the American public. There are a few things I’d change about this site — namely, its NAME and, secondly, I wouldn’t label it a blog. There’s very little social engagement going on here (but none-the-less, I added it to my RSS reader).  NOTE ~ mentioning this site is an apple among oranges (i.e. it doesn’t have anything to do with grant money), but I had to call it out anyway.

Public Diplomacy Council: This link provides you with all kinds of sites and blogs related to public diplomacy.  The nonprofit Public Diplomacy Council focuses on to the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. (whew! that’s their mouthful, not mine.)

Want to See More?

Learn more about government grants and how the money is put to use at USASpending.gov.  There you’ll be able to search by agency and category of grant, to name a few. Most importantly, share your findings!  I’d love to see what you unearth.

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