ELKINS — The Kump Education Center will receive a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support the creation of new interpretive exhibits for Governor H. Guy Kump’s home.
“We are happy to receive this grant”, said Heather Biola, executive director of the Kump Education Center. “We look forward to providing additional ways to share the story of this house and Governor Kump’s political contributions.
“Many are unaware of the innovative policies he put in place that had a positive influence on public education, state highways, and easing the financial burden of West Virginia residents hard hit by the Depression. “
The West Virginia Humanities Council is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and recently announced 18 new mini-grant recipients in its latest round of awards. The Humanities Council serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs.
The $1,500 grant for “Kump House at the Crossroads”, will support new interpretive exhibits that will highlight not only the historical significance of the site, but also the legacy of Kump, one of the most influential governors in state history.
Funding from the grant will also help with a special program “unveiling” weekend event, “Something Old, Something New” which will feature wedding dresses and memorabilia from the Kump family as well as new displays. The summer open house is scheduled for June 25 and 26.
The project will allow for more opening hours for the Kump House and encourage more visits from students and tour groups.
“With the creation of interpretive materials, we will be able to provide a better experience for visitors,” said Biola. “We appreciate the financial assistance and look forward to opening our doors more this summer.”
The Humanities Council budgets over $800,000 for grants and programs each year. A variety of grants are available to nonprofit organizations that support educational programs.
Major grants are designed for projects requesting more than $1,500 and up to $20,000 and are awarded twice a year. Mini-grants, designed for projects requesting $1,500 or less, are awarded four times per year. The next Humanities Council Mini-Grant deadline is June 1 and the next Major Grant deadline is September 1.
For more information about the West Virginia Humanities Council grants program, contact Erin Riebe, grants administrator for the Humanities Council, at 304-346-8500 or by email at [email protected] Guidelines and grant applications are available on the Humanities Council website, www.wvhumanities.org.