Chicago Institutions Talk The Importance Of Preserving Culture

National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Grants for Chicago
Jon Parrish Peede, center, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, speaks with people from local cultural organizations during a reception, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Peede stopped by the Morning Shift on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, ahead of his announcement of NEH's new grant recipients at the Newberry Library. Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press
National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Grants for Chicago
Jon Parrish Peede, center, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, speaks with people from local cultural organizations during a reception, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Providence, R.I. Peede stopped by the Morning Shift on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, ahead of his announcement of NEH's new grant recipients at the Newberry Library. Jennifer McDermott / Associated Press

Chicago Institutions Talk The Importance Of Preserving Culture

The National Endowment for the Humanities on Wednesday announced the recipients of nearly $2 million in grants to institutions in the Chicago area.

Morning Shift spoke to NEH Chairman Jon Parrish Peede ahead of the announcement about why the recipients — who include institutions like the Chicago History Museum and the University of Chicago — were chosen and the importance of preserving cultural memory.

Morning Shift talks to three of the recipients about their organization’s work and just how they plan to use the NEH grants to sustain their work and move it forward.

GUEST: Jim Akerman, Curator of Maps at the Newberry Library

Marci Uihlein, associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign

Adam Rubin, director of interpretation at the Chicago Architecture Center