PROGRAM: A Broad and Sure Foundation

Presented by:
Maine Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Humanities in the Public Square National Partner: NEH Local Partner: K-12 Institutions, Libraries, Nonprofits Subject: History, Other Audience: All, K-12

Taking as its inspiration the 150th anniversary of the passage by Congress of the 14th Amendment – a process led in part by Maine’s William Pitt Fessenden, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction – the “Broad and Sure Foundation: The 14th Amendment in American Life and Imagination” project engaged audiences across the state with a public forum, speaker series, panel discussions, facilitated reading and discussion groups, curricular materials, and a grants program supporting community organizations such as libraries, historical societies, cultural nonprofits, and schools. Programming was offered throughout 2016.

This project was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of its Humanities in the Public Square initiative.