The NWHP received a grant titled “The History of Two Women’s Organizations and Interviewing Nevada Women” from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust. The grant total costs are $24,059 of which NWHP received $10,000 from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust. The grant request was for $13,969 with a $10,090 match from the NWHP, so the project will need to be scaled down to match the actual funds received.
This is an 18‐month project which will end in December 2016 to accomplish two goals. The first goal is to video interview two panels of four or five women each: those who were founding Board Members of the Nevada Women’s Fund and women who were founders of the Nevada Women’s History Project. The NWF was established in 1982 and the NWHP in 1994. With the passage of time it becomes a priority to interview the women involved in these two major Nevada women’s organizations. These video recordings will be conducted in Fall of 2015.
The second goal is to interview individual women in Northern Nevada counties. The project is tied to Interstate 80 and Hwy 50. The women will be selected for their significant contributions to their county. For this project the counties involved are Carson City, Churchill, Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Pershing, Washoe and White Pine. Women in Battle Mountain were interviewed for the 2014 Women of Diversity project, so for this grant Lander County will be represented by Austin women. Future grant requests will focus on Highways 93 and 95 for additional counties.
The grant application asked for two women in each county, but with the reduced funding amount we will need to reduce that number and complete as many as possible with the existing funding.
Since the NWHP established a collection at the Nevada Historical Society and they do not accept media, the grant included funding for transcribing these interviews for permanent paper housing at the NHS. The media will also have archival storage elsewhere.
Project Manager for this grant is Patti Bernard.