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January 14, 2004—The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture has received a total of $30,000 through grants from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Ross Foundation. These funds will help support the multimedia components of the Encyclopedia's web-based version scheduled for launch in 2005.
The Arkansas Humanities Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding, appreciation, and use of the humanities in Arkansas, provided a grant in the amount of $25,000.
The Ross Foundation, an Arkadelphia-based philanthropic organization that contributes funds for a variety of Arkansas educational, cultural, civic, and humanitarian activities, provided a grant in the amount of $5,000.
According to Jill Curran, project coordinator for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, the two grants bring the total funds raised to date to nearly a quarter of a million dollars. “The Encyclopedia project is estimated to cost a total of $1.9 million dollars and the initial support we've received is allowing us to put together the infrastructure for the project,” says Curran.
The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture is an 8-year project begun in 2002. The Encyclopedia will be published in three forms: a website that will include text entries, photographs, illustrations, interactive maps, audio, and video clips; an educational CD-ROM designed for use in the classroom; and a possible two-volume print edition.
The project is directed by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, a department of the Central Arkansas Library System. Tom W. Dillard, curator of the Butler Center, serves as editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia. For more information, visit www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net or call (501) 918-3016.