DANK Haus Receives NEH Preservation Assistance Grant

Chicago, IL — December 20, 2017 — The DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center is proud to have received a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). This grant is designed for small and mid-sized institutions to improve the preservation and care of their humanities collections.

With assistance from an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant, the DANK Haus will conduct a general preservation assessment of the recently acquired archive of the Eintracht German-language newspaper that was published in Chicago from 1922 to 2017. The collection was donated by the owner of the Eintracht, Klaus Juengling and Family, with guidance from the editor Annerose Goerge and processed with assistance from the Chicago Cultural Alliance. The Eintracht collection consists of past editions of the newspaper, several photographs from local events, club paraphernalia, obituaries, and printing materials. At its peak, the Eintracht (meaning “harmony”) purportedly served over 300,000 members in the local German-American community.

Soon after acquiring the collection, the DANK Haus began the archival process with assistance from a research fellow through the University of Chicago’s “Making History Work” initiative. With support from an NEH Preservation Assistance Grant, the DANK Haus will be able to preserve this invaluable resource documenting the development of the German-American community in the Chicagoland area.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

About the DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center

The DANK Haus German-American Cultural Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization located in Chicago’s traditionally German neighborhood, Lincoln Square. The DANK Haus is committed to preserving and promoting German culture, heritage, and language through language classes, the DANK Haus Museum, German-language library, Scharpenberg Art Gallery, and through educational and social programming. Core programming includes a German Language School for children and adults, rotating Fine Arts and Museum exhibits, a monthly Open Haus, Cooking Classes, guided group tours, Oktoberfest, and more. More information is available at: www.dankhaus.com.