An NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art

Logistics and Other Details

Families and Guests

NEH Summer Scholars are encouraged to consider the Workshop experience as a time for professional and personal development. If you plan to bring family members with you, please understand that they may not participate in formal Workshop activities. Those who bring family members will be responsible for their own living arrangements during the Workshop.


Summer Scholars will be expected to arrange and pay for meals on their own unless otherwise noted in the Daily Schedule. On days of travel, box lunches will be provided; after notification of acceptance, Summer Scholars will indicate via an online form their choices for each box lunch, with the total cost being deducted from their stipend. We estimate the cost of lunch to remain at or below $12/day. On days on campus, teachers will have the option to purchase affordable food at one of the University’s many food courts, cafés, or restaurants. Dinner on Sunday and lunch on Saturday will be a group affair, but individuals will be expected to cover the costs of their own meal.

Other meals will be independent. National teachers can enjoy free breakfast at the SpringHill Suites. Lawrence is home to numerous locally-owned and operated restaurants, bakeries, and bars, all of which are very affordable. The downtown area alone has dozens of options, all within easy walking distance of the hotel. Project staff will happily make recommendations of their personal favorites!

Water and light snacks will be available at no cost to all participants. Project staff will inquire about any allergies or dietary restrictions upon notification of acceptance.


Teachers selected to participate as NEH Summer Scholars will receive a stipend at the end of the workshop session: $600 for commuting participants who incur no housing costs; $1200 for national participants who incur housing costs. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from the project location, books, and ordinary living expenses. Stipends are taxable. Applicants to all projects should note that supplements will not be given in cases where the stipend is insufficient to cover all expenses.

NEH Summer Scholars are required to attend all scheduled meetings and to engage fully as professionals in all project activities. During the project’s tenure, they may not undertake teaching assignments or any other professional activities unrelated to their participation in the project.  Participants who do not complete the full tenure of the project will receive a reduced stipend.

All stipends are taxable.

What to Bring

The workshops will be casual, although individuals may wish to bring one or two business casual outfits for group meals or presentations. Overall, Summer Scholars should pack for comfort. There will be moderate amounts of walking at certain site visits, especially Shawnee Indian Mission and Haskell Indian Nations University, as well as to and from classroom and learning sites, so comfortable, closed-toe shoes are encouraged.

Kansas tends to have very hot summers, often varying between intensely dry and very humid. Strong thunderstorms are common during these months, which can result in quick changes in temperature. Teachers are encouraged to prepare for this by packing lightweight, breathable clothes that can be layered to adjust for moving in and out of doors.  

Other personal essentials you should consider bringing include:

  • A light rain jacket and umbrella
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle

Please note that fully-stocked first aid kits will be available throughout the workshops.

Teachers are strongly encouraged to bring their own portable electronic devices. Although there will be computers available on campus, it will be helpful to bring your own laptop/tablet and charger; smart phone (if you have one); and a camera. The University of Kansas campus is fully wi-fi equipped, as are many of the sites we will visit. Certain portions of the workshops will require teachers to have a tablet, laptop, or smart phone, and cameras will be useful for documenting sites and working on the curriculum project. More specifics will be provided upon notification of acceptance.

Dates of Workshop Sessions

Session I: June 18-24, 2017 

Session II: July 9-15, 2017

Contact Information

Cassandra Mesick Braun, Project Co-Director: | 785-864-6794

Celka StraughnProject Co-Director: | 785-864-0136

Sydney PurselProject Intern: | 785-864-5253

The University of Kansas
Spencer Museum of Art
1301 Mississippi Street
Lawrence, KS 66045  | 785-864-4710

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