Veterans Book Group awarded NEH grant of $98,779

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The Maine Humanities Council program is one of 233 projects nationwide
awarded a competitive grant from the National Endowment for Humanities

For More Information:
Jan Bindas-Tenney, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051

April 12, 2019

PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council has been awarded $98,779 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support Hard Journeys Home, a multi-session facilitated reading and discussion program for justice-involved Veterans in Maine. Beginning in August 2019, the program will be offered 10 times in partnership with institutions across the state and will consider the impacts of deployment on justice-involved Veterans, their families, their communities, civilians living in war zones, and society at large.

Hard Journeys Home will offer a unique opportunity for justice-involved Veterans to meet and reflect together,” said Jan Bindas-Tenney, Program Officer of the Maine Humanities Council. “The program will explore experiences of war from diverse perspectives and include readings representing viewpoints from multiple cultures, ethnicities, and genders.”

Partnering with scholars, Veterans, and host institutions, the Maine Humanities Council is working to offer Hard Journeys Home at Maine State Prison, the Mountain View Correctional Institution, the Kennebec County Jail, Aroostook County Jail, and Somerset County Jail. Possible additional sites in Augusta and Portland will host programs to serve participants in Maine’s Veterans Court.

About Maine Humanities Council
The Maine Humanities Council is a statewide non-profit organization that uses books, poetry, and big ideas as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. MHC programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries. Additional information about the Maine Humanities Council is available at:

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: