Grant is one of 83 distributed statewide by the Alabama Humanities Alliance to help cultural organizations bounce
back from the pandemic
Anniston | September 9, 2021 – The Anniston Museums and Gardens has earned a $5,000 competitive Alabama
Humanities Recovery Grant from the Alabama Humanities Alliance. This award will help make possible interactive
stations at the Berman Museum. The Berman Museum’s collection is captivating with artifacts such as Hitler’s tea set and
espionage weapons, but often the story is lost to our young visitors. In order to capture our young audience’s attention, we
plan to use AHA funds to add hands-on interactives for children. The interactives will engage with tactile learners,
auditory and musical learners, and visual and verbal learners.
“I am very grateful to the AHA for this grant. With this support, we will be able to teach lessons of history
through creative and tactile ways that is not possible in any other manner. Visitors, especially younger visitors, learn best
by engaging, doing, and challenging them to provide a response to the subject matter. We eagerly anticipate completing
this project for our visitors,” says Alan Robison, Anniston Museums and Gardens’ Executive Director.
Anniston Museums and Gardens is one of 83 organizations to receive an Alabama Humanities Alliance grant this
September. In all, the Alabama Humanities Alliance is distributing $800,000 to help cultural nonprofits recover from the
financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alabama Humanities Recovery Grants are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the
federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. These grants were made available to Alabama-based nonprofits with a
demonstrated commitment to public humanities programming. Grantees include community cornerstones such as
museums, libraries, archives, historic sites and more.
“AHA’s recovery grants will help humanities-focused organizations thrive beyond the pandemic,” says Chuck
Holmes, AHA’s executive director. “Robust cultural organizations make Alabama a richer, smarter and more vibrant place
to live and learn. These grants will sustain the humanities in our communities and contribute to the state’s economic
recovery in the months ahead.”
About Anniston Museums and Gardens
Anniston Museums and Gardens transforms lives through history and nature. Home to the Anniston Museum of Natural
History, Berman Museum, and Longleaf Botanical Gardens, a wide array of worldly artifacts and wild creatures awaits.
Visiting Anniston Museums and Gardens allows guests to Explore Your World without needing a passport! To learn more,
About the Alabama Humanities Alliance
The Alabama Humanities Alliance is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Our mission is to
foster learning, understanding and appreciation of Alabama’s people, communities and cultures. The ultimate goal: To use
the humanities to bring Alabamians together and make our state a better place to live. Learn more at
Note: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed by grant recipients do not necessarily represent
those of the Alabama Humanities Alliance or the National Endowment for the Humanities.