Important Dates:

  • Application window opens: November 15, 2021
  • Application window closes: March 1, 2022
  • Applicants notified by March 25, 2022
  • Invited applicants must accept offer by April 8, 2022

Workshop Application

Applications for "Fabric of the Past: Weaving the Twentieth Century at the Beaumont Mill and Village in South Carolina" are due no later than March 1, 2022.

Note Regarding COVID-19:  This NEH Landmarks program is designed and funded as a residential project.  Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19, plans for a residential offering are subject to change.

Program Information:

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Photo credited to the Spartanburg County Public Library.

NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture workshops give K-12 educators an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K-12 education. “Fabric of the Past: Weaving the Twentieth Century at the Beaumont Mill and Village in South Carolina” explores the rich history of the former Beaumont Textile Mill and adjacent village through the themes of race, industrialization, class and gender.

During this week-long summer workshop, middle and high school social studies educators for grades 6 through 12 will deepen their understanding of the textile industry and mill life in Spartanburg during the 20th century while learning inquiry-based methodologies that will prepare them to teach the unique history of their own communities. Participants will earn 40 hours of continuing education credit. This workshop is offered during two weeks in July 2022: Session 1 (July 10-16, 2022) and Session 2 (July 17-23, 2022).

Award Details and Conditions:

Participants receive a stipend of $1,300 to help cover travel, housing, meals, and basic academic expenses. The stipend is taxable and will be distributed at the conclusion of the workshop.

Applicants who accept an offer to participate are expected to remain during the entire period of the Landmarks program and to participate in its work on a fulltime basis. If a participant is obliged through special circumstances to depart before the end of the Landmarks program, they will receive a pro rata share of the stipend.

Participants will be asked to provide an assessment of their Landmarks program experience and its values to their personal and professional development. These confidential evaluations will become a part of the project’s grant file and the final report submitted via eGMS.

Participants will engage in a variety of activities during the workshop. Participants are expected to produce a complete Inquiry Design Model (IDM) Blueprint by the conclusion of the workshop. Beyond the activities completed during the workshop, participants are expected to submit an IDM narrative by September 2022, and complete a follow-up electronic survey distributed December 2022.

Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

COVID Protocols

COVID-19 protocols reflect University of South Carolina Upstate policy and are subject to change based on public health recommendations and regulations. All workshop attendees are highly encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to attending. Per South Carolina state law, COVID-19 vaccinations are not currently required. Regardless of vaccination status, all workshop attendees are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival to help protect other attendees as well as our community hosts, partners, and presenters. University of South Carolina Upstate currently mandates face coverings in all buildings, and outdoors where appropriate distancing cannot be achieved. All workshop sessions will follow the University requirements for masking.

Principles of Civility

NEH Seminars, Institutes, and Landmarks programs are intended to extend and deepen knowledge and understanding of the humanities by focusing on significant topics, texts, and issues; contribute to the intellectual vitality and professional development of participants; and foster a community of inquiry that provides models of excellence in scholarship and teaching.

NEH expects that project directors will take responsibility for encouraging an ethos of openness and respect, upholding the basic norms of civil discourse.

Seminar, Institute, and Landmarks presentations and discussions should be:

  1. firmly grounded in rigorous scholarship, and thoughtful analysis;
  2. conducted without partisan advocacy;
  3. respectful of divergent views;
  4. free of ad hominem commentary; and
  5. devoid of ethnic, religious, gender, disability, or racial bias.


Landmarks programs are designed for a national audience of full- or part-time K-12 educators who teach in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, or as home schooling educators. Museum educators and other K-12 school system personnel— such as, but not limited to, administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum supervisors—are also eligible to participate. At least three spaces per workshop session or six spaces total for the entire program must be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (five or fewer years teaching experience). Participants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. U.S. citizens teaching abroad at U.S. chartered institutions are also eligible to participate. Foreign nationals teaching abroad are not eligible to participate.

Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks workshop whose director is a family member, who is affiliated with the same institution, who has served as an instructor or academic advisor to the applicant, or who has led a previous NEH-funded Institute or Landmarks program attended by the applicant.

Participants may not be delinquent in the repayment of federal debt (e.g. taxes, student loans, child support payments, and delinquent payroll taxes for household or other employees). Individuals may not apply to participate in a Landmarks workshop if they have been debarred or suspended by any federal department or agency.

Application and Selection Process:

In any given year, an individual may apply to a maximum of two Seminars, Institutes, or Landmarks, but may attend only one.

Read through the entire application before you start. The application asks for your contact information, information about your work (e.g., grade level, subjects, years of experience), and information about your interests as they relate to the workshop.

Submit your Microsoft Form application no later than March 1, 2022.

Participants are selected by a committee, which will consist of three or more members, including the project directors and at least one K-12 classroom teacher. They will evaluate all complete applications to select a group of participants and to identify alternates.

All applicants will be notified on March 25, 2022. Applicants must accept or decline the offer by April 8, 2022. Alternates will be notified after April 9, 2022 should slots become available.

Once an applicant has accepted an offer to attend any NEH Summer Program (NEH Summer Seminar, Institute, or Landmark), they may not accept an additional offer or withdraw in order to accept a different offer.

Equal Opportunity Statement:

Endowment programs do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or age. For further information, write to the Equal Opportunity Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities, 400 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. TDD: 202-606-8282 (special telephone device for the Deaf).