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Announcing the Recipients of 2024 Washington Stories Fund Grants!

From a storytelling project in Yakima to an Indigenous podcast in Bellingham, check out the projects that aim to broaden and share little-known stories from Washington communities.

  • April 11, 2024
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  • News & Notes
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  • By Humanities Washington staff

We’re excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 Washington Stories Fund! The purpose of the fund is to record and share with the broader community the little-known stories of people or groups whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of Washington State.

The Washington Stories Fund is a tool to dismantle barriers and enhance cultural understanding through the public humanities. This grant seeks to elevate the stories of underrepresented people or groups and enhance the public’s awareness of new and unique perspectives and cultures. It also aims to cast constructive new light on current issues, nurture compassion, and prompt action.

Thanks to additional funding this year, we were able to increase the number of awards from two to five. More information, including event dates, will be shared in the coming months. Sign up for our email list to get updates. 


Key City Players, Port Townsend

Washington Women’s History Tour: Suffrage Lecture Series

The Suffrage Lecture Series provides a dramatic chronology of the suffrage movement across Washington State with a special focus on under-represented voices. Through historical materials, first-person accounts, and biographical dramatizations, little-known stories of BIPOC women in the Washington suffrage movement will be brought to life. Featured stories will illuminate both the personal histories of women and their unique challenges within each of their socio-cultural contexts, as well as their collective experiences in the American suffrage movement. 

Dabuli, Shoreline

Voices of the Himalayas: Female Migrants’ Narratives

Voices of the Himalayas: Female Migrants’ Narratives is an initiative dedicated to amplifying the narratives of female immigrants and refugees from Nepal and the broader Himalayan region who now reside in Washington State. This project will begin with a conversation event where these resilient women will share the intricate details of their journeys—the challenges that compelled their migration, the decisions that shaped their paths, and the triumphs they’ve achieved. Focused exclusively on female immigrants, the event seeks to illuminate their vital roles and contributions across various sectors within Washington.

Children of the Setting Sun Productions, Bellingham

Young and Indigenous Podcast: Fish War Series

The Young and Indigenous (YAI) Podcast will create a limited podcast series around the history of the Fish Wars in Coast Salish Territory. This initiative is part of a broader approach to exploring the true histories of tribal sovereignty by Indigenous youth. Fifty years ago, the Boldt Decision not only affirmed tribal fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest, but was a milestone in restoring Native sovereignty and honoring treaty rights. The YAI team will travel the coast and interview key people who were involved in fishing, activism, and legal battles in both the pre- and post-Boldt Decision eras. 

Hunter Gatherings and Rural Studies Institute, Yakima

Story Keepers Project

Story Keepers is a public humanities project that compiles and retells stories from the community—more specifically the African American and the Latine community around Yakima. Two Heritage University history students will be trained to conduct oral histories, working directly with Yakima Valley Libraries to garner space for the interviews. The interviews will be made publicly available to families, the community, and future researchers. Further, public listening parties will be held to introduce the stories to a public audience. 

Casa Latina, Seattle

30 Years of Impact: Casa Latina’s History

This project seeks to document life histories and testimonials by day laborers, domestic workers, staff, and volunteers of Casa Latina, in its 30th year. Casa Latina contributes to social justice and the empowerment of Latine immigrants through employment, education, and community organizing. The collection of life stories and testimonials will be used to produce a second edition of a bilingual book and photographs, and will become part of the UW Libraries Special Collection: Labor Archives of Washington. This project will also be used to produce a photographic exhibit that highlights the members that have shaped the organization’s mission over the years. This book is a continuation of the first edition printed in 2019.

The Washington Stories Fund was made possible thanks to funding from Lenore Hale.

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