A non-profit organization in Tuscola, Douglas County is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Illinois Humanities, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The Korean War Educator, a foundation established and operated by Lynnita Aldridge Brown of Tuscola, was one of 254 organizations in 72 Illinois counties to benefit from the grant program.
Noting that some non-profits are often by-passed by traditional funding streams due to size, organizational capacity or geographic location, the IHC offers them an opportunity to apply for general operating funds. According to Brown, the grant to the Korean War Educator (KWE) will be used to transcribe memoirs of Korean War veterans, generate new topics pages for the KWE website at www.thekwe.org, and provide funds for various general operating expenses associated with those two objectives.
Illinois Humanities, the Illinois affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a statewide nonprofit organization that activates the humanities through free public programs, grants, and educational opportunities that foster reflection, spark conversation, build community, and strengthen civic engagement.
The Korean War Educator is one of the largest all-Korean War websites in the world, receiving over a million visitors per year. The KWE provides general and specific information about the Korean War, including an array of veterans’ memoirs, casualty data, award citations for heroic action in Korea, branch accounts, minority involvement, and much, much more. A new Topics page about African-Americans in the Korean War is near completion. Sponsored by Sheila Kronenberger of Southern Illinois, the page includes little-known facts about the role of black Americans who fought and participated in the war. The IHC grant will make the site’s new Native American page possible, as well as the transcribing and posting of Illinois-based Korean War veterans memoirs and other topics.