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National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowship

Typewriter at Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
NPS Photo / Victoria Stauffenberg


Uncovering the untold stories of our national parks through scholarship.

The study of the humanities – literature, philosophy, history, politics, religion, archaeology, and more – is crucial in understanding and interpreting the world around us, including our national parks. Established in 2019, the National Park Foundation (NPF)’s Mellon Humanities Fellowship program supports the work of a collection of humanities scholars whose research and analysis of the complex and fascinating history in and around our national parks helps us discover untold perspectives and new voices.

Each national park has a story as complex and fascinating as the people who visit them. For example, there are stories of women during wartime at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site and Valley Forge National Historical Park, the influence of Latinx cultures and traditions at sites like Coronado National Memorial and Stonewall National Monument, and a rich history of labor organizing at Pullman National Historical Park, to name a few; each park tells an American story.

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