Date: Wed, 17 May 1995 12:19:08 CST
From: Joan Hall jdhall[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: Survival of DARE
This is a plea for help from all of you who appreciate the Dictionary of
American Regional English. Our funding situation is more precarious than
ever before, with our current NEH grant running out June 30. If we do not
receive another one, our remaining funds will run out before the end of
October. If we do receive one, it will doubtless be largely (or wholly) in
the form of matching grants, requiring dollar-for-dollar private
contributions. At this point, we have no foundation money lined up to
provide the match.
I asked a Program Officer at NEH whether letters testifying to the value and
utility of DARE would help our case at NEH, since they are always looking
for proof that projects they support have "ripple benefits" in education and
contribute to humanities scholarship in general. She felt that, since the
very existence of NEH is threatened in Congress, a better idea would be to
have supporters write their own Senators and Representatives, urging
continued funding for NEH and mentioning DARE as a specific example of an
NEH project that has helped them in their own work. (Too many Senators and
Reps know only of the very few NEH projects that have managed to offend a
few of their constituents.) So if DARE has been useful to you, whether as a
research tool, a teaching tool, or simply as evidence of the continuing
exuberance and diversity of American English, please tell your Congress
people THIS WEEK, and send a copy of your letter to
Dr. Martha Chomiak
Division of Research Programs
1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20506
and to me, Joan Hall
6125 Helen White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706.
Also, if you know of any foundations, corporations, or individuals who might
be willing to entertain a proposal for partial support of DARE, please send
me their names a.s.a.p.
We PLAN to send Volume III (I-O) to Harvard Press by the end of the year for
publication in 1996 no matter what happens with regard to funding. But it
would be a tragedy for DARE to be A-O rather than A-Z. Thanks for any help
you can give.