Every five years, Humanities Texas meets with a representative from our parent organization, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), along with two other evaluators, to discuss our progress and our goals for the future. This year, Edie Manza, director of the Federal/State Partnership at the NEH, Lynn Denton, director of the Public History Program at Texas State University-San Marcos, and Manuel Medrano, professor of history at The University of Texas at Brownsville, met with staff, current and former board members, and Humanities Texas constituents at the Byrne-Reed House on September 20 and 21, 2011.
The site visit team was impressed with the elegant building. During our last self-assessment, in 2006, Humanities Texas had just purchased the building, which was still encased in a stucco shell. The building’s remarkable transformation is evidence of our progress over the past five years.
In addition to meeting with staff and board members, Denton, Manza, and Medrano also spoke with grantees, exhibition renters, educational administrators, scholars, and teachers who have participated in our institute program, which has grown into one of the state’s premier professional development programs since its 2010 expansion.
Humanities Texas would like to thank our site visit team as well as everyone who visited the Byrne-Reed House last week to participate in the self-assessment.