Kent State University just received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for its May 4 Visitors Center.
The May 4 Visitors Center will be a permanent, museum-style exhibit at the center of Kent State. On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio National Guard fired at demonstrators, wounding 13 Kent State students, killing four. According to the university, many consider May 4 as one turning point in the course of the Vietnam War and the Nixon presidency.
"Receiving news of a $300,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities was stunning —and better than winning the lottery," said Laura Davis, who was a freshman at Kent State when the May 4 events occurred and today serves as an English professor and the university's faculty coordinator for May 4 initiatives. Davis co-authored Kent State's proposal to the NEH with Carole Barbato, both serving as co-principal investigators.
Visitors to the new center will explore the exhibit to better understand the events of that day in history, the times in which they took place and their meaning for citizens today, including the difference that can be made by young people.
The May 4 Visitors Center will be located in Taylor Hall, adjacent to the May 4 Memorial on the Kent Campus. The university is working with museum design firm Gallagher & Associates of Silver Springs, Md., to complete content development and design for the permanent exhibit in the May 4 Visitors Center.