Eighteen libraries, schools, museums and other nonprofit organizations from Gary to New Albany have received grants worth nearly $45,000 from Indiana Humanities. Selected projects range from the creation of an exhibit to explore the history of women firefighters to the production of a video to preserve the history of an African-American church in West Baden Springs.

Action Grants offer up to $3,000 to support nonprofit organizations that sponsor public humanities programs such as exhibitions, workshops, lectures and reading and discussion programs.

One of the grants for $2,500 went to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College for bohlen design: four generations of Indiana architectural prominence. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will hire a scholar to research the historic campus structures that were designed by the Bohlen family and to deliver two presentations based on the findings. The college will also incorporate the research into a campus open house/tour.