CHICAGO — The Illinois Humanities Council’s website, www.praire.org, has been awarded an Internet Guide Award by Britannica.com, the website of the Encyclopedia Britannica. Prairie has been selected as one of the most reliable and valuable sites on the Internet for its quality, accuracy of content, presentation, and usability. In conjunction with this award, Prairie will participate in launching Britannica.com’s new link exchange program. Visitors to the Prairie site now have immediate access to Britannica.com, recently named one of the top two on-line reference websites by Forbes magazine.
Prairie provides visitors with a detailed overview of the IHC, its events and grants programs. On this interactive site, one can easily download information about IHC grants, its True Learning, True Teaching Seminars, and the Road Scholars speakers bureau. Visitors can surf links about Illinois history and culture; plan Illinois outings by viewing the Events Calendar; and buy books through Ex Libris, the on-line bookstore affiliated with Barnes and Noble.
Prairie also offers intellectual stimulation. Read Detours, our on-line magazine, which provides an in-depth examination of everyday topics from the humanities perspective. Entitled “Notes,” the most recent issue of Detours is devoted to music and includes articles on a diverse range of subjects, including American labor songs, the fate of the Chicago blues, and the political power of song in Asia. Written by music critics, musicians, and music historians, “Notes” provides a diversity of perspectives on the music scene in Chicago and across the globe.
The Illinois Humanities Council is a nonprofit educational organization [501 (c) 3] dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. Organized more than 25 years ago as the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IHC promotes greater understanding of, appreciation for, and involvement in the humanities by the citizens of Illinois, regardless of their economic resources, cultural background, or geographic location. The IHC is supported by state, federal, and private funds. For more information about the IHC, please visit the website at http://www.prairie.org.
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