The Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellows work with a team of National Park Service staff and advisors to gather evidence and develop new understandings of the past. Working with archival sources, physical objects, cultural artifacts, oral histories, and other forms of community knowledge, Fellows will create resources to expand our understanding of our nation’s special places and the people whose stories live within them. Webinars, public programs, articles, podcasts, interactive maps, video, and other content will illuminate the National Park Service’s rich array of cultural resources, enhancing the public’s awareness of the heritage stewarded by the agency and its immeasurable meaning for our nation.

In anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the Fellows’ work explores the many groups and communities who have contributed to the development of a more perfect union. Research will center on groups who have not been fully represented in our national parks and park programs, furthering NPS’ commitment to Telling All Americans’ Stories.

Featured Projects

  • Podcast on the history of voting rights
    Ballot Blocked

    A podcast featuring discussions with historians on the history of voting rights for women in America from the Civil War to the 21st century.

  • Image of the Yorktown Victory Monument
    The Lives of Monuments

    This webinar series examines Revolutionary War monuments as a starting point to discuss American memory, identity, and belonging.

  • Black and white photo of a two story wooden house in the trees.
    National Historic Landmarks News

    Take a tour through the National Historic Landmarks most recently signed by the Secretary of the Interior.

Research and Scholarship

  • Man seated giving demonstration to young girl with family
    Webinars and Events

    View some of the virtual and in-person programming Mellon Fellows have organized with their host site teams.

  • Image of Native American man speaking through bullhorn
    Digital Storytelling

    A list of digital storytelling projects developed by Mellon Humanities Postdoctoral Fellows including podcasts, maps, and other projects.

  • Image of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's study

    A collection of written scholarship by Mellon Fellows based on their research.

Last updated: March 18, 2024