Project Directors

Dr. Rolando Herts  
e. rherts@deltastate.edu
p: 662-846-4311

Lee Aylward
e. laylward@deltastate.edu
p. 662-846-4311

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“The Most Southern Place on Earth”

NEH Landmarks of American History Workshops for School Teachers

Dates for 2019:

SUNDAY, June 16 - SATURDAY, JUNE 22 and SUNDAY, July 7 - SATURDAY, JULY 14

at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi

Welcome to “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta,” two Summer Landmarks of American History workshops for K-12 educators sponsored by The National Endowment for the Humanities.

And welcome to the Mississippi Delta, a place of paradox and contrast, a place described by Will Campbell as being “of mean poverty and garish opulence.” A place that has produced great authors yet continues to suffer from illiteracy.  A place that has produced great wealth for a few but persistent poverty for many.   A place of privilege for some and disadvantage for others.  A place that has produced powerful political leaders, both for and against segregation.  A place in which apartheid has been replaced by empowerment. A place of unquestioned artistic creativity that has given the world both the Blues and rock ‘n’ roll, and is also home to Charley Pride, Conway Twitty, Bobby Gentry, Sam Cooke, Mose Allison and B. B. King.  This is the Mississippi Delta, a microcosm of America, The most American place on earth.

Eligibility Requirements

These projects are designed principally for full-time or part-time teachers and librarians in public, charter, independent, and religiously affiliated schools, as well as home schooling parents. Other K-12 school-system personnel such as administrators, substitute teachers, and curriculum developers, are also eligible to participate.

Teachers at schools in the United States or its territorial possessions or Americans teaching in foreign schools where at least 50 percent of the students are American nationals are eligible for this program. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Please note: Five spaces should be reserved for teachers who are new to the profession (those who have been teaching for five years or less).

Individuals may not apply to an NEH Summer Landmarks Workshop whose director is a family member, is affiliated with the same institution, or is someone with whom they have previously studied.

To be considered eligible, applicants must submit a complete application. This includes an NEH cover sheet and the additional materials requested on the individual workshop website. 


For general information about the Summer Landmarks Workshops for School Teachers click here.  NOTE: Simply filling out the on-line cover sheet is NOT a complete application! APPLICATION INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS 2019. We are asking that 3 complete copies be submitted to The Delta Center.

Completed applications should be submitted to:

        The Delta Center / NEH Most southern

         Delta State University

         1003 West Sunflower Road

      DSU Box 3152

         Cleveland, MS 38733

Deadline for 2019:

Applications MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019

Application materials sent to the NEH will not be reviewed.

Notification of Admittance: FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2019

DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTING ADMISSION TO THE WORKSHOP: FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019 

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.