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Va. universities getting humanities grants

Friday - 4/12/2013, 4:10am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Nine projects at several Virginia universities are receiving a share of $17.4 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The federal agency announced awards and offers for 205 projects in 39 states and the District of Columbia this week. The Virginia projects are set to receive $426,878 total.

Projects receiving funding include an Old Dominion University project to develop an open-source tool to digitally archive web pages and a George Mason University project to create an interactive website on popular romance literature. Another projected from the University of Virginia aims to map and study the imaginary county in William Faulkner's fiction writings.

NEH Chairman Jim Leach says the projects being funded will expand the boundaries of human knowledge and deepen the connection to the past.

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