NEH 2019 Jefferson Lecture

Father Columba Stewart at Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota

On November 6 Governor Tim Walz will lead a celebration of Father Columba Stewart, OSB, executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) — the first Minnesotan to receive the highest honor bestowed by the United States government for work in the humanities.

The National Endowment for the Humanities made its 2019 award to recognize Fr. Columba for digitally preserving ancient manuscripts of diverse world cultures that are at risk of being destroyed by weather, war and civil unrest.

The public is invited to celebrate Fr. Columba and his work at a reception and program hosted by HMML, the Minnesota Historical Society and the Minnesota Humanities Center:

Minnesota Celebrates Father Columba Stewart
Why Cultural Heritage Matters Globally and Locally: A Conversation with Father Columba Stewart and PBS Contributor Fred de Sam Lazaro
Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m. (CST)

3M Auditorium, Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul, MN
Tickets are FREE, but advanced registration is required.
Theater capacity is 314.

Fr. Columba gave his lecture, Cultural Heritage Present and Future: A Benedictine Monk’s Long View, to a national audience in Washington, D.C., on Monday, October 7.

Media Contact:
Joe Rogers, Director of External Relations
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Saint John’s University
2835 Abbey Plaza, Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-3564 (direct)
jrogers@hmml.org

Media Release
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

Governor Walz to Headline Event Honoring Minnesota’s “Monument Man” of Endangered Manuscripts. Read more.

In the News: Fr. Columba’s Jefferson Lecture

Selected media coverage of Fr. Columba’s Jefferson Lecture. Read more.

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National Endowment for the Humanities

NEH names Fr. Columba 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. Read more.

Media Release
Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

Fr. Columba named NEH 2019 Jefferson Lecture. Read more.

2019 Jefferson Lecture FAQ

The Jefferson Lecture honor, selection process, past recipients, and details on the October 7 event. Read more.

HMML Fast Facts

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HMML in the News

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