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May 24, 2007
NEH Program Honors America's Music With LIttle House on the Prairie Project
NASHVILLE, TN May 24, 2007 - For the first time in the history of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) We The People Bookshelf program, America’s music will be honored with the inclusion of the CD Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder. The NEH has awarded free copies of classic books and the Happy Land CD to 2,000 public and school libraries throughout the United States. Each library will also receive 15 classic books and the CD on the theme of the “Pursuit of Happiness” from the We the People Bookshelf, along with four titles also offered in Spanish translation.

“Libraries serve as a nexus of knowledge and ideas for our citizens and students," said NEH Chairman Bruce Cole. “With this year’s We the People Bookshelf, a library's young readers will gain a fuller sense of what the Declaration of Independence means when it asserts that all human beings ‘are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.’”

This highly regarded CD project features recordings of classic American music embedded in the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The CD is part of a larger program—The Pa’s Fiddle Project—designed and produced by Dale Cockrell, Professor of Musicology at Vanderbilt University. Happy Land: Musical Tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder was the project's first release and Arkansas Traveler: Music from Little House on the Prairie is the newest addition to the series, having released this past fall.

Titles on this year’s NEH Bookshelf include works by Aesop, Robert Frost, Madeleine L’Engle, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walt Whitman, and Thomas Paine, among others.

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