The director of Utah State University's Folklore Program has received a $25,898 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to fund a cultural-research program.

Barre Toelken, a USU professor of both English and history, is studying stability within cultural groups during times of change.Toelken has been studying the local cultures of several isolated communities in Utah's Carbon and San Juan counties, which have shared traditions, and to determine how the residents deal with changing values.

The endowment is an independent federal agency.

The latest 20 grants were given to projects "designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of history, literature, philosophy, foreign languages and other humanities disciplines," said Chairman Lynne Cheney.