Grant Opportunity for 200 Libraries Nationwide

Made Possible by a Partnership of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

New York, NY (May 23, 2012)—Libraries are invited to apply for $1,000 public programming grants for Civil War 150.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with The Library of America, is now accepting applications from libraries and National Park historic sites for grants to develop public programming around the free traveling panel exhibition Civil War 150.

Fifty sites selected by competitive application to host the Civil War 150 exhibition will each be awarded a grant of $1,000 to plan accompanying public programming. Additional grants in the amount of $500 will be awarded to 150 libraries throughout the country to provide the public programming component of this project. All those who submit an application for the $1,000 grant will automatically be considered the $500 grant opportunity. The exhibition is available for three-week periods from October 2012 to March 2015. Hosting sites will also receive supporting interpretive and contextual materials, including Civil War 150 readers (discussion guides) and access to a multimedia website with robust digital resources. Public, academic, and special libraries as well as National Park historic sites are invited to submit applications for the public programming grants and exhibition.

The exhibition is part of Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It, a major three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project is centered on the four-volume Library of America series The Civil War Told by Those Who Lived It and includes a collection of readers (discussion guides) drawn from the series. Each reader presents a theme with selections drawn from The Civil War volumes, such as “Expectation of War,” “The War at Home,” “From Slavery to Freedom,” and “Civil War Writing as Literature.”

Libraries that wish to apply for a grant should go to http://www.gilderlehrman.org/civilwar150grant to download an application form or contact Susan Saidenberg at saidenberg@gilderlehrman.org.

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