Commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial: Programming Grant Opportunities

The ALA Public Programs Office is pleased to offer two grant opportunities for libraries to support local commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Apply for these program grants to jumpstart the conversation in your community about the legacy of the Civil War in modern American life.

National Traveling Exhibition Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

Using the U.S. Constitution as its cohesive thread, Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War offers a fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus the constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies these crises—the secession of the Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties—and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges.  The exhibition was developed by the National Constitution Center.  Funding for the exhibition and tour is provided by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Eligible institutions include but are not limited to public, research and special libraries; historical societies; museums; civic, community and heritage organizations; and institutes of higher learning.

Applications for this exhibit are now closed. Recipients will be notified August 1, 2011.


Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War

This program follows the popular Let’s Talk About It model, which engages participants in discussion of a set of common texts selected by a nationally known scholar for their relevance to a larger, overarching theme. Funding for Let’s Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War was provided by a grant from  the National Endowment for the Humanities to the ALA Public Programs Office. Applications were accepted through April 19, 2011, and programs will take place in libraries October 2011 through May 2012.