For those of you who can’t get enough of Civil War programming, or are still looking for ways to incorporate it into your library, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, in partnership with the Library of America, is now accepting applications from public, academic, and special libraries to host the free Civil War 150 traveling exhibition and receive a $1,000 grant to support public programming. The fifty chosen sites will also receive supporting interpretive and contextual materials, including the Civil War 150 readers, and access to a multimedia website with digital resources. To apply, please complete the Civil War 150 application form. The application deadline is July 15, 2012.
The Civil War 150 exhibition is part of the three-year Civil War 150: Exploring the War and Its Meaning through the Words of Those Who Lived It project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Drawing upon letters, personal accounts, and images, the exhibition invites Americans to understand how soldiers, presidents, freedmen, and families grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime. The exhibition is organized into five interlocking, free-standing panels and requires ten to fifteen feet for display. It is available for three-week periods from October 2012 to March 2015.
For more on Civil War programming, check out two recent articles in Programming Librarian: Overcoming Challenges: Civil War Programming in a Rural Library and Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation.