Back Funding now available to explore America’s role in WWI and its relevance 100 years later

Library of America is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for World War I and America, a two-year national initiative intended to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the continuing relevance of the First World War.

Stipends of $1,200 to $1,800 are available to all public, academic, and community college libraries, museums, historical societies, and nonprofit community organizations for public programming that explores WWI’s contemporary resonances. Programs will consist of, but are not limited to, readings, lectures, panel discussions, and workshops moderated by WWI experts and centered on the writings of Americans who experienced the conflict firsthand. A smaller group of sites will be selected to host a traveling exhibition.

Timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, the program is presented by Library of America with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and project support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The Round I application deadline is July 15, with notification being sent on or by August 15. The application deadline for Round II is January 13, 2017 (notifications February 13, 2017).

LOA readers are encouraged to tell their local libraries and other institutions about World War I and America. For complete instructions about how to apply, please visit

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