Back 55 organizations in 25 states and DC win funding in Round One of LOA’s World War I and America initiative
U.S. troops in World War One, exact location unknown, 1918. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

Library of America is proud to announce that fifty-five libraries and other institutions in twenty-five states plus the District of Columbia have won funding for public programs related to World War I and America—a two-year, nationwide initiative timed to coincide with the upcoming 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in April 1917, and designed to bring veterans and their families together with the general public to explore the war’s continuing relevance.

World War I and America 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.

Twenty-two of the winning institutions were also selected to receive the companion traveling exhibition of documents, images, and interpretive texts prepared by Gilder Lehrman.

A total of $76,800 was awarded in the initiative’s first round. Winners will receive stipends of either $1,200 or $1,800 for public programs centered on a set of seven humanities themes associated with World War I and America. Recognized humanities scholars and members of the veteran community will participate in all programs, which will be free and open to the public.

A second round of applications will be evaluated in January; the deadline for applying is January 13, 2017. Potential applicants or anyone else who would like more information about the project are invited to visit the project website or email

A list of the Round One grantees appears below, ordered by state.

Scottsdale Public Library System, Scottsdale

Beaumont Library District, Beaumont
The Museum of San Ramon Valley, Danville
Milpitas Library, Milpitas
Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento
Simi Valley Public Library, Simi Valley
Whittier Public Library, Whittier

Groton Public Library, Groton
Hartford Public Library, Hartford

District of Columbia
PEN/Faulkner Foundation, Washington, DC

Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Ft. Lauderdale

Augusta Museum of History, Augusta
Urban Mediamakers Association and Film Festival, Lawrenceville

Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook
Kishwaukee College, Malta
Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park
Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library District 109, Hampshire

Figge Art Museum, Davenport
Oelwein Public Library, Oelwein

Independence Public Library, Independence

Owensboro Museum of Science and History, Owensboro

Nicholas State University, Ellender Memorial Library, Thibodaux

Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor
William Fogg Public Library, Eliot

Harford County Public Library, Belcamp
Towson University, Albert S. Cook Library, Towson

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena
Cromaine District Library, Hartland
Jackson District Library, Jackson

Black Archives of Mid-America, Kansas City
Springfield-Greene County Library District, Springfield

New Jersey
Bridgeton Free Public Library, Bridgeton
Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken

New York
New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn
The African Atlantic Genealogical Society, Inc., Hempstead
Massapequa Public Library, Massapequa Park
Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Poughkeepsie
The Smithtown Library, Smithtown
Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences/Staten Island Museum, Staten Island
The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Stony Brook

Wickliffe Public Library, Wickliffe

Trexler Library, Muhlenberg College, Allentown
Haverford Township Free Library, Havertown
Peters Township Public Library, McMurray

South Carolina
Historic Columbia, Columbia

Cookeville History Museum-City of Cookeville, Cookeville
Sequatchie County Friends of the Library, Dunlap

Tarrant County College District, Judith J. Carrier Library, Arlington
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, West Texas A&M University, Canyon
East Texas Historical Association, Nacogdoches
Angelo State University, San Angelo

Brigham City Library, Brigham City

Hartland Public Library, Hartland

Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg

Verona Public Library, Verona

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