Library of America Receives $550K Grant for WWI Events

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

The Library of America has been selected as the beneficiary of a $550,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The grant is the largest endowment that NEH is giving out this year. The funding comes in partial support of World War I and America, a national project exploring World War I through a travelling exhibition, a multimedia website, and a major anthology of American experiences during World War I.

The grant will help support the events which will bring members of the veteran community to speak in libraries and museums around the country. The events will take place next year, the 100th anniversary of the US entry into the war. The grant will also fund the publication of the annotated narrative collection, World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg is editing the text in collaboration with an advisory board of World War I scholars including: Jennifer D. Keene, Edward G. Lengel, Michael S. Neiberg, and Chad Williams.

The grant will fund programming in 120 libraries across all 50 states starting in January 2017.