Lincoln 200th Group Gives 5 Grants
(November 2012 Civil War News)

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NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation (ALBF) awarded a new round of grants to help fund public programs, exhibits, publishing and digitizing projects in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Carbondale, Ill., and Springfield, Ill. The five projects received a total of $62,000.

 Foundation board chairman Harold Holzer said, “Our mandate continues to be to identify and support activities nationwide that focus attention on the Lincoln legacy during this Civil War sesquicentennial period.”

He noted the latest round of awards encourages “exciting new public and educational programs, Lincoln-related publishing and exhibition activities, and scholarly research and digitizing of vital original sources.”

Organizations interesting in applying for future grants can get information from www:lincolnbicentennial.org. Applications must be submitted in time for consideration at the board’s next meeting in late January.

At the September meeting the Foundation hosted a reception and tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home followed by a lecture on the Emancipation Proclamation by historian Mark E. Neely Jr. The following morning, board members Holzer, Frank J. Williams and Orville Vernon Burton participated in a conference on “Lincoln and the Constitution” organized by the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia with support from the Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation.

The recipients of the latest round of grants are:

— The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington ($2,000) to support a 2013 conference on Jewish life in Civil War-era Washington.

— Southern Illinois University Press in Carbondale ($7,500) to support a marketing campaign for its “Concise Lincoln” series.

— The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, Ill. ($32,745) to help fund a major project to digitize the complete run of the Sangamo Journal (later the Illinois Daily State Journal), the key pro-Lincoln newspaper in the state’s capital for some 30 years and a valuable source of original information about the future president’s legal and political career.

— Friends of the United Nations in New York City ($10,000) to support a major international celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Final Emancipation Proclamation at the UN on Martin Luther King Day, 2013.

— The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia ($10,000) to fund an exhibit in its Sir John Templeton Heritage Center entitled “Philadelphia 1863: Conceiving Liberty.”

ALBF board members are officers Harold Holzer, Orville Vernon Burton, Thomas Campbell and Charles Scholz, and Darrel Bigham, David Lawrence, Edna Greene Medford, Antonio Mora, Jean Powers Soman and Hon. Frank J. Williams.

The Foundation’s funding comes from gifts raised in the final months of its predecessor organization, the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, created by Congress and the President in 2000 to plan and organize events marking Lincoln’s 200th birthday in 2009.

Future applicants are urged to write Chairman Holzer at 205 East 78th St., 14-E, New York, NY 10028.