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    Andersonville

    National Historic Site Georgia

2011 Prisoner of War Research Grant Program Announced

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Date: August 17, 2011
Contact: Eric Leonard, 229 924-0343, ext. 201

ANDERSONVILLE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, home of the National Prisoner of War Museum, seeks applicants for an annual grant program which will provide financial assistance to support original research and writing leading to interpretive works on the history of American Prisoners of War. These research grants are made possible through the generosity of the Andersonville Trust.

The Andersonville Trust was created as an endowment fund 14 years ago to provide long term support to the historic site and is administered by The Friends of Andersonville. The Friends of Andersonville is an organization made up of 300 members across the country that supports the historic site. The following information will be of interest to those who desire to apply for financial assistance.

  • Academic scholars (including graduate students), independent scholars and professional and non-professional writers are encouraged to apply.
  • Awards would provide a maximum of $1,000 and can be used to offset travel expenses and other research related activities excluding large equipment purchases.
  • The applicant should state clearly the research topic and chronological period to be covered in the study. In addition, the applicant should state whether the research project is for a degree program or a manuscript being prepared for publication.
  • The grant is designed to promote interest in the prisoner of war experience and encourage scholarly research which leads to documentation of the prisoner of war experience in a variety of media including theses, publications and audiovisual productions. Especially encouraged are projects that cover subjects not well represented in the published record.
  • This includes an administrative history of the park from the Civil War to the present, prisoners of war during early conflicts in American history, individual prisoner of war camps and the experiences of minorities as prisoners of war. Subject matter can also extend to relevant aspects of the prisoner of war experience, such as the families of POWs and the guards at prisoner of war camps, including the Georgia Reserves and others at the Andersonville Prison.
  • The recipient is required to furnish the park with a copy of their finished product within 24 months after the grant is awarded, unless an extension is granted. If after three years the document has not been submitted, or an extension approved by the Director, the grant will be considered a LOAN and repayment with 8% interest per annum will be expected.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
Applicants should complete an Application for Prisoner of War Research Grant and submit the application, a current curriculum vita and two letters of recommendation to the mailing address below. Applications submitted by electronic mail or fax will not be accepted. The application deadline for 2011 awards is October 15, 2011. Awards will be made by November 15, 2011.

Andersonville National Historic Site will acknowledge receipt of complete applications if a selfaddressed, stamped envelope is included with the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The application coversheet can be downloaded here.

MAILING ADDRESS
Applications and letters of recommendation should be sent to:

Andersonville National Historic Site
POW Research Grant Application
496 Cemetery Road
Andersonville, GA 31711

For questions regarding the research grant program, please call Chief of Interpretation and Education Eric Leonard at 229 924-0343, extension 201.

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The site features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is a unit of the National Park System and serves as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm with the museum opening at 8:30 am. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS

 

Resources:
News Release [52KB PDF file]
Application cover sheet [8KB PDF file]

Did You Know?

1866 drawing of prisoner shelters

It rained 22 days during the month of June 1864 at Andersonville. Prisoner Warren Goss remembered, "it was miserably wet, dirty, and disagreeable with unpleasant odors. Neither could one get accustomed to, or be able to blunt the senses to, the existence of so much misery."