2011 Prisoner of War Research Grant Program Announced
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.
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.
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
Did You Know?
Inside the Andersonville prison was a vibrant free market economy. Prisoner George Fechtner recounted that, “there were a number of barber shops there where men could get shaved, their hair cut and whiskers dyed, and some of them carried on the doctoring business. They would buy their dyeing articles to work with, their soap and other things, from new arrivals.” Other prisoners operated stores, sold firewood, and repaired clothes and shoes.