Library Programs

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Library Affiliate Program

The Library Affiliate Program, free to all public and university academic libraries, is a unique gateway to education resources, events, and tools designed to help librarians bring American history to life for students and teachers. Participating libraries receive these exclusive benefits:

  • ELIGIBILITY to receive $400 grants awarded annually to twelve Library Affiliates for student-based history programming
  • FREE ACCESS to one of the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s renowned Traveling Exhibitions
  • $100 CREDIT for the Institute’s online History Shop to purchase books, posters, and other materials, plus a 25% discount on all future purchases
  • WEB PORTAL featuring robust resources for librarians, teachers, and students

Click here to register for the program.

Any questions? Please email

Grant-Funded Public Programs

The Gilder Lehrman Institute is currently engaged in two national, library-based programs made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Revisiting the Founding Era

Town hall at the National Constitution Center, January 10, 2018

Revisiting the Founding Era logo

Public libraries were invited to apply for Revisiting the Founding Era, a nationwide project that uses historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes and how they continue to influence our lives today.

96 public libraries in the United States were selected to host programs related to the American Revolution and the early years of the nation. Participating libraries receive

  • 10 copies of a 100-page reader containing selected documents from the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives covering US history
  • $1,000 to help implement discussion groups and other public programs
  • Training, resources, and support

Libraries, working in collaboration with scholars, local experts, and others, are asked to implement at least two public programs for adult and teen audiences.

Applications are now closed and applicants were notified on March 7, 2018.

Click here to visit the website

Revisiting the Founding Era is a project of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Constitution Center. The project is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

World War I and America

World War I and America marks the 100th anniversary of American entry into World War I. It is a two-year initiative that explores the continuing relevance of the war by reading, discussing, and sharing insights into the writings of Americans who experienced it firsthand.


World War I and America supports programs across the nation, a traveling exhibition, a multimedia website, and the publication of an unprecedented anthology of writings by Americans who experienced World War I, presented by the Library of America in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The project aims to bring members of the veteran community, in particular, together with the general public in libraries and museums around the country to explore the transformative impact of the First World War. Providing scholar-moderated opportunities for those who served in more recent conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to bring their experiences to bear on historical events and texts, the project will illuminate for a wide audience the lasting legacies of World War I, and the similarities and differences between past and present.

For additional information and resources on World War I and America, including letters and speeches by Americans who lived through the war and videos by leading scholars, visit the project website:

You can also find Gilder Lehrman Resources on World War I and America here.