Date: March 31, 2011
Contact: Lynn Wolf Gentzler
Office: (573) 882-7083
State Historical Society invites applications for 2011 Brownlee Fund Grants
The State Historical Society of Missouri is proud to support observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in Missouri through the resources of the Richard S. Brownlee Fund. The Society invites local historical societies and museums, both public and private, to develop projects and activities that commemorate the 150th anniversary of this difficult and important period in our past. The maximum award amount is $500, and the deadline for application is June 30, 2011.
In previous years, the Richard S. Brownlee Fund has supported diverse research, documentation, and publication efforts, including the highly regarded Dictionary of Missouri Biography, many scholarly journal articles and books, doctoral dissertations, oral history programs, and traveling exhibits. In 2011 the Society is looking to fund development of worthy projects and community experiences that accurately commemorate the Civil War in Missouri.
The Brownlee Fund honors the dedication to history shown by former Society executive director Richard S. Brownlee whose twenty-five-year leadership brought significant growth to the organization, including expanding the newspaper collection, reference materials, and manuscript holdings, as well as new art acquisitions from Missouri masters George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton, a contemporary art collection, and increased holdings of editorial cartoons. Brownlee’s critically acclaimed book, Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy: Guerrilla Warfare in the West, 1861-1865, first published in 1958, has become a classic in the field of Civil War historiography.
The Society has not awarded Brownlee Grants for the past two years due to the economic downturn, and the ability to revive the program in 2011 with a focus on Civil War history is an exciting move forward. The 2011 Brownlee Fund guidelines can be found on the Society’s Web site at:
Grant winners will receive their funds at the Society’s annual meeting in Columbia on November 5, 2011.
About The State Historical Society of Missouri
Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and a trustee of the state since 1899, the Society is the premier center for the study of Missouri state and local history. With research centers on each campus of the University of Missouri system, the Society collects, preserves, and publishes materials that enhance research and support learning opportunities in Missouri studies and the history of the Midwest.