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Tagged as: Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Act of 2009, Civil War sesquicentennial event, Congress, Jim Webb, Mary Landrieu, National Endowment for the Humanities.
Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Jim Webb (D-VA) have introduced the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission Act of 2009 (S.1838) to establish a Commission to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from 2011-2015. The legislation authorizes $3.5 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to award grants for activities relating to the sesquicentennial.
The commission will consist of 25 members from government, business and academia. It is tasked with encouraging interdisciplinary examination of the Civil War, coordinating and facilitating the public distribution of scholarly research publications and interpretations of the Civil War, and providing technical assistance to States, localities and non-profits to assist in their commemorations.
In awarding grants, the NEH is directed to consider established university, museum or academic programs with national scope that sponsor multidisciplinary projects, including those that concentrate on African Americans in the Civil War.