Museum News

ACWM Receives Virginia Humanities Grant


Richmond – The American Civil War Museum has received a $10,000 grant from Virginia Humanities as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). 

Virginia Humanities announced $599,500 in grants to 110 museums, libraries, historical societies, and other cultural nonprofit organizations across the state. The grants, part of the CARES Act passed by Congress in March, are designed to provide emergency operating funds to humanities-based organizations that are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We’re grateful to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), NEH Chairman Jon Peede, and Congress for their support of the public humanities in the CARES Act, especially as Virginia’s cultural organizations face financial hardship during this time,” said Matthew Gibson, Virginia Humanities’ executive director. “To have a meaningful impact, we aimed to distribute these funds as quickly and as equitably as possible.” 

ACWM President and Interim CEO, Betsy Wollan expressed the Museum’s gratitude for the grant. “This funding will allow the Museum to continue providing digital educational initiatives like our HomeFrontEd series for children, and connecting our community to ACWM curatorial staff, historians, and authors through our virtual programming. During this challenging time for non-profits, we greatly appreciate this assistance from Virginia Humanities and the opportunities for continued engagement it provides.” 

The American Civil War Museum is a non-profit history museum telling the stories of the American Civil War and its legacies from multiple perspectives: Union and Confederate, free and enslaved African Americans, soldiers and civilians. The Museum has two locations in Richmond, Virginia, at Historic Tredegar and the The White House of the Confederacy, and also ACWM in Appomattox, Virginia.