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Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (New York, NY 10036-5900)
Susan F. Saidenberg (Project Director: January 2017 to October 2019)
Mindy DePalma (Project Director: October 2019 to present)

Community Conversations
Public Programs

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$400,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2017 – 10/31/2021

Revisiting the Founding Era

Implementation of a nationwide library discussion program about the Founding Era (1760–1800) and its contemporary resonances.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History seeks to develop Revisiting the Founding Era, a library outreach program based on primary sources. The program will prompt conversations in 100 public libraries in underserved communities about the Founding Era and suggest how this period’s ideas continue to resonate today. New appreciation of many uniquely American ideals, achieved through a close reading of Founding Era documents, will encourage participants to explore current issues in light of historic controversies, conversations, and compromises. The Institute, in cooperation with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, plans to create a website, videos, and a 100-page reader in print and digital formats to support community conversations. Local libraries may use the resources in different ways to plan programs that encourage Americans to draw on these ides when talking about issues of concern in their communities.