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City of Aurora (Aurora, IL 60505-3302)
Eric Pry (Project Director: April 2020 to present)
Continued Operation of Aurora Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Museum

The retention of the museum’s curator to work on an upcoming exhibition.

Aurora’s GAR Memorial Museum is seeking NEH assistance to assure the Museum continues operating at least through the end of 2020. An NEH grant would cover the salary of the Museum Curator and partial cost of programs planned for Fall 2020. Aurora’s GAR Hall was built in 1878 as a tribute to those Civil War veterans who fought to preserve the Union and abolish slavery. The Museum’s Main Level features exhibits with a local focus on the Civil War. Since early 2020, the Museum has been closed for the renovation of its Lower Level into a place for rotating exhibits on America’s conflicts from World War I through today; a site for historic presentations to the community; and a meeting space for local veterans. The Lower Level will reopen this Fall. Facing a loss of millions of dollars in sales and property taxes because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is considering cutting staff positions and projects. Only essential personnel – such as public safety – would be exempt from the cuts.

Project fields:
Composition and Rhetoric; Military History; U.S. History

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Public Programs

$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/15/2020 – 12/31/2020