Lawton Mainor Chiles Jr. was an American politician from the U. S. state of Florida. He served as a United States Senator from 1971 to 1989 and as the 41st Governor of Florida from 1991 to 1998. A Korean War veteran, Chiles returned to Florida for law school and opened his own private practice in 1955. Three years Chiles entered politics with a successful bid for the Florida House of Representatives in 1958, as a member of the Democratic Party. By 1966, Chiles left the Florida House to run for the Florida Senate. Despite 12 years in the Florida Legislature, Chiles was unknown when he decided to bid for United States Senate in 1970, he embarked on a 1,003-mile walk from Pensacola to Key West for his campaign, earning him the nickname "Walkin' Lawton". It was successful and Chiles defeated his opponent William C. Cramer by a 53.9%-46.1% margin. Chiles retired from the United States Senate and from politics in 1989. However, supporters convinced him to run for Governor of Florida in 1990 against the unpopular incumbent Bob Martinez, Chiles defeated Martinez by a 13-point margin.
During his first term as Governor of Florida, Lawton Chiles brought reform to health care in the state and oversaw recovery efforts from Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Chiles faced a tough re-election bid in 1994 against Jeb Bush, a businessman and son of former President of the United States George H. W. Bush. Chiles prevailed over Bush by fewer than 64,000 votes. In his second term, Chiles was known for his reforms to education in Florida. On December 12, 1998, he suffered a heart attack and died at the Florida Governor's Mansion, leaving Lieutenant Governor Buddy MacKay to serve the remaining 23 days of Chiles' unexpired term. Chiles was born in Polk County, Florida near Lakeland, the son of Margaret Kate and Lawton Mainor Chiles, he attended public school at Lakeland High School the University of Florida at Gainesville. At the University of Florida, he was active in student politics. Chiles was a member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Cockrell Inn and was inducted into both the university Hall of Fame and Florida Blue Key.
He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He graduated in 1952. Following his college years, Chiles entered the Korean War, commissioned as an artillery officer in the United States Army. After the war, Chiles returned to the University of Florida for law school, from which he graduated in 1955, he married Rhea Grafton. In 1958, Chiles, a Democrat, was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, it was still a one-party state, as most African Americans were disfranchised by a constitution and laws passed since the turn of the century. Chiles served in the House until 1966, when he was elected to a seat in the state senate, which he held until 1970. While in the State Senate, Chiles served on the 1968 Florida Law Revision Commission. During his time in the state legislature, Chiles continued to work as a lawyer and developer in Lakeland, he was one of the initial investors in the Red Lobster restaurant chain. He was a member of the Florida Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
In 1970, Chiles decided to run for a seat in the United States Senate. At the time, despite his 12 years in the state legislature, he was unknown outside his Lakeland-based district. To generate some media coverage and meet people across the state, Chiles embarked upon a 1,003-mile, 91-day walk across Florida from Pensacola to Key West; the walk earned him the recognition he sought, as well as the nickname that would follow him throughout his political career– "Walkin' Lawton". In his journal Chiles wrote that sometimes he walked alone, while other times he met ordinary Floridians along the way. In years, Chiles would recall the walk allowed him to see Florida's natural beauty, as well as the state's problems, with fresh eyes; some Florida reporters said. In the general election campaign, Chiles faced U. S. Representative William C. Cramer of St. Petersburg, the first Republican to have served in Congress from Florida since Reconstruction. Cramer, a graduate of Harvard Law School, questioned Chiles's votes as a state senator on several matters regarding insurance.
One law increased automobile liability rates by 50 percent over two years, another raised premiums for school bus insurance, at a time that Chiles's insurance agency in Lakeland held the policy on the Polk County School Board, but such "conflict-of-interest" accusations seemed to have little political effect. The self-made Cramer depicted Chiles as coming from a "silver spoon" background with a net worth of $300,000, but the media ignored questions about the candidates' personal wealth. Instead, reporters focused on the walk termed a "public relations stroke of genius." Prior to the walk, Chiles was identified by only 5 percent of voters. The Tallahassee Democrat forecast that Chiles's "weary feet and comfortable hiking boots" would carry the 40-year-old "slow-country country lawyer" with "boyish amiability", "back-country common sense and methodical urbane political savvy" to victory. Chiles's "Huck Finn" image was contrasted one night in Miami when he held a fried chicken picnic while the Republicans showcased a black-tie $1,000-a-plate dinner.
Cramer could not match Chiles's public appeal. An observer described Cramer's "charisma" as "a speech in the Congressional Record." A Cramer aide said. It's not a sexy thing." A Chiles advertisement urged that voters "Vot
Naming rights are a financial transaction and form of advertising whereby a corporation or other entity purchases the right to name a facility or event for a defined period of time. For properties like a multi-purpose arena, performing arts venue or an athletic field, the term ranges from three to 20 years. Longer terms are more common for higher profile venues such as a professional sports facility; the distinctive characteristic for this type of naming rights is that the buyer gets a marketing property to promote products and services, promote customer retention and/or increase market share. There are several forms of corporate sponsored names. A presenting sponsor attaches the name of the corporation or brand at the end of a generic traditional, name. A title sponsor replaces the original name of the property with a corporate-sponsored one, with no reference to the previous name. In a few cases, naming rights contracts have been terminated prematurely; such terminations may be the result of sponsor bankruptcy, or scandals.
Stadium naming may have shifted in recent years to promoting corporate trade names, but in earlier decades is traced to the family names of company founders. The record for the highest amount paid for naming rights belongs to Scotiabank Arena. On August 29, 2017, a 20-year/$800 Million sponsorship deal was reached between Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia to rename Toronto's Air Canada Centre; the home of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors became known as Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018. Prior to the Scotiabank Arena deal, the record belonged to Citi Field and Barclays Center, both located in New York City, US; each garnered deals of $20 million per year for at least 20 years. The New Meadowlands Stadium, shared home of the New York Giants and New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey, US. was expected to eclipse both deals, with experts estimating it would value $25–30 million annually. It fell short of that benchmark, with MetLife Stadium earning $17 million annually from its naming rights deal with MetLife.
The purchaser of a stadium's naming rights may choose to donate those rights to an outside organization one to which it is related. The most notable example of this is Friends Arena, a major stadium in Stockholm; the facility was known as Swedbank Arena, but in 2012 that company donated those rights to the Friends Foundation, an organization seeking to combat school bullying, sponsored by Swedbank. More the Kentucky Farm Bureau, an organization promoting the interests of Kentucky farmers, best known to the non-farming public for its insurance business, acquired the naming rights to the University of Kentucky's new baseball park in 2018; the Farm Bureau in turn donated those naming rights to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, naming the venue Kentucky Proud Park. The sponsored name is the brand used by said state agency in its marketing campaign for agricultural products produced in that state. Naming rights in United States may have been traced back to 1912 with the opening of Fenway Park in Boston.
The stadium's owner had owned a realty company called "Fenway Realty", so the promotional value of the naming has been considered. Despite this, it is more believed to have begun in 1926 when William Wrigley, the chewing gum magnate and owner of the Chicago Cubs, named his team's stadium "Wrigley Field." In 1953, Anheuser-Busch head and St. Louis Cardinals owner August Busch, Jr. proposed renaming Sportsman's Park, occupied by the Cardinals, "Budweiser Stadium". When this idea was rejected by Ford Frick, the Commissioner of Baseball at that time, Anheuser-Busch proposed the title "Busch Stadium" after one of the company's founders; the name was approved, Anheuser-Busch subsequently released a new product called "Busch Bavarian Beer". The name would be shifted to the Busch Memorial Stadium in 1966, shortened in the 1970s to "Busch Stadium" and remained the stadium's name until it closed in 2005. By that time, Major League Baseball's policy had changed – with Coors Field in Denver and Miller Park in Milwaukee going up in that span – and Anheuser-Busch was able to use the same name for the Cardinals' new stadium which opened on April 4, 2006.
Foxboro Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots between 1970 and 2001, was an early example of a team selling naming rights to a company that did not own it, naming the stadium Schaefer Stadium after the beer company from its building until 1983. The public reaction to this practice is mixed. Naming rights sold to new venues have been accepted if the buyer is well-established and has strong local connections to the area, such as the cases of Rich Stadium in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Coors Field in Denver. Selling the naming rights to an already-existing venue has been notably less successful, as in the attempt to rename Candlestick Park in San Francisco to 3Com Park; the general public continued to call the facility what it had been known as for over three decades–i.e. Candlestick Park. After the agreement with 3Com expired, the rights were resold to Monster Cable, the stadium was renamed Monster Park. San Francisco voters responded by passing an initiative in the November 2004 elections that stipulated the name must revert to Candlestick Park once the contract with Monster expired in 2008.
Seating capacity is the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, in terms of both the physical space available, limitations set by law. Seating capacity can be used in the description of anything ranging from an automobile that seats two to a stadium that seats hundreds of thousands of people; the largest sporting venue in the world, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has a permanent seating capacity for more than 235,000 people and infield seating that raises capacity to an approximate 400,000. Safety is a primary concern in determining the seating capacity of a venue: "Seating capacity, seating layouts and densities are dictated by legal requirements for the safe evacuation of the occupants in the event of fire"; the International Building Code specifies, "In places of assembly, the seats shall be securely fastened to the floor" but provides exceptions if the total number of seats is fewer than 100, if there is a substantial amount of space available between seats or if the seats are at tables.
It delineates the number of available exits for interior balconies and galleries based on the seating capacity, sets forth the number of required wheelchair spaces in a table derived from the seating capacity of the space. The International Fire Code, portions of which have been adopted by many jurisdictions, is directed more towards the use of a facility than the construction, it specifies, "For areas having fixed seating without dividing arms, the occupant load shall not be less than the number of seats based on one person for each 18 inches of seating length". It requires that every public venue submit a detailed site plan to the local fire code official, including "details of the means of egress, seating capacity, arrangement of the seating...."Once safety considerations have been satisfied, determinations of seating capacity turn on the total size of the venue, its purpose. For sports venues, the "decision on maximum seating capacity is determined by several factors. Chief among these are the primary sports program and the size of the market area".
In motion picture venues, the "limit of seating capacity is determined by the maximal viewing distance for a given size of screen", with image quality for closer viewers declining as the screen is expanded to accommodate more distant viewers. Seating capacity of venues plays a role in what media they are able to provide and how they are able to provide it. In contracting to permit performers to use a theatre or other performing space, the "seating capacity of the performance facility must be disclosed". Seating capacity may influence the kind of contract to be the royalties to be given; the seating capacity must be disclosed to the copyright owner in seeking a license for the copyrighted work to be performed in that venue. Venues that may be leased for private functions such as ballrooms and auditoriums advertise their seating capacity. Seating capacity is an important consideration in the construction and use of sports venues such as stadiums and arenas; when entities such as the National Football League's Super Bowl Committee decide on a venue for a particular event, seating capacity, which reflects the possible number of tickets that can be sold for the event, is an important consideration.
The seating capacity for restaurants is reported as'covers'. Seating capacity differs from total capacity, which describes the total number of people who can fit in a venue or in a vehicle either sitting or standing. Where seating capacity is a legal requirement, however, as it is in movie theatres and on aircraft, the law reflects the fact that the number of people allowed in should not exceed the number who can be seated. Use of the term "public capacity" indicates that a venue is allowed to hold more people than it can seat. Again, the maximum total number of people can refer to either the physical space available or limitations set by law. All-seater stadium List of stadiums by capacity List of football stadiums by capacity List of American football stadiums by capacity List of rugby league stadiums by capacity List of rugby union stadiums by capacity List of tennis stadiums by capacity Seating assignment
Stetson University is a private university with four colleges and schools located across the I-4 corridor in Central Florida, United States, with the primary undergraduate campus located in DeLand. Stetson University was founded in 1883 by Henry Addison DeLand, a New York philanthropist, as DeLand Academy. In 1887, the Florida Legislature enacted the Charter of DeLand University as an independent institution of higher learning. DeLand University's name was changed in 1889 to honor hat manufacturer John B. Stetson, a benefactor of the university, who served with town founder, Henry A. DeLand, others as a founding trustee of the university. Stetson provided substantial assistance to the university after DeLand, on account of financial reverses, was no longer able to do so. Stetson University was affiliated with the Florida Baptist Convention from 1885 until 1907, when the Convention was defeated in its effort to force Stetson to amend its charter. From 1907 to 1919, the Florida Baptist Convention operated Columbia College in Lake City, but it failed for lack of adequate financial support.
According to Gilbert Lycan, a Stetson history professor who wrote the university's official centennial history in 1983, the relationship between Stetson University and the Florida Baptist Convention was reestablished in 1919, it continued until 1995, when it was terminated. The university's College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Music, most graduate programs are housed at the DeLand campus, located just north of the downtown area of DeLand, Florida halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida. More than 60 undergraduate majors and minors are offered; the 175-acre campus in DeLand is nationally designated by the National Register of Historic Places as the Stetson University Campus Historic District for Florida's oldest collection of education-related buildings. DeLand Hall, which houses the Office of the President and the offices of other administrators, was constructed in 1884 and is the oldest building in Florida in continuous use for higher education.
Lynn Business Center, constructed in 2003, houses much of the university's School of Business, was Florida's first green building certified by the U. S. Green Building Council. Elizabeth Hall, named after John B. Stetson's wife, houses a number of departments in the College of Sciences; the School of Music performs in Lee Chapel in the south of the building. Elizabeth Hall features distinctive polychrome brickwork and a cupola, modeled after the one on Independence Hall in Philadelphia, used as the official symbol of the undergraduate campus; the building had once served as the college of natural sciences, as well as the library before the introduction of Sampson Hall, which held the books until the Dupont-Ball library was constructed. The building houses the offices of the faculty and the philosophy department on the first floor, as well as the iconic Lee Chapel, which can be accessed via the second floor; the second floor contains the colleges of computer science, media studies, communications, as well as the department of mathematics.
The Lawson Seminar Room is located on the second floor. The third floor houses the history and political science departments, as well as the Lycan Seminar room, the T. C. Lane memorial classroom, the Founder's classroom, the John E. John's lecture room. Lee Chapel was built in 1897 and was erected in honor of the memory of John B. Stetson's late son, who died at age 6, it is named after H. Douglas Lee who served as Stetson's 8th President from 1987 until 2009, it was dedicated for the Glory of God and Truth. William Sharp, an art professor here, designed all the stained glass windows in the chapel; the organ is a 1961 Beckerath Organ. It came here in 56 crates from Hamburg, Germany, it took three men two months to build. Along with many Stetson musicians and renowned traveling musicians. Recent Enhancements In 2010, Stetson became a pet-friendly campus, the university invested $6.5 million to renew landscaping in the campus core, upgrade classrooms and add energy-saving lighting, all at the DeLand campus.
Improvements included a new coffeehouse. In recent years, over $17 million in new construction took place at the DeLand campus. Sage Hall, home of the departments of natural sciences, received an $8.5 million renovation and expansion, while the Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center, the Rinker Environmental Learning Center, Mary B. McMahan Hall — rehearsal space for the School of Music — were new constructions. Along with student exhibitions, the university's extensive collection of paintings by American modernist Oscar Bluemner are housed in the Hand Art Center. In 2018, Stetson University announced that Hyatt and Cici Brown will donate $18 million to "construct a new science building on the DeLand campus and expand science programs." The Stetson University College of Law, the first law school in Florida, was founded in 1900, closed from 1942 to 1946 due to the Second World War, was relocated in 1954 from DeLand to Gulfport, Florida, a suburb of St. Petersburg. Smoke-Free Campus The residential campuses in DeLand and Gulfport became smoke-free and tobacco-free on Aug. 1, 2014.
Satellite Centers The Stetson University Center at Celebration, which opened in 2004 and offers graduate-level and corporate education. The Tampa Law Center, which opened in 2004, in downtown Tampa, Florida. Filming Location Stetson's DeLand campus has been used as a set for a number of films and television shows; these include the Adam Sandler film The Waterboy, Ghost Story, Fr
Jacksonville University is a private university in Jacksonville, Florida. The school was founded in 1934 as a two-year college and was known as Jacksonville Junior College until September 5, 1956, when it shifted focus to building four-year university degree programs and graduated its first four-year degree candidates as Jacksonville University in June 1959, it is a member of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. JU's student body represents more than 40 U. S. states and 45 countries around the world. As a Division I university, it is home to 19 sports teams, known as the JU Dolphins, as well as intramural sports and clubs. Among the top majors declared by JU students are aviation management, nursing and marine science; the school was founded in 1934 by William J. Porter. Known as William J. Porter University, it began as a private two-year college.
Since a permanent site had not yet been acquired, classes were held on the third floor auditorium of the First Baptist Church Educational Building in downtown Jacksonville. Sixty students were enrolled in Porter University's first year of operation; the school changed its name to Jacksonville Junior College in 1935. It relocated three times over the next fifteen years, including a period in the Florida Theatre building, but the influx of GI bill students following the end of World War II made it necessary for the school to find a permanent location. In 1947 the administration purchased land in Jacksonville's Arlington neighborhood on which to establish the current campus; the first building was completed in 1950 and classes began. The same year the school received full accreditation as a two-year college from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1958 Jacksonville Junior College merged with the Jacksonville College of Music, the name was changed to Jacksonville University. In 1959 the first four-year class of 100 students graduated, in 1961 JU received full accreditation as a four-year school from SACS.
The 1960s saw the university grow as enrollment increased, dormitories were built, two new colleges were established and the Swisher Gymnasium was constructed. The first student dormitories opened for the fall semester of 1965 on the south part of campus for a combined total of $2.4 million. The sixth dormitory, Botts Hall, opened in 1968. In 1970 the Jacksonville University Dolphins men's basketball team, under star center Artis Gilmore, went to the NCAA Division I Championship. However, the opening of the public University of North Florida in 1972 eroded JU's enrollment, while the removal of public funding hurt the school financially. In the 1990s Jacksonville University reconfigured itself as a liberal arts college and embarked on a substantial fundraising campaign, which provided for the construction of new buildings and a revision of the campus master plan. In 1997 a new cafeteria was constructed, a Visual Arts Annex opened, the on-campus Villages Apartments finished construction and opened for students on the north part of campus.
Merrill and Grether Hall were demolished in 2007 to make way for Oak Hall, a modern 500-bed dormitory, a new parking garage. George Hallam, in conjunction with Jacksonville University and its library staff, published an extensive history of the university titled Our Place in the Sun, which details the development and progress of the institution between its inception in 1934 through the spring of 1988. Other university publications which have chronicled JU history throughout the decades include the JU Navigator, the Riparian, The Wave magazine. Jacksonville University offers more than 100 majors and programs at the undergraduate level, as well as 23 Master's and doctorate degree programs, leading to the M. S. M. A. M. A. T. and Master of Business Administration, Doctor of Nursing Practice. The university is divided into four colleges and two institutes: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Davis College of Business, the College of Fine Arts, the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, the Marine Science Research Institute, its newest addition, the Public Policy Institute.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a traditional liberal arts education and includes JU's School of Education, Wilma's Little People School and Mathematics, Social Sciences and the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. JU has the second-largest Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program in the nation and the longest-running in Florida. Jacksonville is a military- and veteran-friendly town, is home to three major military installations; as the founding member of the Northeast Florida Military Veteran College Network, JU and its partners leverage the educational expertise from fellow universities, military installations, Veterans' Service Officers, other stakeholders to provide the best experience for active military students. It is an approved Yellow Ribbon School and is home to the Jacksonville University Veterans and Military Resource Center. University staff and administration includes many distinguished veterans from multiple branches of the U. S. military. The College of Fine Arts, with its integrated Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, is one of the longest-standing colleges in JU history.
Undergraduate programs include dance, theatre and visual arts. Graduate programs are available in Visual Arts; the College of Fine Arts' annual Artist Series is open to the public and offers more than 20 concerts and exhibitions per season. The Dav
Edmunds Center is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena at Stetson University in DeLand, that opened on December 5, 1974. It is home to the Stetson Hatters basketball team; the arena is named after fourth president of Stetson University. It hosted the 1996 Atlantic Sun Conference men's basketball tournaments. Many different celebrities and musicians have performed at the Edmunds Center over the years. Notable performers include comedians Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Steven Wright. List of NCAA Division I basketball arenas The J. Ollie Edmunds Center website
Liberty University is a private evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia. It is one of the largest Christian universities in the world and the largest private non-profit university in the United States, measured by student enrollment; as of 2017, the university enrolls more than 15,000 students at its Lynchburg campus and more than 94,000 students in online courses for a total of about 110,000 in all. The school consists of 17 colleges, including a school of law. Liberty's athletic teams compete in Division I of the NCAA and are collectively known as the Liberty Flames, their college football team is an NCAA Division I FBS Independent, while most of the other sports teams compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Studies at the university have a conservative Christian orientation, with three required Bible-studies classes in the first year for undergraduate students; the university's honor code, called the "Liberty Way", prohibits premarital sex and private interactions between members of the opposite sex.
Described as a "bastion of the Christian right" in American politics, the university plays a prominent role in Republican politics. Liberty promotes the Christian right viewpoint on matters such as abortion; the university teaches creationism alongside the science of evolutionary biology. Founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell and Elmer L. Towns the university began as Lynchburg Baptist College. Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, Falwell served as the first president of the school; the name was changed to Liberty Baptist College in 1977 before settling on Liberty University in 1985. Liberty University's tax exempt status was formally recognized by the IRS in 1987. Upon the death of his father in 2007, Jerry Falwell Jr. became the university's president. Since 1999, Liberty has had an informal relationship with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia by way of having two members from that organization on the university board of trustees. In its early years, the university was held afloat financially by major donors.
The university was placed on probation multiple times in the 1990s by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools due to heavy debt loads. In 1990, the university's debt totaled $110 million; as of 2017 the university's endowment stands at more than $1 billion and gross assets are in excess of $2 billion. In 1985, the university began a distance learning program by mailing VHS tapes to students and was the forerunner to Liberty University's current online program; when high-speed Internet connections became more widespread around 2005, Liberty began to offer online courses to a larger adult population. The 17-story Freedom Tower was completed in February 2018 and, at 275 feet, is the tallest building in Lynchburg; the tower holds a 25-bell carillon. Liberty University's Center for Music & Worship hosts the Miss Virginia beauty competition which sends the winner of the state to represent it in the Miss America Pageant. Construction was completed in August 2009 on the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre, a synthetic ski slope featuring Snowflex.
It includes beginner and advanced slopes, is the first of its kind in the United States. The Observatory Center opened in the spring of 2013 next to the Equestrian Center; the dome consists of a classroom. It houses a 20-inch RC Optical Systems Truss Ritchey-Chrétien high-quality research telescope and several Celestron CPC 800 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes on pedestals, able to roll out under a roof; the observatory serves three purposes: public nights and research. Student Activities is open to all students, it was announced in December 2016 that Liberty University will be constructing an on-campus shooting range for students to protect themselves against active shooters and terrorist attacks. The four-story, 170,000-square-foot Jerry Falwell Library opened in January 2014; the library features a robot-assisted storage and retrieval system for over 250,000 archived items, with room for another 170,000. The robot locates requested items within a large storage room and delivers the items to the front desk.
There are 150 public computers throughout the building for electronic archive research. The library features group study rooms, writable walls, terraces, a vegetative roof; the entrance to the library is highlighted by a 24 ft media wall powered by three Microsoft Kinect units and integrated using a custom program. The media wall uses motion-sensor technology to enable visitors to scroll through university news, browse pictures contributed from students and learn about upcoming university events; the $50 million library is part of a larger $500 million building and expansion plan announced by Liberty University. The National Civil War Chaplains Museum contains exhibits about clergy members and religious activity during the Civil War era, it is the only museum in the nation devoted to this purpose. The mission of the museum is to "educate the public about the role of chaplains and rabbis and religious organizations in the Civil War. A 501 organization, the museum rents space from Liberty University's DeMoss Center.
It has 10,000 square feet, with a 50-seat video theatre, archive displays, a research library, bookstore. The museum commemorates Catholic and Jewish chaplains (including African Am