President Barack Obama recently presented the 2009 National Humanities Medals to eight Americans for their outstanding achievements in history, literature, cultural philanthropy, and museum leadership. Medals were given to historians Robert A. Caro, Annette Gordon-Reed, David Levering Lewis, and William H. McNeill; museum director Philippe de Montebello; philanthropist Albert H. Small; author Theodore C. Sorensen; and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will host the 22nd annual Records Administration Conference (RACO) on Wednesday, May 12, 2010. RACO is a one-day conference on Federal records management issues. Over 500 Federal records officers, records management professionals, information managers, and information technology professionals regularly attend RACO.
HISTORY is launching a major new series on April 25th entitled America The Story of Us. Each episode focuses on the ways everyday Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress. In conjunction with the series, HISTORY has developed an extensive nationwide education outreach program including curriculum guides, contests, and a live webcast.
Smithsonian Books recently reached an agreement with Random House Publisher Services for worldwide sales and distribution of its title catalog beginning at the end of March. Smithsonian Books publishes illustrated, photography, reference and narrative nonfiction books in categories such as history, art, culture, anthropology, archaeology, science and technology, aviation and space.