On May 30, the National Coalition for History (NCH) received a response from Boston Public Schools (BPS) Interim Superintendent John McDonough to the coalition’s letter seeking clarification of rumors that BPS was eliminating its History and Social Studies Department as part of an overall reorganization. In confirming the department was not being eliminated, Mr. McDonough more >
Over the past week rumors surfaced on the Internet that the Boston Public School (BPS) system was eliminating its History and Social Studies department. A petition was posted online that went viral throughout the historical community. On May 23, BPS issued a statement to the effect that an upcoming reorganization had been misinterpreted stating that more >
The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with the offices of Congressmen John Larson (D-CT) and Tom Cole (R-OK) on the creation of a Congressional History Caucus. NCH and its individual organizations are asking you to encourage your member of the House to join the caucus and actively participate in its activities.
On May 16, the National Coalition for History (NCH) sent a letter to Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) concerning a bill (S. 398) she introduced to establish a commission to study the creation of a National Women’s History Museum. NCH strongly supports the bill’s intent of forming the commission, as well as the ultimate goal of more >
The National Coalition for History today submitted testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee on the administration’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). NCH criticized the proposed $9.5 million reduction in funding for FY 15, noting that programs NARA refers to as “citizen services” appear to be bearing more >
On May 1, the House of Representatives approved the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Legislative Branch appropriations bill (HR 4487, H. Rept. 113-417). The legislation includes a $15.9 increase in funding for the Library of Congress to a level $595 million. This amount is $1.8 million more than the administration’s request.
On April 10, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. William “Bro” Adams as the new Chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities. Dr. Adams is President of Colby College, a position he has held since 2000. Previously, he was President of Bucknell University from 1995 to 2000. The position has been vacant more >
Free tickets for the National Endowment for the Humanities annual Jefferson Lecture are now available through the NEH website. This year’s lecturer will be author Walter Isaacson and the topic of his talk is The Intersection of the Humanities and the Sciences.
The National Park Service recently announced the Washington Monument will reopen on May 12. The Monument has been closed since it sustained major damage during an August 2011 earthquake in Washington, D.C. The repairs cost $15 million, half of which was donated by philanthropist David Rubenstein.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $18.2 million in grants for 208 humanities projects, including grants to digitize, annotate, and analyze a corpus of ancient Coptic texts of importance to scholarship in biblical studies, early Christian history, and linguistics. For a complete list of projects by states, got to http://www.neh.gov/files/press-release/march2014grantsstatebystate.pdf