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NCH Issues Statement on the Revised AP History Framework

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

In recent months, the newly developed framework for the Advance Placement (AP) in U.S. History exam, issued by The College Board, has sparked controversy across the country. On September 3, the National Coalition for History sent a letter to the State Boards of Education in eight states (Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, Colorado and Nevada) supporting the efforts of The College Board in trying to make the AP History course and exam more flexible and reflect ongoing developments in scholarship. Read the full article »

House Appropriations Committee Restores Proposed Cuts in NEH FY 15 Budget

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

On July 15, the House Appropriations Committee adopted the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies FY 15 funding bill. The Appropriations Committee included $146 million for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Committee added $8 million in funding for the NEH, up from the $138 million level recommended by the Interior appropriations subcommittee. Read the full article »

US Senate Confirms William “Bro” Adams as NEH Chairman

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The United States Senate today voted to confirm William D. “Bro” Adams as the 10th chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Adams is expected to begin as Chairman in the coming days. Read the full article »

House Funding Bill Would Cut NEH and National Park Service History Programs in FY 15

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies marked up its fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding bill today. Of major concern are proposed cuts in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and history and preservation programs at the National Park Service. Read the full article »

Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY15 Library of Congress Funding Bill

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

On June 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Legislative Branch appropriations bill (HR 4487, S. Rept. 113-196) that provides funding for the Library of Congress. The legislation includes $587.4 million for the Library, which is $8.4 million more than FY 14, but $7.5 million less than the Administration’s request for FY 15. Read the full article »

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Confirms History Department is Not Being Eliminated

Friday, May 30th, 2014

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 stated, “Our students will continue to have History and Social Studies courses in school just as they do today, taught by highly-qualified History and Social Studies educators, just as today.” Read the full article »

NCH Seek Clarification from Boston Public Schools on Reorganization of History Department

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

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 the history department was indeed not being eliminated or folded into English Language Arts. On May 28, 2014, the National Coalition for History sent a letter to the Superintendent of BPS seeking assurances that this was indeed the case. Read the full article »

Senate Panel Passes Presidential & Federal Records Reform Bill

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

For over a decade, the National Coalition for History has been a lead advocate for enactment of Presidential Records Act (PRA) reform legislation. For the first time in nearly five years it appears a bill (HR 1233), the “Presidential and Federal Records Act Amendments of 2014,” (H. Rept. 113-127) stands a good chance of finally being enacted by Congress. Read the full article »

NCH Proposes Changes to National Women’s History Museum Commission Bill

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

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 building the museum. Nevertheless, NCH expressed concerns that the legislation in its current form leaves out expert historians and the public from the deliberations of the commission, and endorses a problematic fundraising plan. Read the full article »

NCH Submits Testimony on Proposed FY 15 National Archives Budget

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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 a disproportionate share of the cuts. Read the full article »

House Funding Bill Includes $15.9 Million Increase for the Library of Congress

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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. Read the full article »

President Obama Nominates Colby College President to Chair NEH

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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 since the retirement of former-chairman Jim Leach in May 2013. Read the full article »

Tickets Now Available For NEH Jefferson Lecture

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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. Read the full article »

Washington Monument to Reopen on May 12

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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. Read the full article »

NEH Announces $18.2 Million in Grants

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

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 Read the full article »

US Copyright Office Implements New Fee Structure

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress has amended its fees for certain public services effective May 1. The new fee schedule governs registration, recordation, licensing activities and FOIA services, among others. This is the first fee adjustment since 2009. For a list of the new fee structure, go to: Read the full article »

Obama Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Request

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

On March 4, the Obama administration released its

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fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request. Because of the two-year budget agreement passed by Congress, the administration has little flexibility to adjust priorities within the overall budget. The National Coalition for History (NCH) has created a chart showing the budgets of all major federal agency programs affecting history, archives and education. FY 15 budget request (rev 3-6-14). Read the full article »

NHPRC Proposes Major Changes To Its Grant-Making Process

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently issued proposed new guidelines that will make significant changes in its grant making process. In response to requests by affected stakeholders, the NHPRC has extended the comment period until March 31, 2014. More information can

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Report Shows Strong Economic Benefits Generated by National Parks

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Boosted by an additional 4 million visitors in 2012, national parks across the country continued to be important economic engines, generating $26.75 billion in economic activity and supporting 243,000 jobs, according to a recent peer-reviewed report released by the National Park Service. Read the full article »

Congress Passes FY 14 Omnibus Spending Bill

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

The President has signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014″ (PL 113-76) that will fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2014. The National Coalition for History (NCH) has created a chart showing the budgets of all major federal agency programs affecting history,

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