National Archives Begins Search for New Executive Director for NHPRC

From the NHPRC: The National Archives and Records Administration invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).  The NHPRC promotes the preservation and publication of American historical records by public and private institutions through its grants and educational programs.  The commission includes representatives of the legislative, more >


NARA Releases Partial Cache of JFK Assassination Records

The National Archives and Records Administration has now released most of the remaining federal agency records associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Under the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, all assassination-related records had to be released by October 26, 2017, 25 years after the passage of the law. However, at the more >


NCH Urges US Department of Education to Prioritize K-12 History Education

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently proposed a list of supplemental priorities and definitions to be used in awarding discretionary (competitive) grants made by the Department, including ones for K-12 history and civics education. While the proposal recommends a greater emphasis on civics education, it unfortunately does not prioritize history as well. On October 23, more >


Senate Appropriations Committee Considering FY 18 Funding Bills

While the new fiscal year (FY) begins on October 1, the outlook for FY 2018 funding remains murky. In early September, Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government running until December 8, 2017. Programs remain funded at the FY 17 level minus an across-the-board 0.68 percent reduction. The bill also temporarily extends more >


National Archives Begins Online Release of New JFK Assassination Records

On July 24, the National Archives released a group of documents (the first of several expected releases), along with 17 audio files, previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992.The materials released today are available online only.  Access to the original paper records will occur at a future date. Download the files more >


Congress Appoints Panel to Plan Nation’s 250th Anniversary Celebration

In July 2016, Congress passed legislation (Public Law 114-196) establishing the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission to begin planning for the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026. Nearly a year later, Congress has finally completed the task of naming the private sector members of the panel. To see the roster of the panel, click here.


House Appropriations Committee Completes Action on FY 18 Funding Bills

In rapid fire over the last two weeks, the House Appropriations Committee approved the four funding bills that include agencies and programs which most affect the historical community. Three agencies that were slated for elimination by the Trump administration (National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Sciences and the National Historical Publications more >


Federal Funding Opportunity for K-12 History and Civics Grants Announced

Federal Competitive Grant funding is now available for K-12 History and Civics Education professional development! The US Department of Education has published a Federal Register Notice announcing the grant competition for the National Activities grants we successfully advocated for in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Click here to read the Federal Register Notice.


Contact Congress Today to Save Federal History and Humanities Programs!

House Appropriations Committee subcommittees will be drafting their spending bills between now and the end of June. So it is critical for you to contact your Members of Congress today in support of federal history, archival and education programs that are vital to our community. Never before have federal humanities programs been under attack to this more >