Urge Congress to Support NEH and the Humanities During COVID-19 Crisis

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, have submitted a letter to both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees outlining the many challenges that humanities institutions and educators are facing due to the COVID-19 crisis. The letter asks them to include supplemental funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities more >


Ask Your House Member to Sign Letter in Support of Increased Funding for NARA and NHPRC

The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Don Young (R-AK), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to seek support for additional funding in the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2021 budget for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). They have circulated a “Dear Colleague” more >


Trump Proposes Cuts and Elimination of Federal History and Humanities Programs in FY 21 Budget

On February 10, the White House released its detailed budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2021. As has become the norm since taking office, the president’s budget proposes devastating cuts to federal humanities and history funding. These include elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Historical more >


US Semiquincentennial Commission Issues Report to President on Planning for US 250th Anniversary in 2026

The US Semiquincentennial Commission has issued its long-awaited report to President Trump proposing a blueprint for the nation’s celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026. Below is an update on the commission’s activities prepared by the American Association for State and Local History. AASLH has organized a coordinating committee to facilitate communication and more >


NCH Sends Letter to OMB Opposing Closure of NARA’s Seattle Records Facility

The National Coalition for History (NCH) today sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) opposing the sale of the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) records facility in Seattle, Washington. NCH urged OMB to reopen the review process since no opportunity was provided for public comment before the decision to sell more >


NCH Criticizes National Archives for Altering Photo in Exhibit on Women’s Rights

The National Coalition for History (NCH) has sent a letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero criticizing the use of an altered photo of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington in the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) exhibition, “Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote.” As first reported in the Washington Post, more >


Congress Poised to Complete Action on FY 20 Federal Budget

On December 17, the House of Representatives passed two bills (HR 1865 and HR 1158) which fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2020 (FY20). The Senate is expected to consider the bills on December 18 and President Trump is expected to sign them into law before federal funding authority expires on more >


National Archives Seeks Input on Digital Preservation Framework

The National Archives and Records Administration is seeking public comment and discussion on its digital preservation framework, which consists of the agency’s approach to determining risks faced by electronic files, and plans for preserving different types of file formats. The deadline for submitting comments is November 1, 2019, on GitHub. In June, the Office of Management more >


Senate Appropriations Committee FY 20 Funding Bill for the National Archives Would Eliminate NHPRC

On September 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the Fiscal Year 2020 Financial Services and General Government (FS&GG) bill that provides funding for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). The bill includes more funding for NARA than the bill that passed the House in more >