On February 15, President Trump signed into law a $333 million omnibus appropriations bill (H.J. RES. 31) that will fund the federal government for the remaining seven-and-a-half months of fiscal year 2019 (FY19). Here is a chart showing how programs of interest to our community fared which includes the budget for FY19 and compares it with FY18 more >
In January, President Trump signed into law the “Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-426). It authorizes the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to create a collection of unsolved civil rights case files. In addition, the law establishes a Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board to determine which records more >
The federal commission created to coordinate the nationwide commemoration of the arrival of the first Africans to the English colonies in North America recently met for the first time at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $14.8 million in grants to support 253 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. An additional $47.5 million was awarded to fund 55 state humanities council partners.
The National Park Service recently announced $48.5 million in supplemental assistance grants to help historic resources recover in areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. Communities in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive assistance for historic preservation projects related to hurricane recovery efforts. more >
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for $5 million in grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country that are listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places through the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP).
The National Park Service recently announced the awarding of over $1.5 million in grants from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to preserve Civil War battlefields in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia.
The National Coalition for History recently sent a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) questioning the handling of records from the Department of the Interior. NCH joined with 12 other open government and transparency groups in the letter. Click here to see the letter.
In recent days, misinformation has gone viral on the internet that the Department of Interior is proposing to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) the destruction of valuable historical records having to do with the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife, energy management and other important issues under the department’s jurisdiction. Conversations with senior officials at the more >
Congress approved five of twelve appropriations bills by the time the 2019 fiscal year began on October 1. While that might not seem like a major accomplishment, it had not been accomplished in 22 years. These bills include funding for the Department of Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Library of Congress.