IMLS Award $16.2 Million in Grants to Support Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced 60 grants totaling $16,288,536 to support libraries across the country. The awards were made through the FY 2019 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The awarded grants search on the IMLS website contains a complete list of grantees and project descriptions.


NEH Recognizes Middle and High School History Scholars

Thirty-three students took home top prizes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at National History Day, a nationwide contest for middle and high school students. These students were recognized as “National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars” for earning first place in a range of categories. More than 3,000 students from around the country made it more >


National Park Service Awards Grants Targeted at Underrepresented Communities

The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced $500,000 in grants to support 13 projects, which will help identify and nominate state, tribal, and local sites for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The NPS’ Underrepresented Community Grant Program helps fund projects such as surveys and inventories of historic properties, and assists communities currently underrepresented in more >


Truman Presidential Library Begins Major Renovation

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is launching a significant renovation of its facilities and programs. This is the Truman Library’s first major renovation in more than 20 years and the largest since the museum opened its doors in 1957. This $25-million project is planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the start of more >


National Park Service Awards Grants to Preserve Civil War Battlefields

The National Park Service recently announced $499,705.96 in grants from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help protect 131.49 acres of America’s battlefields threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development. These grants will be used to acquire a portion of the Fort Blakeley Battlefield in Alabama, Champion Hill Battlefield in Mississippi, more >


OMB/NARA Issue New Mandate on the Use of Electronic Records

In July, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and NARA jointly issued a new memorandum providing guidance on managing Federal records. In a major policy change, the memo mandates that all Federal agencies must transfer permanent records to NARA in electronic formats after December 31, 2022. In other words, NARA will no longer accept more >


House Oversight Committee Clears Bill to Reauthorize the NHPRC

On June 12, the House Oversight and Reform Committee marked up HR 2978, the “National Historical Publications and Records Commission Reauthorization Act.” The bill would reauthorize the NHPRC at a level of $15 million from fiscal year 2020 to 2025. This is a major accomplishment since NCH has been working for ten years to get more >


House Appropriations Committee Approves FY 20 Funding for Key History Programs

On May 8, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Labor, HHS and Education appropriations bill. It includes good news for programs and agencies of importance to the historical community. The Committee rejected efforts by the Trump administration to eliminate three programs. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would see more >


Oppose Budget Cuts to the National Archives and Elimination of the NHPRC!

The House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee may take up the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations bill funding the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) as soon as the week of May 6. The Trump administration has proposed major cuts to the National Archives and more >