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The Senate Financial Services & General Government Subcommittee today passed a FY 14 funding bill that provides $5 million for the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC). NCH had asked for level funding of $4.75 million. However the subcommittee went beyond that amount for FY 14 and restored the $250,000 cut under the sequester in FY 13. Read the full article »
The House Appropriations Committee’s Interior and Environment
Subcommittee adopted a bill today that slashes the National Endowment for the Humanities’ FY 14 funding by 49 percent ($71 million) from the current year’s level of $146 million. Click here to send
a message urging your Representative to oppose these devastating cuts.
The House today passed an Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization bill (aka, No Child Left Behind). H.R. 5 eliminates 70 existing federal education programs including the Teaching American History (TAH) grants program at the Education Department. Read the full article »
On July 17, the House Appropriations Committee cleared a Financial Services and General Government (FS&GG) fiscal year (FY) 2014 spending bill that provides only $3 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This represents a $1.75 million cut from the current year’s funding level of $4.75 million. Read the full article »
On July 23, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government (FS&GG) will mark up a fiscal year (FY) 2014 spending bill that provides funding for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). It is vitally important that you contact the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee TODAY and ask them to provide the NHPRC with $4.75 million (level funding) for FY ’14. Read the full article »
The Humanities Commission report to Congress issued today urges increased support for education in humanities and social sciences. The report warned that failure to support liberal arts education will
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The House Education and the Workforce Committee today passed a K-12 Elementary Education reform bill (HR 5) by a party line vote of 23-16. Among other things, the legislation eliminates
authorization for 70 programs including Teaching American History Grants. Read the full article »
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Archives is seeking public stakeholders input on its draft FY 2014-19 Strategic Plan by June 28. To read the plan and learn where to submit comments go to: http://www.archives.gov/about/plans-reports/strategic-plan/ Read the full article »
The National Archives recently launched the Founders Online website [http://founders.archives.gov/]. This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic. Read the full article »
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The National Park Service recently awarded more than $3.3 million in grants to help preserve more than 200 acres of land at five of America’s Civil War battlefields. The grant projects are at the Ball’s Bluff (Va.), Brandy Station (Va.), Chickamauga (Ga.), First Deep Bottom
(Va.) and Second Manassas (Va.) battlefields. Read the full article »
The National Park Service recently awarded $21.6 million in historic preservation grants to help states and territories preserve and protect historic sites. Also, more $3.7 million was distributed to Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to help American Indian tribes in carrying out national historic preservation program responsibilities on tribal lands. Read the full article »
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Strategies to strengthen the work of the National Park Service as it prepares for its centennial in 2016 are included in a report released today by the National Park System Advisory Board (NPSAB). The report, Engaging Independent Perspectives for a 21st-Century National Park System, summarizes the board’s recommendations to National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis for the future in four areas: stewardship, education, relevancy and the National Park Service workforce. Read the full article »
Effective Friday, March 15, 2013, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will reduce public hours at two locations in the Washington, DC, area as part of actions it is taking due to sequestration. These reductions will affect exhibit spaces and research rooms at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, and research rooms at the National Archives at College Park, Maryland. Read the full article »
On December 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected the CIA’s attempt to shortcut the National Security Archive’s lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the last still-secret history of the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. In August, the National Coalition for History (NCH) joined twelve other history and archival organizations, in requesting the Federal court to review the lower court’s decision. Read the full article »
On December 6, the Public Interest Declassification Board submitted its recommendations to the President on Transforming the Security Classification System. The Board created the report in response to the President’s request in Executive Order 13526, for assistance in identifying potential solutions for classification and declassification challenges in the digital age and producing a vision for a new system. Read the full article »
On November 6, voters retained the current balance of power in Washington. Republicans retained control of the House (234-201), albeit with the loss of a handful of seats, and of course President Obama was re-elected. Democrats retained control of the Senate and saw their margin increased by two seats, to 55-45. Read the full article »
On November 9, U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake sentenced Jason Savedoff to twelve months and one day in prison, plus two years’ probation, for conspiracy and theft of historical documents from cultural institutions in four states, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York. Read the full article »