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. more >
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 more >
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 more >
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 more >
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.
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sentenced Jason Savedoff to twelve months and one day in prison, plus two years’ probation, for conspiracy and theft of historical documents from cultural institutions in four states, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library in Hyde Park, New York.
Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero has approved 46 proposals totaling $2,605,494 in Federal awards for projects in 35 states and the District of Columbia. This grants program is carried out through the National Archives National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). A complete list of the approved grants is available online.
The National Archives and Records Administration and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library have released an additional seven boxes of material (more than 2,700 pages) from the Robert F. Kennedy Papers, housed at the Kennedy Library in Boston, including documents relating primarily to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications for its Museums for America (MFA) and National Leadership Grants for Museums (NLG-M) programs. The two grant programs together are the largest source of federal funding specifically for museums in the United States. The application deadline is January 15, 2013.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $17.5 million in grants for 246 humanities projects that span academic disciplines. This award cycle, institutions and independent scholars in 41 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico will receive NEH support. Complete state-by-state listings of grants are available here (52-page PDF).