National Archives and Obama Foundation Announce Plans for a Digital Presidential Library

The National Archives and the Obama Foundation have announced a new plan to make President Obama’s presidential library all digital. “In this new model, NARA will administer neither a museum nor a traditional “Presidential Library,” and will instead focus its resources and personnel on preserving and making accessible the Presidential records of the 44th President more >


2016 FY Federal Funding Update

The fiscal year 2016 appropriations process in Congress has broken down despite a burst of momentum over the past six weeks. For the first time in six years, both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees completed action on the twelve funding bills before the August recess. In fact, the House was able to pass six more >


Senate Passes K-12 Education Bill Including History Initiatives

On July 16, the U.S. Senate approved S. 1177, the “Every Child Achieves Act,” with strong bipartisan support. The vote in favor of the bill was 81-17. The bill reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and would replace the much-maligned “No Child Left Behind Act.” The legislation reduces the role of the federal more >


NEH Community College Grants Announced

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently launched a new series of grants for two-year college institutions. Under the umbrella “Humanities Initiatives,” these NEH Community College grants are “intended to strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature” and “enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, more >


NEH “Dialogues on the Experience of War” Grant Program Announced

A new grant program aimed at bringing a “humanities perspective and context to the experience of war” is being offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The “Dialogues on the Experience of War” grant program plans to “expand and deepen the understanding of military service [through] humanities text and community discussions.” It falls more >


The Smithsonian Welcomes New Secretary

Dr. David J. Skorton became the Smithsonian Institutions 13th Secretary in its 169-year history on July 1, 2015. Previously, Skorton served as president at Cornell University and Iowa University. His background and training is in cardiology, which he taught for twenty-six years. He is the first medical doctor to lead the Smithsonian. In assuming his more >


Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records Grant Announced

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently announced a grant program to encourage public access to historical records titled, “Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records.” The new grant aims to generate online tools to better engage digitized records and provide training for digital literary skills needed to access those records. Possible projects might more >


Former-Archivist of the United States Weinstein, Passes

Former Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein passed away on June 18, 2015. Dr. Weinstein was sworn into office in February 2005 and retired in December 2008 due to ill health. Highlights of his tenure include the establishment of the National Declassification Initiative and the addition of the Richard M. Nixon library in the more >


Librarian of Congress to Retire

James H. Billington, the 13th Librarian of Congress, will retire on January 1, 2016. The former history professor and Rhodes Scholar was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 to oversee the largest library in the world. Billington is credited with expanding the Library’s public outreach, including a lead role in the creation of Thomas.gov more >


Congressional History Caucus Recruitment Effort Underway

Over the past two years, NCH worked with the offices of Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Tom Cole (R-OK), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to create and promote a caucus related to history. The purpose of the caucus is to provide a forum for members of Congress to share their interest in history and more >