About the Coalition

The National Coalition for History (NCH) is a consortium of over 50 organizations that advocates on federal, state and local legislative and regulatory issues. The coalition is made up of a diverse number of groups representing historians, archivists, researchers, teachers, students, documentary editors, preservationists, genealogists, political scientists, museum professionals and other stakeholders.

Since 1982, the NCH (formerly the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History) has served as the voice for the historical community in Washington. The NCH seeks to encourage the study and appreciation of history by serving as a clearinghouse of information about the profession and as a facilitator on behalf of the interests of our diverse constituency.

The NCH is a non-profit organization organized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. NCH is solely supported by contributions from its member organizations and the general public.

Executive Director

Lee White has served as the executive director of the National Coalition for History since 2006. He has over 30 years of experience in government relations with trade associations and professional societies, as well as several years with two federal government agencies as a legislative counsel.  White received his BA in political science from Northeastern University, and his JD from The Catholic University of America. He also holds an MA in history from George Mason University.