Speak Out in Opposition To Gettysburg Casino Proposal!

On August 31, the Pennsylvania Gaming Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to license a casino located one-half mile from the Gettysburg National Military Park. The Civil War Preservation Trust is asking historians and other concerned citizens to contact the Gaming Board (click here) in advance of the hearing to express their opposition to this misguided use of land so close to the hallowed ground of Gettysburg.

History Organizations Fight to Save Teaching American History Grants

In July, the National Coalition for History (NCH), and ten other NCH members joined forces with over 20 educational organizations representing other K-12 academic disciplines in issuing a statement to Congress and the Administration calling for the continued robust funding of core academic subjects including history. This includes maintenance of discrete budget lines—such as the Teaching American History grants—for each discipline.

Department of Education Accepting Javits Fellowship Applications

The Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program provides fellowships to students to undertake study at the doctoral and master of fine arts level in selected fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences. The U.S. Department of Education has announced it is accepting applications for its fiscal year 2011 awards. The deadline for applications is September 30, 2010. Visit the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program page for an application and more information.

NEH Awards Initial Grants in its Bridging Cultures Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced the first in a series of Bridging Cultures grants, awarding a total of $1.7 million that will enable humanities experts to launch public discussions addressing two pressing concerns: the role of civility in democracy and the understanding of Muslim contributions to world cultures.

Fiscal Year 2011 Federal Funding Comes Into Focus

Before Congress left for its annual August recess, action on the long-stalled fiscal year 2011 budget bills began apace. A number of bills of interest to the historical and archival communities saw action in the final week before the recess.

NHPRC Reauthorization Bill Markup Postponed Indefinitely

On July 30, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s scheduled mark up of legislation (H.R. 5616), to reauthorize the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) at a $20 million level from fiscal year 2011 to fiscal year 2015, was postponed indefinitely.