Contact Congress on FY ’13 NEH and Title VI/Fulbright-Hays Funding

The National Coalition for History urges you to contact your Representative and ask him or her to support robust funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Title VI/ Fulbright-Hays International Education and Foreign Language programs in the fiscal year 2013 appropriations bills that have begun to work their way through Congress. NOTE: more >

Foreign Relations of the United States Series Now Available on E-Book

The Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State has announced the release of its Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series in a new e-book format that is readable on popular electronic devices such as the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad.

National Park Service Awards State and Tribal Historic Preservation Grants

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced $46.9 million in historic preservation grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and three independent Pacific island nations. The Secretary also announced $8.4 million in grants to 131 American Indian tribes to support Tribal Historic Preservation Offices under the National Historic Preservation more >

House Panel Passes Two K-12 Education Reform Bills

On February 28, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce approved two pieces of legislation to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The “Student Success Act” (H.R. 3989) and the “Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act” (H.R. 3990) were both approved by a party line vote of 23 Republicans to 16 Democrats.

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Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program Application Period Open

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program for 2012, is accepting applications until April 23, 2012. This program “provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor.”

NARA Seeks Input on “Managing Government Records” Presidential Directive

The National Archives and Records Administration recently announced the start of a public information gathering effort related to the Presidential Memorandum on Managing Government Records. The Memorandum was issued on November 28, 2011 and directs agencies to develop a 21st-century framework for records management.

NHPRC Announces $2.5 Million in Grant Awards

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero recently awarded 40 grants totaling $2.5 million for historical records projects in 27 states and the District of Columbia. The National Archives grants program is carried out through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). Releases Updated Report on State of History Education recently announced that an addendum to the 2010 Report on the State of History Education is now available. This supplement tracks policy changes regarding the teaching of U.S. history between August 2008 and September 2010 in all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

President Obama Awards 2011 National Humanities Medals

On February 13, 2012, President Barack Obama presented the 2011 National Humanities Medals to nine Americans for their outstanding achievements in history, literature, education, philosophy, and musicology. Notable among the awardees was National History Day. Executive Director Dr. Cathy Gorn accepted the medal on behalf of the organization.