Smithsonian Breaks Ground on African American History Museum

On February 22, the Smithsonian Institution broke ground for its 19th museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in a ceremony on the National Mall. The event took place on the museum’s five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.

Report Calls for Greater Emphasis on Civic Learning in Higher Education

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NEH Names Wendell E. Berry to Deliver 2012 Jefferson Lecture

Wendell E. Berry, noted poet, essayist, novelist, farmer, and conservationist, will deliver the 2012 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The annual lecture, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is the most prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

NEH Announces “Digging Into Data” Challenge Grant Awardees

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and seven global partners recently awarded approximately $4.8 million to international research teams investigating how computational techniques may be applied to “big data” —the massive multi-source datasets made possible by modern technology.

National Declassification Center Issues Progress Report

The National Archives National Declassification Center (NDC) has issued its fourth biannual Report on Operations of the National Declassification Center, covering the period of July 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011. The report is online at:

National Park Service to Correct ‘Drum Major Quote’ on the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial

Following a meeting with members of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family regarding the recently-dedicated Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis announced a plan to correct the so-called “Drum Major” quote on the Memorial to more accurately reflect the meaning more >

Library of Congress Offers Congressional Record As iPad App

The Library of Congress recently announced it has made the Congressional Record available as an app to users of iPad tablet devices. The app can be found at