House Passes FY 20 Funding Bills That Include Increases for History-Related Programs

The House of Representatives has nearly finished passing FY 20 appropriations bills that reject the president’s budget request across-the-board. The House has passed ten of the twelve FY 20 appropriations bills. As a result we have the final House numbers for all agencies and programs that affect history, archives, humanities and education.

NPS Report Shows National Parks Generated $40 Billion Benefit to US Economy in 2018

The National Park Service (NPS) has issued a report showing that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs. According to the report, 2018 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, more than 318 million visitors spent $20.2 billion in communities within more >

IMLS Reports Shows Over One Billion Public Library Visits in 2016

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently released its FY 2016 Public Libraries Survey report which provides an annual snapshot of public library use, financial health, staffing, and resources. The report showed Americans visited public libraries more than a billion times in FY16.

IMLS Awards $4.9 Million in Museum Grants

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announced the awarding of grants totaling $4.875 million in funding under three museum programs administered by the agency.

Senate Confirms Chairman of Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

On June 27, 2019, the US Senate confirmed Aimee Jorjani as chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Ms. Jorjani is the first full-time chairman of the agency, which, among other duties, advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. Ms. Jorjani will succeed Chairman Milford Wayne Donaldson.

IMLS Award $16.2 Million in Grants to Support Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced 60 grants totaling $16,288,536 to support libraries across the country. The awards were made through the FY 2019 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. The awarded grants search on the IMLS website contains a complete list of grantees and project descriptions.

NEH Recognizes Middle and High School History Scholars

Thirty-three students took home top prizes sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) at National History Day, a nationwide contest for middle and high school students. These students were recognized as “National Endowment for the Humanities Scholars” for earning first place in a range of categories. More than 3,000 students from around the country made it more >

National Park Service Awards Grants Targeted at Underrepresented Communities

The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced $500,000 in grants to support 13 projects, which will help identify and nominate state, tribal, and local sites for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The NPS’ Underrepresented Community Grant Program helps fund projects such as surveys and inventories of historic properties, and assists communities currently underrepresented in more >

Truman Presidential Library Begins Major Renovation

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is launching a significant renovation of its facilities and programs. This is the Truman Library’s first major renovation in more than 20 years and the largest since the museum opened its doors in 1957. This $25-million project is planned to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the start of more >

National Park Service Awards Grants to Preserve Civil War Battlefields

The National Park Service recently announced $499,705.96 in grants from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help protect 131.49 acres of America’s battlefields threatened with damage or destruction by urban and suburban development. These grants will be used to acquire a portion of the Fort Blakeley Battlefield in Alabama, Champion Hill Battlefield in Mississippi, more >