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National Coalition for History

National Coalition for History The National Coalition for History is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit educational organization providing leadership in history-related advocacy, serving as the profession's national voice, and acting as a clearinghouse of news and information.

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Ask Congress to support additional COVID-19 assistance funding for NEH. https://bit.ly/3c8UYv0
05/05/2020
Ask Congress to Support Additional COVID-19 Assistance for NEH – National Coalition For History

Ask Congress to support additional COVID-19 assistance funding for NEH. https://bit.ly/3c8UYv0

Ask Congress to Support Additional COVID-19 Assistance for NEH May 5, 2020 Our colleagues at the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) have issued a legislative alert seeking additional funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in the next round of COVID-19 assistance legislation Cong...

This is from existing FY 20 funding. The additional $75 million NEH received under the CARES Act has not yet been releas...
04/07/2020

This is from existing FY 20 funding. The additional $75 million NEH received under the CARES Act has not yet been released.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today awarded $22.2 million in new grants to support 224 humanities projects across the country. New grants will fund the preservation of historic collections, humanities exhibitions and documentaries, scholarly research, and curriculum projects.

This funding cycle also includes the first grant awards made under NEH's new Short Documentaries grant program. Among these are a grant to fund a series of 30-minute films about historic rural churches in the South.

$75 million in supplemental funding that the NEH will receive as part of the $2.2 trillion #CARESAct will be distributed fully to grantees affected by the #coronavirus pandemic. This emergency funding will be awarded on a rolling basis and will be announced separately.

A full list of the 224 grants by geographic location is available here: https://www.neh.gov/news/neh-announces-222-million-224-humanities-projects-nationwide.

Links to the COVID-19 resources available from history and archival-related federal agencies. Includes a link to the Sma...
04/01/2020
Federal Agency COVID-19 Resources – National Coalition For History

Links to the COVID-19 resources available from history and archival-related federal agencies. Includes a link to the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 page detailing the financial loan programs. https://bit.ly/2JuUEKj

Federal Agency COVID-19 Resources April 1, 2020 Below are links to the COVID-19 resources available from history and archival-related federal agencies. It also includes a link to the Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 page detailing the financial loan programs they have available. Small Busi...

03/31/2020

NCH testimony urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to increase funding for @USNatArchives by 10%. https://bit.ly/3atjMNr

Contact House members in support of National Archives and NHPRC Funding in FY 21 today! http://bit.ly/39nybuc
03/02/2020
Ask Your House Member to Sign Letter in Support of Increased Funding for NARA and NHPRC – National Coalition For History

Contact House members in support of National Archives and NHPRC Funding in FY 21 today! http://bit.ly/39nybuc

Ask Your House Member to Sign Letter in Support of Increased Funding for NARA and NHPRC March 2, 2020March 2, 2020 The National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Don Young (R-AK), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to seek support for additional funding in the upcomin...

Trump Proposes Cuts and Elimination of Federal History and Humanities Programs in FY 21 Budget. http://historycoalition....
02/11/2020
Trump Proposes Cuts and Elimination of Federal History and Humanities Programs in FY 21 Budget – National Coalition For History

Trump Proposes Cuts and Elimination of Federal History and Humanities Programs in FY 21 Budget. http://historycoalition.org/2020/02/11/trump-proposes-cuts-and-elimination-of-federal-history-and-humanities-programs-in-fy-21-budget/

Trump Proposes Cuts and Elimination of Federal History and Humanities Programs in FY 21 Budget February 11, 2020February 11, 2020 On February 10, the White House released its detailed budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2021. As has become the norm since taking office, the president’s ...

White House Rebuffs Declassification, Disclosure Requirements
02/04/2020
White House Rebuffs Declassification, Disclosure Requirements

White House Rebuffs Declassification, Disclosure Requirements

Congress adopted numerous new disclosure and reporting requirements in the government spending bill that was signed into law last week. But the Trump White House said that many of them encroach on executive authority and that they may not be implemented as written. Several provisions of the FY202

NCH issues statement condemning the targeting of historical and cultural heritage sites as a tactical option in wartime ...
02/04/2020
NCH Condemns the Targeting of Historical and Cultural Sites in Times of Conflict – National Coalition For History

NCH issues statement condemning the targeting of historical and cultural heritage sites as a tactical option in wartime or peacetime. http://historycoalition.org/2020/02/04/nch-condemns-the-targeting-of-historical-and-cultural-sites-in-times-of-conflict/

NCH Condemns the Targeting of Historical and Cultural Sites in Times of Conflict February 4, 2020 The National Coalition for History (NCH) condemns the targeting of historical and cultural heritage sites as a tactical option in wartime or peacetime. NCH comprises historians, archivists, museum profe...

NCH today sent a letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero criticizing the use of a doctored photo of the ...
01/21/2020
NCH Criticizes National Archives for Altering Photo in Exhibit on Women’s Rights – National Coalition For History

NCH today sent a letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero criticizing the use of a doctored photo of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington in an exhibit at the National Archives on women’s rights. http://historycoalition.org/2020/01/21/nch-criticizes-national-archives-for-altering-photo-in-exhibit-on-womens-rights/

NCH Criticizes National Archives for Altering Photo in Exhibit on Women’s Rights January 21, 2020January 21, 2020 The National Coalition for History (NCH) has sent a letter to Archivist of the United States David Ferriero criticizing the use of a doctored photo of the 2017 Women’s March on Washi...

National Archives seeks Public Comment on Proposed Disposition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainee Rec...
06/21/2019
NARA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Disposition of ICE Detainee Records – National Coalition For History

National Archives seeks Public Comment on Proposed Disposition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detainee Records http://historycoalition.org/2019/06/21/nara-seeks-public-comment-on-proposed-disposition-of-ice-detainee-records/

NARA Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Disposition of ICE Detainee Records June 21, 2019 The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is in the final stages of a records scheduling process with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for schedule DAA-0567-2015-0013, Detainee Records...

https://www.obama.org/updates/obama-foundation-columbia-university-announce-obama-presidency-oral-history-project/
05/16/2019
The Obama Foundation and Columbia University Announce the Obama Presidency Oral History Project - Obama Foundation

https://www.obama.org/updates/obama-foundation-columbia-university-announce-obama-presidency-oral-history-project/

Hundreds will participate in a comprehensive record of the decisions, actions, and effects of the Obama presidency; partners University of Chicago and University of Hawaiʻi will collect oral histories from President and Mrs. Obama’s early lives NEW YORK — Columbia University and the Obama Found...

Trump’s FY20 Budget Proposes Cuts and Elimination of History & Humanities Programs–Again. NEH, IMLS, NHPRC on the choppi...
03/18/2019
Trump’s FY20 Budget Proposes Cuts and Elimination of History & Humanities Programs–Again – National Coalition For History

Trump’s FY20 Budget Proposes Cuts and Elimination of History & Humanities Programs–Again. NEH, IMLS, NHPRC on the chopping block! http://historycoalition.org/2019/03/18/trumps-fy20-budget-proposes-cuts-and-elimination-of-history-humanities-programs-again/

Trump’s FY20 Budget Proposes Cuts and Elimination of History & Humanities Programs–Again March 18, 2019March 18, 2019 On March 18, the White House released its detailed budget request to Congress for fiscal year (FY) 2020. As has become the norm since taking office, the president’s budget prop...

http://historycoalition.org/2018/10/27/controversy-over-proposed-destruction-of-interior-department-records-explained/
10/27/2018
Controversy over Proposed “Destruction” of Interior Department Records Explained – National Coalition For History

http://historycoalition.org/2018/10/27/controversy-over-proposed-destruction-of-interior-department-records-explained/

Controversy over Proposed “Destruction” of Interior Department Records Explained October 27, 2018 In recent days, misinformation has gone viral on the internet that the Department of Interior is proposing to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) the destruction of valuable hist...

Check out the latest update to our member event page
09/10/2018
Member Events – National Coalition For History

Check out the latest update to our member event page

American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, September 26-29, 2018 The theme for the 2018 Annual Meeting is “Truth or Consequences.” For more information, please click here. _____________________________________________________________________________________...

NCH Urges Congress to Investigate Immigration Records Mismanagement http://historycoalition.org/2018/08/07/nch-urges-con...
08/07/2018
NCH Urges Congress to Investigate Immigration Records Mismanagement – National Coalition For History

NCH Urges Congress to Investigate Immigration Records Mismanagement http://historycoalition.org/2018/08/07/nch-urges-congress-to-investigate-immigration-records-mismanagement/

NCH Urges Congress to Investigate Immigration Records Mismanagement August 7, 2018 The National Coalition for History has called on Congress to investigate claims that federal agencies with jurisdiction over enforcing immigration policy have grossly mismanaged their recordkeeping responsibilities du...

05/18/2018

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) seeks member nominations for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Advisory Committee (Committee).

We want to congratulate our member organization, the Civil War Trust, on two fronts. On Friday, the Department of the In...
05/08/2018
National Historic Preservation Group Forms American Battlefield Trust

We want to congratulate our member organization, the Civil War Trust, on two fronts. On Friday, the Department of the Interior officially named them the nonprofit partner for the commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States in 2026. Today, they announced the creation of their new umbrella organization, the American Battlefield Trust!

The Civil War Trust, a national nonprofit preservation group recognized for its success in saving battlefield land, has formed the American Battlefield Trust – a new umbrella entity dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and wh...

Wondering what NCH has been working on lately? Here's a quick guide to our major goals and accomplishments:
04/16/2018

Wondering what NCH has been working on lately? Here's a quick guide to our major goals and accomplishments:

Good news: Congress finally passed a FY18 spending bill, and it maintains or increases funding for all key history-relat...
03/23/2018
Congress Finally Passes FY 2018 Federal Budget – National Coalition For History

Good news: Congress finally passed a FY18 spending bill, and it maintains or increases funding for all key history-related programs:

Congress Finally Passes FY 2018 Federal Budget March 23, 2018March 23, 2018 Note: As we post this, President Trump has threatened to veto the bill. This article will be updated if the legislation is not signed into law. On March 23, Congress approved a $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill th....

Have you contacted your representative about joining the Congressional History Caucus? As the budget process continues, ...
02/20/2018
Congressional History Caucus – National Coalition For History

Have you contacted your representative about joining the Congressional History Caucus? As the budget process continues, it is crucial that we have allies on Capitol Hill: http://historycoalition.org/congressional-history-caucus/

Over the past four years, the National Coalition for History (NCH) has worked with the offices of Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Tom Cole (R-OK), and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) to create a Congressional History Caucus. The three co-chairs have circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter to their fellow repr...

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In the wake of the #Watergate Scandal, the Presidential Records Act of 1978 changed the legal ownership of the official records of the President from private to public and established a new statutory structure under which Presidents must manage the records of their Administrations.. Lee White of the National Coalition for History talked about the Act and former President Trump’s handling of White House records: https://www.c-span.org/classroom/document/?18762. #GovChat #APGov #SSChat
Good afternoon from Naval History and Heritage Command! We are reaching out to you because we recently launched our annual Navy History and Heritage Awards (NHHA) Program and thought your organization might be interested. These awards were created to recognize public, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations who incorporate the history and heritage of the U.S. Navy into their publications, documents, and artifacts at their facilities. Winners will receive a plaque, pennant, and certificate of award. NHHC Navy Museums Division will be hosting a Zoom information session about the awards program on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST. The information session will take place at the following link: https://usnwc.zoom.us/j/94225213512?pwd=endaMUNweDZCY09hZlkrSys2dkRCUT09 Meeting ID: 942 2521 3512 Passcode: 714150 Applications are due June 1, 2021. Award winners will be announced on August 2, 2021. For detailed information about the awards categories, frequently asked questions, and to download applications, check out our website: https://www.history.navy.mil/get-involved/nhhc-awards-program.html For any additional questions, please contact [email protected]. Thank you, and we hope to hear from you!
This #PreservationMonth, we are highlighting PEC projects that have protected historic places around Virginia’s Piedmont. Wilderness Battlefield was the site of the first major battle of the Union offensive toward the Confederate capitol, Richmond, known as the Overland Campaign, in 1864. One of the bloodiest and chaotic Civil War battles in Virginia, the engagement ended in tactical draw, with especially heavy casualties on the Union side, but marked the beginning of Union dominance that brought the Civil War to an end one year later. In 2008, Walmart proposed to build a Supercenter near the intersection of Routes 3 and 20, right at the edge of the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Virginia and adjacent to the Wilderness Tract of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park. The 52-acre proposed Walmart site was critical to telling the story and the sprawling commercial development would dramatically impact the experience of visitors to the national battlefield park. PEC was one of the first groups to call attention to this alarming proposal and joined forces with other preservation organizations to form the Wilderness Coalition. Over 250 historians urged that the store move to an alternate site and the site made multiple “Most Endangered” lists. Still, Orange County approved the special use permit for the store in August 2009. Preservationists went on to challenge this decision in court. A strong case was built that Orange County had acted improperly -- among other ways, by disregarding evidence of the site's historic significance and by holding a Planning Commission vote at an illegal, unpublicized meeting. But on the day the trial was to begin, January 26, 2011, the judge read the following statement from Walmart: “We have decided to preserve the property near the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, Virginia, that was approved by the Board of Supervisors for a new store. We will still buy the land, but not develop it. We appreciate Orange County's business-friendly nature, and we are committed to building a store in the county to serve customers in this area. We look forward to beginning talks within the next 30 days about a new site along the Route 3 corridor.” Walmart ultimately donated the property to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources in 2011 and selected another site further north along Route 3, further from the battlefield. Preservation Virginia American Battlefield Trust Friends of Fredericksburg Area Battlefields Friends of Wilderness Battlefield National Coalition for History Central Virginia Battlefields Trust National Park Service National Parks Conservation Association National Trust for Historic Preservation
Kindly Help the People of the Philippines to Recover the PHILIPPINE Literature and the History of Dr. Jose Rizal which Republic of CHINA's FUJIAN Province Dynasty of CCP has STOLEN from the REPUBLIC of the PHILIPPINES. Reference :: https://twitter.com/abscbnnews/status/1064438126997880832 Fujian Citizens of China Smuggled and Stolen the Literature of Dr. Jose Rizal regarding the "Patrimony of God to our Lost Eden, Philippines" = Mi Ultimo Adios Paragraph 1 (Line 2) & (Line 5 of both Paragraphs 8 & 13 of the Last Farewell: God Bless us and We Thank you in Advance.
Please help! History should not have a price tag! 24$ to visit 9/11 Memorial in NYC. How is an inner city child, such as I was, ever going to afford such nonsense. I have been that child turned away because a history museum was too expensive. Please help, lets make a trust for children so they are never turned away. History, in my belief, should never have a monetary value (IE: W.H. Hunley). I do not know how to organize such an entity, but I would dedicate the rest of my life to preserve and protect the ethical ideals that history offer all, equally. To pursue opportunity for children to see, feel and stand in some of our most historical locations in our Nations history, never having to pay exorbitant, profiteering fees due to corporate greed. With deepest regards
In January 2018 nearly all of the National Park System Advisory Board, the citizen panel that advises on National Park Service issues, resigned in frustration after Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke ignored repeated requests to hold meetings. The American Historical Association has endorsed a recent letter from the National Coalition for History to Secretary Zinke objecting to his refusal to engage with the board and calling for its reconstitution and the resumption of regular meetings. Visit the NCH's website for the full story. National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior
America’s first fireworks display: On July 4, 1783, Congress asked Thaddeus Kosciuszko, the architect of Fortress West Point, to stage an “illumination” to celebrate the end of the hostilities of the American Revolution. Kosciuszko was a master engineer and an expert of pyrotechnics. Happy Birthday America
#museumsadvocacy We need every U.S. institution to sign this Fieldwide Letter to Congress and Save #Museum Funding! Please urge your science center/museum to add its support at the link below in the next 10 days. ASTC is proud to join this nationwide effort with the American Alliance of Museums, Association of Children's Museums, The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, American Public Gardens Association, American Association for State and Local History, Association of Art Museum Directors, National Coalition for History, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and all their collective institutional members. #museumsadvocacy2017
Congress passes FY 17 budget. See National Coalition for History breakdown of funding for federal history, archival and preservation programs http://historycoalition.org/2017/05/04/congress-finally-passes-fy-2017-federal-budget/
As a member of National Coalition for History (NCH) and National Humanities Alliance, NCPH will be paying close attention to the information both groups release in response to the proposed budget cuts. See more details on what the cuts include from the NCH at http://historycoalition.org/2017/03/16/trump-fy-18-budget-proposes-devastating-cuts-to-federal-history-humanties-funding/ and read NCPH announcement at http://ncph.org/news/proposed-cuts-to-humanities-funding/