National Coalition for History Washington Update

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:30pm
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Trump's FY 20 Budget Proposes Major Cuts in History and Humanities Programs--Again

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 proposes devastating cuts to federal humanities and history funding. These include elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, history and preservation programs at the National Park Service and key federal K-12 history and higher education programs. To see a chart detailing proposed cuts for agencies and programs affecting our interests, click here. Read more>>


National Archives Announces Changes to Public Comment Process on Records Schedules

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently announced major changes to the process the public uses to comment on Federal agency records schedules. Previously, those who wished to review and comment on the schedules had to request copies of the actual documents, submit comments, and receive responses via mail or email. Now the public will be able to access the accompanying documents and comment online using the Federal eRulemaking Portal, https://www.regulations.gov. Read more>>


National Archives and Obama Foundation Clarify "Virtual Presidential Library" Model

A recent article in the New York Times highlighting the new "virtual model" for the Barack Obama Presidential Library triggered a host of new questions concerning the accessibility, preservation and storage of presidential records by the National Archives. In response, the National Archives and the Obama Foundation have posted more detailed information on their webpages to address issues raised in the article. Read more>>


 
 

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News Roundup

National Park Service Seeks Comments on National Register of Historic Places Regulations
The National Park Service is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to federal regulations governing the listing of properties in the National Register of Historic Places. The deadline to comment is April 30, 2019. Read more>>

IMLS Seeking Applicants for Native Americans and Native Hawaiian Library Grants
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for projects that support libraries and archives serving Native Americans and Native Hawaiians, The application deadlines for all three programs is May 1, 2019.

Over 300 Million Visits in National Parks in 2018
The National Park Service recently announced visitation to America’s national parks in 2018 exceeded 300 million recreation visits for the fourth consecutive year. The 318.2 million recreation visits total is the third highest since record keeping began in 1904. . Read more >>

American Battlefield Trust Preserves 18 Acres at Gettysburg
The American Battlefield Trust and the United Lutheran Seminary recently announced the permanent protection of 18 cacres on Seminary Ridge at Gettysburg. The $3.5 million transaction encompasses property of military significance that has remained largely unchanged since the 1863 Battle of Gettysburg. To date, the Trust has helped protect 1,040 acres at Gettysburg, Read more>>

National Park Service Marks Major Infrastructure Repairs in National Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) estimates that during Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, over $671 million in needed repair work was completed at national parks across the country, one of the the largest amounts of deferred maintenance needs retired in a single year. This leaves, at the end of FY18, more than $11.9 billion in backlogged maintenance and repair needs for the more than 5,500 miles of paved roads, 17,000 miles of trails and 24,000 buildings that service visitors to America’s 418 national parks. Read more>>

Library of Congress Announces $1.5 Million to Enhance Teaching with Primary Sources
The Library of Congress recently announced the availability of $1.5 million to support the development of curriculum, apps or online interactives and instructional materials, all focusing on the effective use of digitized primary sources in K-12 classrooms. The application deadline is April 22, 2019. Read more>>

IMLS Announces Finalists for National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced 30 finalists for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for community service. Read more>>

 

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