National Coalition for History Washington Update (2/15/19)

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 10:45pm
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Washington Update

Congress Finally Passes FY 19 Federal Budget

On February 15, President Trump signed into law a $333 million omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the remaining seven and a half months of fiscal year 2019 (FY19). Across the board, history, archival and education programs were either level funded or received small increases. Here is a chart showing how programs of interest to our community fared which includes the budget for FY19 and compares it with FY18 and President Trump’s original budget request. Read more >>


Congress Enacts Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act

In January, President Trump signed into law the “Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018" (Public Law 115-426). It authorizes the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to create a collection of unsolved civil rights case files. In addition, the law establishes a Civil Rights Cold Case Review Board to determine which records can be released to the public. Read more>


400 Years of African-American History Commission Holds Inaugural Meeting

The federal commission created to coordinate the nationwide commemoration of the arrival in 1619 of the first Africans to the English colonies in North America recently met for the first time at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Read more>>

 

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News Roundup

National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Grant Awards
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $14.8 million in grants to support 253 humanities projects in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. An additional $47.5 million was awarded to fund 55 state humanities council partners. Read more>>

National Park Service Seeking Applicants for Rural Communities Preservation Grants
The National Park Service is now accepting applications for $5 million in grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country that are listed in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places through the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP). Read more>>

National Park Service Awards Grants to Preserve Civil War Battlefields
The National Park Service recently announced the awarding of over $1.5 million in grants from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to preserve Civil War battlefields in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia. Read more >>

National Park Service Awards Hurricane Disaster Recovery Grants
The National Park Service recently announced $48.5 million in supplemental assistance grants to help historic resources recover in areas impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017. Communities in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will receive assistance for historic preservation projects related to hurricane recovery efforts. Read more >>

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