National Coalition for History Washington Update (July 2, 2019)

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House Approves 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 across-the-board the president’s draconian budget requests. The House has passed ten of twelve FY 20 appropriations bills. As a result, we have the final House numbers for agencies and programs that affect history, archives, humanities and education. A chart showing the House numbers in comparison to the Trump request and FY 19 funding levels can be accessed by clicking this link. Read more>>

NARA Seeks Public Comment on ICE Detainee Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is in the final stages of a records scheduling process with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) concerning Detainee Records. The schedule, which covers records related to deaths and allegations of sexual assault and abuse of detainees, received a record number of public comments when initially released in 2017. NARA has published a Notice in the Federal Register and consolidated reply to comments on public was provided an additional 45 days (until August 5, 2019) to submit comments to NARA. Read more>>

House Committee Clears Bill to Reauthorize the NHPRC

On June 12, the House Oversight and Reform Committee marked up HR 2978, the “National Historical Publications and Records Commission Reauthorization Act.” The bill would reauthorize the NHPRC at a level of $15 million from fiscal year 2020 to 2025. This is a major accomplishment since NCH has been working for ten years to get the NHPRC reauthorized. Click here to see NCH’s letter in support of the NHPRC. Read more>>

OAH Begins Search for New Executive Director

Executive Director Katherine Finley recently announced that she will be retiring on June 30, 2020, after more than 10 years with the Organization of American Historians (OAH). A search committee has been appointed to find her replacement, who will begin on July 1, 2020. You can learn more about the position and application process by by clicking here. Read more>>





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News Roundup

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

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 60 miles of a park in the National Park System. Read more>>

Senate Confirms Chair 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. Read 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. Read more>>

AASLH Status Report on Preparations for USA's 250th Anniversary

Over the past several months, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) has worked with its 250th Anniversary Task Force to gather the latest information from around the country about the status of planning for the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026. The report shows about half the states in the country have initiated planning in some form. For more information visit

Truman Presidential Library to Undergo Major Renovations

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 Truman’s presidency in 2020. To learn more about the project, visit the Truman Institute’s website:

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. Read more>>

National Park Service Awards Battlefield Protection Grants

The National Park Service recently announced nearly $500,000 in grants from the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help protect 131.49 acres of America’s battlefields. These grants will be used to acquire a portion of the Fort Blakeley Battlefield in Alabama, Champion Hill Battlefield in Mississippi, and Spotsylvania Court House Battlefield in Virginia. Read more>>

IMLS Awards $16.2 Million in Grants to Support Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced 60 grants totaling $16.2 million to support libraries across the country. The awarded grants search on the IMLS website contains a complete list of grantees and project descriptions. Read more>>







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