National Coalition for History Washington Update- March 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 1:00am

National Coalition for History
Washington Update


President Trump Nominates New NEH Chairman

The president announced last week that he intends to nominate Jon Parrish Peede as the 11th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Peede has served as Senior Deputy Chairman of the NEH since April 2017, and has been the senior official there since former chairman Dr. William D. "Bro" Adams stepped down in May. Prior to joining NEH, he served as Publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review and in a number of senior leadership roles at the National Endowment for the Arts. Read more about Peede here.

NARA to Move Records to DC for Declassification Review

According to the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) plans to move tens of millions of pages of classified documents from the fourteen Presidential Libraries to Washington, DC for declassification review. This move is intended to expedite the process of making records available to the public. More information can be found on FAS's Secrecy News blog.

NEH Increases Monthly Stipend for Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced that fellowship recipients will now be awarded a stipend of $5000 per month, up $800 from previous years, for a total of $30,000-$60,000 over a six to twelve-month fellowship. This increase applies to the approximately 80 NEH Fellowships and 10 NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication awarded each year. Read more about the increase and the fellowship programs here.

NHPRC and Mellon Foundation Announce Grant Winners

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) recently awarded eight grants to build sustainable systems for the digital publication of historic records. The grants, awarded through the Digital Edition Publishing Cooperatives Program, support efforts to make historical records more readily available to the public in digital formats. Click here to read the full press release.

National Parks Received 330 Million Visits in 2017

The National Park Service (NPS) has released visitation data for 2017, which shows that 330 million recreation visits were made to NPS sites, including memorials, battlefields, and other historic sites. These numbers are encouraging, but heavy usage also contributes to the maintenance backlog at NPS, which needs to be addressed in the agency's funding. More details can be found here.

NPS Accepting Proposals for HBCU Preservation Grants

The National Park Service is now accepting applications for $4 million in grants to help preserve historic buildings on the campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Applications close May 1st. For details about how to apply, click here.

Native American and Native Hawaiian Library Grants Open

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is accepting applications until May 1st for library services grants for institutions that primarily serve Native Americans or Native Hawaiians. Both programs offer grants of up to $150,000 for two years, with a focus on either Preservation and Revitalization, Educational Programming, or Digital Services. Full details and application information can be found here and here.


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News Roundup

James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers Now Online
The Library of Congress has digitized the papers of President James Buchanan and his niece Harriet Lane Johnston, who served as his First Lady. Read more >>

National Air and Space Museum Announces Teacher Institute
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum announced a Teacher Innovator Institute for middle-school educators. Applications are due April 1st. Read more >>

Finalists Named for Museum and Library Service Medal
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has announced 29 finalists for this year's National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Read more >>

Museum of the American Indian Launches Education Initiative
The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian recently launched Native Knowledge 360°, an education initiative aimed at changing the conversation about American Indians in classrooms. Read more >>

State Department Releases Digitized Foreign Relations Volumes
The State Department's Office of the Historian has released seventeen newly digitized volumes of Foreign Relations of the United States, covering events from 1886 to 1899. Read more >>


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