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.