National Coalition for History Washington Update

NCH Fights to Save Revolutionary War’s Princeton Battlefield
NCH has joined the fight to halt destruction of a historically significant parcel of land associated with the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Princeton.  In a letter to the Institute for Advanced Study’s Board of Trustees, a national coalition of historical and conservation organizations have asked the Institute to halt development of land they own adjacent to the existing Princeton Battlefield park.  Read More…

NCH Supports Legislation to Make Congressional Research Service Reports Publicly Available
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that would require Congressional Research Service reports to be made freely available to the public on the Government Publishing Office’s website.  NCH has joined a coalition of 40 groups in a statement supporting the legislation. Read More… 

Administration Submits FY’17 Budget Request to Congress
The Obama administration recently submitted its fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request to Congress.  NCH has compiled a chart showing the budget requests for all federal agencies and programs affecting history, archives, and education.  The administration is proposing no major cuts and some increases for the programs affecting NCH’s many constituencies. Read more… 

Urge the House to Fund K-12 History and Civics Education! 
In December, President Obama signed into law a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  The “Every Student Succeeds Act” restored funding for K-12 history and civics education.  Action is needed now to ensure these programs are funded in the FY ’17 Budget.  Read more…

Other News

President Obama nominates Dr. Carla Hayden to be the New Librarian of Congress
The White House Blog, 02.24.2016
Read President Obama’s Statement here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/02/24/meet-president-obamas-nominee-librarian-congress  

Women’s History Scholars Gather to Discuss Future Women’s National History Museum
The Congressional Commission on a National Women’s History Museum held a scholars summit in January to discuss the issues surrounding the creation of a future national women’s history museum.
The Congressional Commission on a National Women’s History Museum, 01.30.2016
Read More: http://www.womenshistorycommission.org/uncategorized/womens-history-scholars-gather-in-d-c-to-discuss-future-womens-history-museum-despite-historic-storm/

Declassified CIA and Henry Kissinger State Department Records
The CIA has released scanned copies of approximately 750,000 pages of declassified intelligence papers, records, research files, and other content.  Also released were scanned copies of approximately 40,000 pages of newly declassified records from the collection of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s Government papers.
National Archives, press release, 02.18.2016
Read More: http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2016/nr16-46.html#.VstHbOmQTIY.twitter 

NEH Announces Humanities Access Grant Program
The NEH has announced a new grant program to strengthen quality humanities programs that benefit youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.
National Endowment for the Humanities, press release, 02.25.2016
Read More: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2016-02-25

NEH Announces “Protecting our Cultural Heritage”
NEH has put out a call for projects that contribute to the study, documentation, or digital reconstruction of cultural heritage material’s that are at risk or have been lost.
National Endowment for the Humanities, press release, 03.09.2016
Read More: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2016-03-09

The Trans-Atlantic Platform Launches Fourth Digging Into Data Challenge
Applications are now open for the fourth round of the Digging Into Data Challenge.  The call is for research projects that use “big data” to address questions in the social sciences and humanities.
National Endowment for the Humanities, press release, 03.03.2016
Read More: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2016-03-03

NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication
The National Endowment for the Humanities and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have announced a new joint fellowship opportunity to support “born digital” research in the humanities.
National Endowment for the Humanities, press release, 02.29.2016
Read More: http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2016-02-29

Rare Walt Whitman Letter, Written for a Dying Soldier, Found in National Archives
A National Archives volunteer recently discovered the letter when sorting through Civil War widows’ pension files to be digitized at the National Archives in Washington. This Whitman “soldier letter” is only one of three known to exist.
The Washington Post, local, 03.09.2016
Read More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/rare-walt-whitman-letter-written-for-a-dying-soldier-found-in-national-archives/2016/03/09/6b172142-e228-11e5-8d98-4b3d9215ade1_story.html?hpid=hp_local-news_no-name%3Ahomepage%2Fstory