June NCH Washington Update

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 5:45pm


Ask Your Representative to Join the Congressional History Caucus!

Contact Congress Today to Save Federal History and Humanities Programs!

House Appropriations Committee subcommittees will be drafting their spending bills between now and the end of June. It is critical for you to contact your Members of Congress today in support of federal history, archival and education programs that are vital to our community. Never before have federal humanities programs been under attack to this extent! Read more. . .

Trump FY18 Budget Proposes Devastating Cuts to History-Related Programs

On May 23, President Trump sent his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request to Congress. As expected, it includes devastating cuts to federal history and humanities funding including elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and K-12 history and civics grants and Title VI/Fulbright-Hays international education programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Click here for an in-depth agency-by-agency analysis of the administration’s FY 18 budget proposal.

NEH Chairman William "Bro" Adams Resigns

On May 22, the day before the Trump administration proposed dismantling his agency, National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman William "Bro" Adams announced his resignation. He did not mention the budget situation in his statement. Deputy Chair Margaret Plympton will serve as acting chair until President Trump nominates a successor.

IMLS and NEH Issue "FAQs" On Possible Shutdowns

In light of President Trump's intention to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in FY18, both agencies have posted "Frequently Asked Questions" pages on their website explaining how the shutdown process would proceed should Congress concur with the president's request. Click here for a link to IMLS. Click here for a link to NEH.

Library of Congress Announces Largest Release of Digital Catalog Records in History

The Library of Congress recently announced that it is making 25 million records in its on-line catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history. The records also will be easily accessible at data.gov, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA). Until now, these bibliographic records have only been available individually or through a paid subscription. Read more. . .


NHPRC Issues Grant Awards

National Archives Awards Grants for Documentary Editing and Archival Projects
National Archives Press Release, 6.26.2017

New Director Named at Eisenhower Presidential Library

National Archives Announces New Head of Eisenhower Presidential Library
National Archives Press Release, 5.17.2017

Margaret C. Nussbaum Delivers Jefferson Lecture

“Powerlessness and the Politics of Blame”
National Endowment for the Humanities Press Release, 5.1.2017

IMLS Announces Ten Recipients of National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Nation's Best Selected for National Medal for Museum and Library Service
Institute of Museum and Library Services Press Release, 5.15.2017

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