May 2018 NCH Washington Update

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 8:45pm

National Coalition for History
Washington Update

Common Rule Revisions Partially Delayed

Revisions to the Common Rule, the set of regulations governing human subjects research, have been delayed a further six months, but with a few exceptions. The new rules were set to take effect on July 19, 2018, but have been delayed until January 21, 2019. However, during that interim time institutions will be allowed to take advantage of three "burden-reducing" provisions in the new regulations, including the exemption of oral history work from unnecessary and invasive Institutional Review Board oversight. The Consortium of Social Science Associations provides a full explanation of the new rules and the timeline for implementation here.

National Parks Added $35.8 Billion to Economy in 2017

According to a report issued by the Department of the Interior, new data shows that national parks contributed $35.8 billion to the U.S. economy in 2017 and supported 306,000 jobs. This figure represents an almost $1 billion increase from 2016, and a $9 billion increase from 2012, reinforcing the importance of the parks to local economies. Read the full press release here.

Final JFK Assassination Documents to be Held Until 2021

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been under pressure for the last several months to release the remaining classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. They were originally due for release in October 2017. President Trump granted federal agencies an additional six months to review certain documents before releasing them, and now that deadline has been extended more than three additional years, to October 26, 2021. According to NARA, all documents have now been released at least in part, but researchers may not see full documents with no redactions until the new 2021 deadline. Read the full National Archives press release here.

National Park Service Announces Modified Fee Proposal

Following extensive backlash over a proposal to significantly increase fees at several of the most popular national parks, including a letter from NCH, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced a revised plan. Instead of large increases at a small group of parks, NPS will raise fees by a more modest $5 per vehicle across the entire park system. The additional revenue will help address the backlog of maintenance and infrastructure issues NPS faces. Click here for full details.

NEH Announces $18.6 Million for 199 Humanities Projects

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced the awarding of $18.6 million in grants to support 199 humanities projects across the country. The projects span a wide range of humanities disciplines; full details can be found here.

NPS Awards $1.3 Million for Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites

The National Park Service (NPS) recently announced more than $1.3 million in grants to preserve, restore, and educate at sites related to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Nine sites received awards ranging from $13,000 to almost $400,000. For more information, click here.

IMLS Announces $10.4 Million in Library Grants

Last month, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $10.4 million in grants to libraries across the country. The funds came from two programs, the National Leadership Grants for Libraries and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. These programs work to build the future of libraries by developing new tools and recruiting and training new librarians. More details can be found here.


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News Roundup

National Medal for Museum and Library Service Awarded
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded their top honor to ten institutions that make "significant and exceptional contributions to their communities." Read more >>

Complete Lineup Announced for Sesquicentennial Commission
The commission, which is tasked with planning commemorations for the country's 250th anniversary in 2026, announced a chairman, executive director, and first official meeting. The meeting will be held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on May 30. Read more >>

Civil War Trust Receives "Friend of History" Award from OAH
The award, which recognizes outstanding history work outside an academic setting, was presented at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The Civil War Trust and OAH are both NCH members. Read more >>

NEH and Mellon Foundation Announce Digitization Grants
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will offer over $1 million in grants to digitize out-of-print humanities texts. Read more >>

Papers of Benjamin Franklin Now Online
Approximately 8,000 items from the Franklin papers, mostly dating to the 1770s and 1780s, are now available online through the Library of Congress. Read more >>

Library of Congress Digitizes Japanese Censorship Collection
The collection, featuring over 1,000 manuscripts censored by the government in 1920s and 30s Japan, is now available online. Read more >>


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