Danielle Dulken is a guest blogger for the American Historical Association. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public History at American University and interns for the National Coalition for History.
Yes, I have promised to keep these appeals to a minimum. But tis the season of the budget in Congress, and this is an important one—as is NEH funding, which will be the subject of an additional appeal in the near future.
This is Title VI / Fulbright-Hays, an essential aspect of the infrastructure of research and education in areas beyond the boundaries of the United States. Many of you will be familiar with these programs. For those who are not, I can say with confidence that they are essential to our mission.
This is the first—and I hope the last—time I will ask members of the history profession twice in one week to contact members of Congress. Indeed, my general inclination is to avoid an all-too-common Washington practice of rallying members with innumerable “urgent” notices. There is much that is urgent; but I do try to keep our pleas to a minimum so that you can be confident that when we do ask, it does matter – and that there is a chance that we can accomplish something.
On Oct. 11 the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee released the draft of a bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind. Sen. Tom Harkin, (D-IA), the committee chairman, and Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) the ranking Republican have been engaged in negotiations since early this year in crafting the bill.
The comprehensive legislation decentralizes educational funding from Washington to the states. States would be given block grants that in turn would be allocated to local school districts through competitive grants. History education will have to compete at the local level for scarce resources.
In the news this week, a bill has been introduced to eliminate the NHPRC, the Minnesota Historical Society has closed due to a state shutdown, and Borders bookstores are no more. Then, the negative news continues with teacher performance bonuses being eliminated in New York, a new research report showing low numbers for the humanities, and research libraries facing limited resources. Read on for thoughts on Skype interviews and the expectations of history grad students. Finally, we round up a number of posts on preserving the past: smells from history, archiving the Internet, collecting oral histories, a Spokane History mobile app, an exhibit of U.S.
The following text is crossposted at the National Coalition for History web site.
On April 12, 2011, the House Appropriations Committee released a list of proposed cuts in federal programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. Nearly every program of interest to the historical and archival communities was reduced. However the fact that some, such as Teaching American History grants, survived is a testament to the dogged lobbying efforts of the National Coalition for History, its constituent organizations and allies in civics education.
The following text is an alert from the National Coalition for History. It is crossposted on the NCH web site.
National History Day (NHD) is asking for your help to gain support from members of Congress for a $1 million National History Day appropriation that will help state programs grow and improve. NHD NEEDS YOUR HELP TODAY! We have two more days left and it is critical that you pick up the phone to contact your members of Congress and ask them to sign the NHD “Dear Colleague” letter (available at the bottom of this page on the NCH site).
Crossposted from the National Coalition for History’s web site.
On November 13, David Ferriero, the former Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, was sworn in as the tenth Archivist of the United States at a small ceremony at the National Archives at College Park, MD. Mr. Ferriero will move to Washington and assume his duties full-time in the very near future.
At his swearing-in ceremony, Mr. Ferriero said, “I’m very excited about being here. I am looking forward to jumping in with both feet to work with the staff at the National Archives on the important issues that we face in a world increasingly dependent upon information and technology.”