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What We’re Reading: November 5, 2009 Edition

Native American Heritage MonthNovember is National Native American Heritage Month and in this What We’re Reading we bring you three sites with information on events, activities, lesson plans, and resources on various topics pertaining to Native Americans. From the National Coalition for History read up on all the budget updates, new commissions, and nomination progress happening in Washington. Two articles focus on assessments and suggestions: the first on PhD programs, and the second on natural-history museums. Finally, learn more about photographer Roy DeCarava, look back at Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation: A Personal View, consider hiking the Ridgeway National Trail.

November 5, 2009

Urge the Senate Not to Eliminate NSF’s Political Science Program

Crossposted from the National Coalition for History’s web site.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) has proposed an amendment (No. 2631) to eliminate the National Science Foundation’s political science program. It is an amendment to the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science fiscal year 2010 appropriations bill (H.R. 2847), which is on the Senate floor today. NCH urges anyone who values political science research to contact your Senator’s office today to ask them to vote against Coburn’s amendment.

NCH member the American Political Science Association (APSA) has created an on-line petition that you can sign to express your opposition to the amendment.

The National Coalition for History: Latest News

National Coalition for HistoryThe National Coalition for History (NCH) represents the historical and archival professions on issues involving federal funding and policy issues that have an impact on historical research and teaching, access to government information, employment of historians, public policy issues relating to history, historic preservation, and the dissemination of historical information. The AHA provides significant financial support to the NCH, and calls attention to the work they’re doing in Washington.

For the most recent news of what the NCH is doing in Washington, readers can visit the coalition’s web site or sign up for their newsletter.

What We’re Reading: February 26, 2009 Edition

Preservation magazine green issueContinuing the New York Times/Nixon tapes/AHR saga (mentioned here and here in past What We’re Readings) Clark Hoyt, “the reader’s representative” at the New York Times, weighs in. Then, the National Coalition for History reports on 2009 funding for a number of government agencies, programs, and institutions of interest to the history community. Read also about green ideas from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, links for use in the classroom, Lincoln articles in an online journal, advice for potential graduate students, and the history of the smiley face.

February 26, 2009

New Appointments at NEH and the Congressional Humanities Caucus

Jessica Irons, director of the National Humanities Alliance (of which the AHA is a founding member), reports that an acting chair has been named for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and that the Republicans have named a new co-chair to the Congressional Humanities Caucus.

Carole M. Watson, NEH’s assistant chairman for partnership and national affairs, has been named the endowment’s acting chairman by President Obama. In her current role, she serves as liaison with the NEH state humanities councils, the National Trust for the Humanities, and other key institutions and organizations.

Historians Speak Out Against Proposed Walmart at Wilderness Civil War Battlefield

Crossposted from the National Coalition for History’s web site.

On December 11, in a letter to Walmart President and CEO Lee Scott, 253 historians from throughout the country urged the retail giant to reconsider plans to build a 138,000 square-foot supercenter immediately adjacent to the Wilderness Battlefield in Orange County, VA. A formal application for the project was filed on December 5, 2008.

Among the signers are some of the most prominent historians in America, including two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David M.

December 11, 2008

What We’re Reading: September 18, 2008 Edition

Endangered Battlefield Map for 2008This week we start off with a number of alerts by the National Coalition for History. First, the NCH examines the recent release of the Rosenberg grand jury transcripts, and next points to two opportunities to nominate (for a preservation award and for the most endangered Civil War battlefield list). Then, read Inside Higher Ed’s report on a new form of adjunct abuse, Siva Vaidhyanathan’s critique of the so-called “digital generation,” information on a forum on preserving the news, Constitution Day resources, and finally humor in the rejection letter.

September 18, 2008

Latest News from the National Coalition for History

The National Coalition for History has posted quite a number of updates from Washington recently. Visit the NCH news archives for all past posts, and check out the links below for the latest advocacy issues. To keep up to date in the future sign up for the NCH e-mail newsletter, or grab their RSS feed.


National Archives and Records Administration

Library of Congress, Smithsonian, NPS, and EPA

Congress and Government News