Archive for the ‘Advocacy’ Category

  • Before the 4th of July passes, House members will begin building a tomorrow with or without crucial federal programs that support the work of our history community. I urge you to email Congress this week to speak up for the programs and agencies on the chopping block. In my 25 years in the field, I […]

  • Dear Members and Friends of AASLH, Yesterday, May 23, President Trump sent a FY2018 budget request to Congress that would drastically cut federal history and humanities funding. Both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would be quickly phased out, and the National Historical Publications and […]

  • On May 4, Congress approved a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill that will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year (FY) 2017. President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law. Across the board, history, archival and education programs­—including the NEH, NEA, IMLS, and Smithsonian—were either level funded or received small increases. This […]

  •   Nashville, TN (March 15, 2017) — The American Association for State and Local History today joins more than 100 historical organizations around the country to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement and declare the importance of teaching and learning history. To celebrate, AASLH is urging history fans to post a selfie of themselves enjoying […]

  • March 14 is Humanities Advocacy Day! A record-breaking number of humanities advocates are in Washington D.C. today, March 13th, meeting with hundreds of Members of Congress to make the case for federal funding for the humanities. AASLH is partnering with the National Humanities Alliance to make clear to Congress that we oppose all efforts to eliminate […]

  • Feb 1, 2017 AASLH Responds to President’s Executive Order Restricting Entry to U.S.  At this moment, when the President of the United States has issued an executive order restricting travel from certain countries into the United States, the American Association for State and Local History reminds its members of the vibrancy that varied cultures, races, […]

  • Last year, AASLH worked with the National Coalition for History to advocate for the reauthorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Signed into law in December 2015, it restored funding for K-12 history and civics education cut five years ago. Now we need your help once more to ensure that crucial programs in the ESSA […]

  • The new Congress and new White House have begun signaling dramatic cuts they intend for federal agencies, programs, and policies that will affect the work of history organizations and historians for years to come. The Trump team has already indicated it is considering the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities. AASLH urges its […]

  • I didn’t feel like it leaving my house at 4:40 in the morning, but Friday the 13th turned out to be an auspicious day. Every leg of the journey and every discussion went particularly well. I flew to Washington, D.C., for a five-hour meeting with the Advisory Committee for the Humanities Indicators project, a committee […]

  • For the past four years, History Relevance has been creating united voice in the history field. Our ultimate goal is that people will value history for its relevance to modern life and use historical thinking skills to actively engage with and address contemporary issues. I am one of the volunteers from many organizations that help […]