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The Organization of American Historians promotes open access to historical resources and scholarship, the exhibition and preservation of artifacts, the discussion of historical questions, and the dissemination of knowledge. We ardently support the respectful and equitable treatment of all practitioners of history.

Along with alerts and updates to members, the OAH actively participates in the National Humanities Alliance and the National Coalition for History.

National Humanities Alliance

Since 1981, the National National Humanities Alliance (NHA) has advanced the cause of the humanities by promoting the common interests of its members with regard to national policy, programs, and legislation that affect the National Endowment for the Humanities and other agencies related to the humanities. Stephen Kidd is the Executive Director of the NHA.

Learn about funding priorities for this fiscal year at the NHA Web site.

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National Coalition for History

The National Coalition for History (NCH) is a non-profit educational organization which offers leadership in history-related advocacy and provides news and information from Washington. The NCH "advocates on federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting historians, archivists, teachers, researchers, and other stakeholders." The Coalition encourages organizations to join. Lee White is the Executive Director of the NCH.

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Advocacy News

NCH Advocacy Roundup

July 31, 2014. The National Coalition for History has been busy this summer working on a number of public policy initiatives relevant to U.S. historians. Here is a summary of that news from NCH Executive Director Lee White: Read more>

Oppose Cuts to the National Endowment for the Humanities

August 12, 2013. Shortly before departing Washington for its summer recess the U.S. House of Representatives took action that constitutes a crisis for American historians and all of our colleagues in the humanities. The House completely eliminated funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Read more >

Advocacy Alert: Oppose Reductions to NEH Funding

July 24, 2013. The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill that includes a 49 percent—or $71 million—cut in funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Organization of American Historians urges you to contact your representative TODAY and have them oppose these reductions in NEH's funding. If enacted, this funding level would devastate an agency that has already been reduced by nearly 20 percent since 2010. Read more >

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