NCPH participates in a variety of advocacy efforts to represent the interests of public history practitioners and promote historical understanding, which is of essential value in civil society. The NCPH Board of Directors speaks out on behalf of the membership by:
- Developing partnerships and relationships with other organizations, professions and professionals, and communities;
- Engaging our many publics in conversation about the relevance of history;
- Being a strong advocate for the interests of public history practitioners in service to the public; and
- Supporting history education with a public historical perspective at all levels.
NCPH is a member of the National Coalition for History (NCH), a Washington, DC-based non-profit educational organization providing leadership in history-related advocacy. The coalition of more than 50 organizations serves as the historical profession’s national voice in the United States and acts as a clearinghouse of news and information. NCPH is one of the leading financial contributors that support the coalition and currently chairs the NCH’s board.
NCPH actively supports the efforts of the History Relevance Campaign (HRC), a grassroots group of public historians who are finding ways to argue the critical value of history in modern life. You are welcome to join the group on LinkedIn by searching “History Relevance Campaign” and requesting admission.
Founded in 1981, the National Humanities Alliance is a non-profit organization to advance national humanities policy in the areas of research, education, preservation and public programs. NHA is supported by nearly one hundred national, state and local member organizations and institutions, including: scholarly and professional associations; higher education associations; organizations of museums, libraries, historical societies and state humanities councils; university-based and independent humanities research centers; and colleges and universities. One of the alliance’s highlights is Humanities Advocacy Day, an opportunity each March for the entire humanities community to convene, meet with their elected officials, and convey the importance of federal support for the humanities.
The National Parks Conservation Association convened a National Parks Second Century Commission for the upcoming 100th anniversary of NPS in 2016. After soliciting input from a wide variety of stakeholders, the commission recommended “a sweeping expansion of the National Park ‘idea’.”