NCPH participates in a variety of advocacy efforts, as outlined in the NCPH Advocacy Policy, 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’s recent efforts include:
- On August 23, 2019 (with one abstention) endorsed a statement from the American Sociological Association on Student Evaluations of Teaching.
- On August 23, 2019 (with one abstention) endorsed a statement from the American Historical Association on Domestic Terrorism, Bigotry, and History.
- On August 12, 2019 endorsed Teaching Hard History: American Slavery initiative.
- On July 24, 2019 endorsed a letter from 25+ scholarly societies to Judges of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey to express support for the right of scholars and academics to sign the Academics for Peace Petition.
- On June 26, 2019 (with one abstention) endorsed a letter expressing support for H.R. 1179, the bipartisan African-American Burial Grounds Network Act.
- On April 2, 2019, NCPH President Marla Miller emailed an update to 2019 annual meeting attendees and NCPH members on sexual misconduct in public history.
- In March 2019, the NCPH Board of Directors adopted a Best Practices in Public History document for Job Postings.
- On February 28, 2019 (with one abstention) endorsed a letter from 30+ scholarly societies to government officials in Alaska regarding proposed budget cuts for higher education.
- On December 21, 2018 (with one abstention) endorsed a statement in opposition to Article 6 of the European Parliament’s proposed Revised Copyright Directive.
- On December 13, 2018 NCPH issued a statement on the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Board of Trustees’ Recommendation for the Disposition and Preservation of the Confederate Monument.
- On October 30, 2018 (with one abstention) endorsed (with 97 additional signers) a letter from the National Trust for Historic Preservation to the chairs and ranking members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Commission and the House Natural Resources Commission supporting expanded use of leasing historic buildings in our national parks.
- On July 17, 2018 NCPH (with one abstention) endorsed a “Dear Colleague” letter from Representatives David Price (D-NC), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Leonard Lance’s (R-NJ) opposing Amendment #39 to HR 6147, Interior-Environment Division A Appropriations, offered by Rep. Glenn Grothman, which would have cut fifteen-percent — $23 million each– from the budgets of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- On March 15, 2018 NCPH (with one abstention) signed onto a joint letter from 20+ learned societies to oppose the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point’s recommendation to eliminate several humanities majors (including history).
- On November 29, 2017 NCPH (with one abstention) signed onto a joint letter from 30+ learned societies to oppose US proposal to tax tuition waivers.
- On October 28, 2017 the NCPH Board of Directors approved an updated organizational Advocacy Policy.
- On August 16, 2017 NCPH issued a statement in response to violence in Charlottesville, VA. This statement was also endorsed by the National Coalition for History.
- On September 1, 2017 NCPH’s Advocacy Committee voted to endorse the American Historical Association’s statement on Confederate Monuments.
- On July 11, 2017 NCPH signed onto the American Alliance of Museums’ fieldwide letter to Congress in support of funding for key federal agencies that support museums and the humanities.
- On February 20, 2017 NCPH issued a statement in support of federal public history workers.
- On February 1, 2017, NCPH’s Advocacy Committee voted unanimously to endorse the American Historical Association’s statement condemning President Trump’s executive order restricting travel to and from seven Muslim majority countries.
- On January 23, 2017, NCPH issued an advocacy alert to members encouraging them to express their support for the National Endowment for the Humanities to their representatives through the National Humanities Alliance.
- On September 30, 2016, NCPH issued an advocacy alert to members asking them to advocate for the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) by asking their Senators to cosponsor S. 3391 which would reauthorize the IMLS for six years.
- On July 1, 2016, NCPH sent a letter to Governor Malloy of Connecticut urging him to restore funding for Connecticut Humanities and the competitive grant fund it administers.
- On February 15, 2016 NCPH’s Advocacy Committee voted to support the National Coalition for History signing onto a letter from the Save Princeton Coalition opposing construction on land near Princeton University where the Battle of Princeton was fought during the Revolutionary War.
- On November 4, 2015 NCPH’s Advocacy Commitee voted to endorse a joint statement from american scholarly societies regarding concern about the impact of Texas’ “Campus Carry” legislation.
- On October 13, 2015, NCPH’s Advocacy Committee voted to endorse the Oral History Association’s comments on the proposed revisions to the regulations for protection of human subjects in research (announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other federal departments and agencies), and decided to support the National Coalition for History’s policy board (on which NCPH holds a seat) signing on as well.
NCPH is a proud member of the Policy Board of the National Coalition for History. NCH is a consortium of more than 50 organizations that advocates on federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting historians, archivists, researchers, teachers, students, preservationists, political scientists, museum professionals, genealogists, and other stakeholders. Priority issues include maximizing researcher access to government records and information, support for history education, and funding for agencies like the National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, and Institute of Museum and Library Services. NCH is also a driving force behind the Congressional History Caucus.
For more information, and to sign up for email alerts, visit historycoalition.org
NCPH actively supports the efforts of History Relevance, 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.
History is how we preserve our past and inspire our future. That’s why we at the NCPH are proud to endorse the History Relevance Value Statement. The Value Statement is comprised of seven distinct tenets delineating critical ways the study of history is essential to individuals, communities, and our shared future. The full Value Statement can be found at https://www.historyrelevance.com/value-history-statement/
NCPH is a member of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA), founded in 1981, the NHA 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’.”