It seems that the only thing that Congress and the Administration can agree on these days is killing every major program at the Federal level relating to history. The "financial gutting" of these programs "will have far-reaching effects on American culture,” writes Ed Hooper in the History News Service.
The history field needs a strong advocate to coordinate efforts for 1) restoration of modest funding for critical programs, 2) seeking more resources for teaching history, and, not least, 3) building a greater appreciation of America’s values and traditions.
Some of the recently eliminated history programs include:
Save America’s Treasures program – eliminated
This highly praised program, co-chaired by Susan Eisenhower and Laura Bush, funded such worthwhile projects as restoration of the original Star Spangled Banner, Thomas Jefferson’s papers, and Rosa Parks’ bus.The SAT program was critical for spurring additional private and local government support.
Teaching American History grants – eliminated
The widely popular Teaching American History grants were the only Federal program of its kind, funding the training of the next generation of history teachers.
Preserve America program – eliminated
A Federal initiative that encouraged and supported community efforts to preserve and appreciate our cultural and natural heritage.
National Heritage Areas –nearly eliminated
National Heritage Areas and Scenic Byways were designated by Congress as places where natural, cultural, and historic resources form a nationally important landscape such as Valley Forge, Gettysburg, and the Oregon Trail. They promote historic preservation, heritage tourism, and educational projects.
Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics – eliminated
Founded by Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Academies brought students and teachers to Washington to study historical documents and the working of government.
Center for Civic Education’s “We the People” civics education program – eliminated
Founded by NEH Chairman Bruce Cole in 2002, the program awarded support to nearly 1,700 projects undertaken by scholars, teachers, and other individuals and institutions to enhance the teaching and understanding of American history.