How much does the federal government spend on history projects?





... Earlier this spring National Coalition for History Executive Director Lee White and I spent a few minutes totaling up the amount of federal funding that has an impact upon history. We have the Department of Education's Teaching American History grants at $120 million for each of the last several years. The National Endowment for the Humanities received $144 million this year, much of which goes to historical projects. The National Archives, which relates to history in one way or another, currently has a total of $411 million, including $9.5 million for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The cultural programs of the National Park Service, including historic preservation as well as historical research and public programming at historic sites and parks, total $166 million this year, while the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History received $41.7 million. Within the Department of Education—which has a $2.1 billion allocation currently for higher education—the Javits fellowship program for doctoral students, much of which goes to future historians, is allocated $9.5 million, while foreign language and area studies programs receive about $109 million. The federal agencies and programs listed above total $891.2 million. Clearly, if we count other history programs in the Smithsonian, the various allocations for Fulbright fellowships, or the funds within the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the total for the history category will be well over a billion dollars—real money....



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