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The rise of digital historical resources

From the very first year of NHPRC funding, the Commission has embraced new technologies to increase public access to historical records. In the beginning, the strategy was to fund both historical documentary editions in print publications and the microfilming of collections of historical records. Microfilm editions were effective ways for editors to assemble records from […]

How Do We Bring the Past to the Learners of Tomorrow?

Source: Duke University Nearly everyone has probably experienced that moment when you are out to dinner when a question comes up and no one knows the answer, so someone whips out a smart phone and looks up the answers on the web.  The explosion of information and resources has changed our  lives. And it is […]

JFK on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

On June 17, 1963, President John Kennedy hosted a luncheon at the White House for the editors and sponsors of the historical documentary editions of the papers of the Founders and other leading figures in American history. At the luncheon, he endorsed the idea of funding for the National Historical Publications Commission (as the NHPRC […]

Founders Online: Looking Forward, with your help

Tomorrow marks the first birthday of the online tool, Founders Online – www.founders.archives.gov. This resource contains over 150,000 transcribed letters and other writings of six Founders of the nation – George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Benjamin Franklin. The transcribed documents are all in one place, fully searchable, and freely […]

Ike’s Thank You

A week after the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, General Dwight Eisenhower sent the following message on June 13 to the Troops of the Allied Expeditionary Forces after touring the Normandy beachhead: “One week ago this morning there was established through your coordinated efforts, our first foot-hold in Northwestern Europe. High as was my […]

Pickles and Steel!

The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania in Pittsburgh received an NHPRC grant to support a two-year project to process 13 collections that document business and industries in western Pennsylvania, 1844-2002. The Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania was established in 1879 and began doing business as the Senator John Heinz History Center (HHC) in 1996. HHC […]

Recorded Webinar on Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions

The webinar on the grant announcement for the NHPRC Publishing Historical Records in Documentary Editions held on Tuesday, May 20, 3:00 PM EDT was recorded. You can watch and listen here: https://connect16.uc.att.com/gsa1/meet/?RecordingKey=9F59B957-C065-48D9-A695-DFF6A2D0C690 If you have questions, please ask.

John Adams meets George III

Read all about the meeting of United States Minister John Adams with King George III https://www.facebook.com/nhprc/posts/10152178244468333 and take a look at how the report was dramatized on HBO’s “John Adams.”