07 April 2015

RPAC and the Congressional History Caucus

Here is some more news from RPAC (Records Preservation and Access Committee)  ...  all too often we, the genealogical community, are reacting to issues affecting records access and preservation.  The participation by RPAC in the National Coalition for History provides a means/platform to be more pro-active when it comes to records access and preservation.  

You can assist in this effort by encouraging your representative to join the Congressional History Caucus.

From RPAC ...

At the end of 2014, RPAC was invited to join the National Coalition for History (NCH) which was approved by the sponsoring organizations of RPAC (FGS, IAJGS, and NGS) for calendar year 2015. You can learn more about the National Coalition for History and the participating organizations on its website: http://historycoalition.org/.

One of the National Coalition for History’s major initiatives is the Congressional History Caucus. The caucus aims to provide a forum for members of Congress to share their interest in history and to promote an awareness of the subject on Capital Hill, using the members of the NHC as a resource. The caucus provides the opportunity for NCH members to build lasting relationships between Members of Congress and historians, archivists, teachers, students, genealogists, researchers and other stakeholders in their respective districts.

For the last few years RPAC has been responding to regulations and legislation that threaten access to state and federal records. We view the Congressional History Caucus as a way to have a positive, proactive influence on members of Congress. We need you to ask your representative to become a member of the History Caucus be either calling or sending an email. Detailed information about the caucus and its sponsors can be found at http://historycoalition.org/congressional-history-caucus/. The link also includes instructions about how to contact your Congressperson.

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