Society for History
in the Federal Government
Department of State Office of News, Clippings Section, 1960 Records of the Department of State, National Archives
NASA Scientists Testing Laser Beacon for the Gemini Project, CA. 1965
Department of State Two-Way Radio System Installation, 1951 Records of the Department of State, National Archives
Census Bureau Workers, Washington, DC, 1940 National Archives, Records of the Census Bureau
Border Patrol Agents, Gainesville, Florida, 1926
Idyllwild Ranger Station, Arapaho National Forest, Colorado, 1908 Records of the Forest Service, National Archives, Washington DC


Excellence in New Media submission deadline extended to 28 December.  The Society of Historians in the Federal Government is seeking to recognize the diverse work done in federal history offices using “new media,” or similar work being done by non-government agencies.   Please consider submitting any digital born projects with a historical focus completed by your office to the Excellence in New Media Award Committee for judging by 28 December.  Such projects might include, but are not limited to, online exhibits, digital documentary history projects, podcasts, blogs, digital tours, videos, etc.

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We have a new blog for our History@FedGov resource pages! We welcome guest submissions on any and all aspects of work of Federal History offices and Federal Historians. 

SHFG has exciting milestones in the horizon and would like your input on how best to celebrate. Please take the Executive Council's Survey.

NEW!! The SHFG Blog is live! Check out the blog for articles, announcements, and more on federal history.

 History@FedGov for content and more info on Federal Agency Histories & much much more

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The Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) will hold annual meeting on April 25 and 26, 2019, at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Building in Washington D.C. The 2019 Annual Meeting will kick-off the Society’s 40th Anniversary commemoration and is presented in collaboration with the National Council on Public History (NCPH). Proposals are due by November 30. 







Founded in 1979, the Society works to address common concerns, support shared interests, and stimulate discussion across the federal history community. The work of that community takes many forms, including documentary collections, historic preservation and interpretation, institutional histories, museum exhibitions, oral history programs, policy research, records and information management, and reference services. The Society’s membership is similarly diverse, including not only historians but also archaeologists, archivists, consultants, curators, editors, librarians, preservationists, and others engaged in or committed to government history.


Society for History in the Federal Government
PO BOX 14139
Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044

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