History Lives Here
The mission of the new National Historical Society is to help millions of Americans learn more about our nation’s story.
The Society is taking over operation of American Heritage, the widely respected magazine of American history. For 73 years, it has connected Americans to their shared heritage with trusted, non-partisan writing by leading scholars.
Who We Are
The National Historical Society (NHS) is 501-3(c) nonprofit organized “to foster, promote, and encourage interest in and the study of American history and culture, support research, and develop media to connect all Americans to their shared heritage.”
While there are many state and local historical societies in the U.S., there is no national organization. The newly formed Society will become the largest historical organization in number of members by assuming the subscribers and assets of American Heritage.
NHS will continue and build on the 73-year tradition of American Heritage by illuminating our nation’s past in new ways, across multiple media, to reach academic and non-academic audiences alike.
What We Do
Among our programs are:
- American Heritage, the leading history magazine for 72 years.
- Invention & Technology, the only popular magazine of the history of innovation.
- Fourscore (4score.org), a major new educational system with thousands of trusted texts to assign students.
- Over 250 books in print, audio, and ebook format.
- HistoricTaverns.org, the first list of Revolutionary War taverns with photos, descriptions, and maps.
- Heritage Sites, a listing of over 4,000 historic sites.
Why We Do It
As former American Heritage editor David McCullough says, our nation faces “collective amnesia.” Numerous recent national surveys indicate a serious decline in knowledge of American history and civics among both youth and adults.
History offers narratives that frame our lives, animate the democratic process, and create ties that bind a diverse people. But 21st century America is adrift from her historical moorings. Technology has played a role, transforming history into trivial bits without context. The rupture between the past and present is national and also personal, robbing us of balance and separating us generationally.
Schools are cutting back on teaching history and instructors often lack training in their field. On the rise have been alternative narratives, and scholarship in service of political agendas.
The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation believes that education is the gateway to opportunity. A world-class. education system ensures a vibrant, entrepreneurial economy, strengthens national security and public policy, and instills America's founding values in the next generation of citizens.
The mission of the Foundation is to promote national security, entrepreneurship, self-reliance, free enterprise, and to enhance quality of life by supporting the arts, education, global understanding, health advancements, and preservation of the environment.
Helmsley Charitable Trust
The early development of the Fourscore educational system was generously funded by a grant from the Leona M. and Harry 8. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits in health and medical research, human services, education, and conservation. Since 2008, when the Trust began its active grant making, it has committed approximately $800 million to a wide range of charitable organizations. Despite its more than $4 billion in assets, the Trust is a relatively new organization, and it expects to continue to expand in the coming years, as it adds to its assets and increases the number, scale, and impact ofits grants across an array of critical issues.
For more information on the Trust and its programs, please visit www.helmsleytrust.org.