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The Federalist newsletter, Fall 2015


The FEDERALIST newsletter, Fall 2015, is being sent to SHFG members.

The Federalist newsletter prints news of recent activities of the Society for History in the Federal Government, its membership, and of important projects and issues affecting federal history programs.

View the contents below and online at http://shfg.org/shfg/publications/the-federalist/

Bringing History to Policy Making

Historians can offer crucial skills and insights for government policy makers, yet they are often not brought into the planning process. This failure is a longstanding dilemma. Many agencies place little value on historians’ views, while others value and include historians in policy development but fail to heed their advice. A new report from the United Kingdom titled “What is the Value of History” explores the benefits of historical insights and the ways in which government offices can more systematically benefit from history.