Current and Past Programs

Congressional Briefings

The National History Center’s Congressional Briefings are designed to provide historical context and perspective on current issues for policy makers and members of their staff. The speakers reflect upon historical events and developments that have influenced the evolution of current policies and provide knowledge pertinent to the consideration of policy alternatives.

Decolonization Seminars

The International Seminars on Decolonization, which are sponsored by the National History Center, the American Historical Association, and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, are generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They bring together young historians from the United States and abroad to Washington, DC to study and discuss the history of decolonization in the 20th-century. The seminar takes place in July-August each year, with applications due in November of the previous year.

Washington History Seminars

Sponsored jointly by the National History Center and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Washington History Seminar meets each week, January to May and September to December, on Monday afternoons at 4 o’clock at the Wilson Center. It aims to facilitate understanding of contemporary affairs in light of historical knowledge of all times and all places and from a variety of perspectives. For the latest schedule, please click on Spring 2012 Schedule. For more information on past speakers, topics, and videos, please click on Washington History Seminar Schedule.

Public Events

National History Center events, including sessions at the American Historical Association annual meetings and more.


The National History Center’s newsletters and Reinterpreting History book series published by the Oxford University Press.

Council on Foreign Relations Lecture Series

The National History Center has entered into a partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations for a series of lectures. Periodically, a historian addresses an audience on a foreign relations topic from the perspective of history.

History Education Policy

The National History Center works with foundations and partners to assess history education throughout the nation, particularly in light of new research on history teaching and learning as well as comparisons with similar history teaching reform efforts abroad. The Center is also a partner with the National History Education Clearinghouse.

New Books In History

Entering into a partnership with New Books In History, the National History Center links to interviews of historians discussing their latest research and writing.


Videos and Audiocasts from National History Center events.

Summer Institutes

The National History Center, with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, brings 25 two- and four-year college teachers to Washington, DC to participate in a four-week long institute held at the Library of Congress.


The National History Center sponsors workshops for the profession on a variety of topics and issues.