Friday, October 4, 2013

Historians and the Government Shutdown

The National Archives is Closed
David Austin Walsh at History News Network has provided an informative list of what is closed and what is open. Here is a small taste:


  • 1000s of federal historians are out of work
  • All National Archives facilities are closed
  • Library Congress and its websites are closed
  • National Parks are closed
  • All Smithsonian museums are closed
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities is closed and will not be processing grant applications
  • Arlington National Cemetary is open
  • Mount Vernon is open because it is a privately owned National Historic Landmark
I should also add that two of my colleagues in the Messiah College History Department had to postpone a history field trip to D.C. because all the museums they hoped to visit were closed, including the National Museum of American History.