Society for History
in the Federal Government

About History@fedgov

History@fedgov presents a comprehensive and complete list of every known history page created by a federal agency, as well as links to the major federal historical resource sites. It is an Outreach effort of the Society for History in the Federal Government. The main purpose is to better educate the public about the history of their government. Over time, History@fedgov plans to develop original teaching and learning tools and other educational content. It will also be a tool to promote enrichment of existing federal history pages and encourage the creation of new pages.

We welcome your comments and questions on this Web page to

Judson MacLaury, Curator
Departmental Historian (retired)
U.S. Dept. of Labor


These organizations have provided support for History@fedgov:
Government Documents Round Table of the American Library Association (GODORT).
National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

SHFG Outreach Task Group (OTG)
The OTG was created in 2017, with Judson MacLaury as Chair. It developed the original concept of the Web page and helped plan and design the members-only Beta and current public versions.

Advisory Committee
The OTG was renamed the permanent Advisory Committee (AC) for History@fedgov. The members are:
Judson MacLaury, Chair
Carl Ashley, Historian’s Office, Department of State
Christine Blackerby, Exhibits Curator, U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Elizabeth Charles, Historian’s Office, Department of State
David Coy, Social Media Consultant
Benjamin Guterman, Editor, SHFG Federal History journal
Daniel S. Holt, U.S. Senate Historical Office
Lee Ann Potter, Director, Educational Outreach, Library of Congress
Michael Reis, Senior Vice President, History Associates, Inc.
Donald Ritchie, Senate Historian Emeritus
Marc Rothenberg, Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution Archives
Gwen Sinclair, Government Documents Librarian, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Library
Zachary Wilske, Past PresIdent, SHFG

Subcommittee on Promoting Understanding of Government:
Judson MacLaury, Chair
     Special Adviser: Benjamin Guterman (effective 2/22/2019)
Lee Ann Potter
Michael Reis
Donald Ritchie
Gwen Sinclair (effective 2/25/2019)

This Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee was established by History@fedgov Curator Judson MacLaury as an exploratory effort after an October 2018 meeting with the three other original members. Concerned about the decline of public knowledge about and trust in government, we plan to develop a campaign using history to help people to better understand it. The Subcommittee will be our base of operations, pending establishment of a permanent arrangement.

Our mission will be to promote the history of their federal government to the American people. By counteracting misinformation, providing an honest vision of government, and enhancing citizen involvement, this enterprise will aim to more fully serve the common good. An integral element of the message will be recognition of the contribution of the people who have animated the agencies of the federal government throughout its history. To realize these goals, we will focus on promoting  federal history, producing historical messages, and broadcasting them among the general population and selected groups.

To serve as a resource for creating our messages, we will be continually developing a database of federal stories, compiled from the resources of our History@fedgov website and provided by current and former civil servants. Working with professionals, together we will craft appealing videos and other media that will utilize historical and personal elements to lead people to look at government in a critical but clear-headed way. History@fedgov itself will be featured as a resource for further investigation.


The following individuals performed important tasks in the completion of the Web page:
David Coy, AC
Benjamin Guterman, AC
Michael Reis, AC
Marc Rothenburg, AC
Gwen Sinclair, AC
Cathaleen Skinner, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Special thank you: Elizabeth Charles of the AC was invaluable in getting this page up and running on the SHFG Website.

Website Design by Natalya Brandt of Web Maven, Castro Valley, California.

Title background: L'Enfant Plan of Washington, 1791, Library of Congress.
Background banner color photos©, Judson MacLaury.
All other photos, National Archives.


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Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044

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