A non-profit organization, the Naval Historical Foundation (NHF) is dedicated to preserving and honoring the legacy of those who came before us, and educating and inspiring the generations who will follow. Working closely with the U.S. Navy, the NHF ensures that naval history remains in the forefront of American thought. Of utmost importance is the Navy’s flagship museum, the National Museum of the United States Navy, for which the NHF raises funds and supervises the construction of major new exhibits, such as the Cold War Gallery. The foundation sponsors educational programs and lectures at the Navy Museum, assists the Navy through the acquisition of important historical artifacts, and sponsors commemorative events celebrating the Navy Birthday and the Battle of Midway. The NHF also provides online museum tours and educational online lesson plans; provides a dynamic medium for conversation on the latest naval history publications through a program which encourages both established scholars and amateur historians to write book reviews; maintains a Directory of Naval Historians to connect researchers to each other and to the public in order to foster ongoing dialogue about important topics in naval history; and promotes naval history through regular blog and social media updates.
The NHF nurtures naval history scholarship through an extensive prize and awards program, including the Captain Ken Coskey National History Day Prize for middle and high school students, the Captain Edward Beach Prize for U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen, the Vice Admiral Robert Dunn Award for Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps midshipmen, and the Commodore Dudley Knox Prize for Lifetime Achievement. The foundation’s STEM-H Teacher Fellowship Program also helps our nation’s teachers learn about the history of the U.S. Navy and its cutting edge technology. All of these programs encourage and inspire those who will bring our United States Navy’s heritage forward to the future.
The NHF has served as a conduit for the collection of documents and artifacts relating to American naval history and has placed many collections with at the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, DC; and archives of the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) as well as the Navy Museum and Art Gallery. Augmenting the collection of records, the NHF’s oral history program captures recollections of the men and women who helped to shape the history of the Navy.
Proceeds from the Foundation-run Museum Gift Shop and private donations support the Navy Museum and other NHHC programs. In conjunction with the Naval History & Heritage Command, the Foundation publishes the biannual newsletter Pull Together, along with periodic monographs on selected subjects in U.S. naval history. The Foundation also operates a public reproduction service for the Command's extensive photographic files and provides funds to the Command for special programs for which appropriate funding in not available, such as conferences, history prizes, and internships.
Naval Historical Foundation
Washington Navy Yard
1306 Dahlgren Ave SE
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5055
Phone: (202) 678-4333