Connecting Naval History to our Economy, the Environment & National Security

Naval history and the maritime domain connect every aspect of our nation’s history – national security, the economy, the environment and foreign policy. Whether documenting naval strategies that protect our interests, capturing oral and video histories, securing artifacts or digitizing important naval records and artwork, the Naval Historical Foundation is at the center.

Why Naval History?

History is constantly occurring and shaping our future. Successful leaders on the battlefield, in the air and on the seas credit lessons they’ve learned from history combined with preparation as key to keeping our Sailors safe and our country strong. Understanding our past with the help of today’s latest technologies allows NHF to remain relevant to the public’s growing interest in our shared fascination with the Navy.

Global Impact

Like the U.S.  Navy, NHF’s work extends beyond our borders. Since our maritime domain impacts our lives as individuals and as a nation, it is crucial to study and chronicle the process behind our transformation from a young republic to a dominant worldwide maritime power.

Preserving the Past

From its initial focus on safeguarding the material culture of the Navy in the 1920s, the Foundation has developed into a non-profit organization dedicated to not only preserving, but promoting the full range of naval history through leveraging partnerships with a wide variety of organizations like the Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) and Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). We take pride in honoring those who gave their lives to protect us through our various preservation and commemorative efforts in Washington, D.C., and beyond.

Looking to the Future

NHF has its eyes on the future while capturing our naval history past. We provide:

  • Guidance and expertise in the discipline and dissemination of naval history
  • Scholarship incentives for K-12 students, Midshipman, and NROTC
  • Historical perspective, content and context for deep sea explorations
  • STEM education fellowships with historic ships, museums, and K-12 teachers
  • The premier resource naval history education at

Membership in the Naval Historical Foundation is open to all who share an interest in the promotion and preservation of U.S. naval history. As a member, you know that preserving and commemorating the U.S. Navy’s history is of the utmost importance. Your generous contributions enable us to do so, and thereby educate the American public about that proud heritage.

LevelAnnual DuesBenefits
StudentComplimentaryAll individual benefits for one year for one student
Teacher$35All individual benefits for one year for one teacher
Individual$50Benefits include:

  • Receive a weekly Thursday Tidings Naval History email
  • Invitation to annual meeting
  • 10% off purchases at the Navy Museum Store
  • Facilitated parking at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy
  • Subscription to Pull Together, NHF’s quarterly publication
Family$75All Individual benefits for one year for two adults and their children or grandchildren under age 18


$250All individual benefits plus:

  • Recognition in the annual report
  • One complimentary invitation to attend annual history-related webinar
  • Discounts on 8″x10″ reproductions from the Navy’s historic photograph & art collection


$1,000All Supporter benefits plus:

  • Priority access to historical documents
  • Early invitations to special events and lectures
  • 20% off purchases at the Navy Museum Store
  • Guided historical tour for two of the Washington Navy Yard
Organization$5,000Up to twenty individual memberships plus:

  • Guided historical tour for six of the Washington Navy Yard
  • Company name listed in quarterly publication & annual report
  • 20 complimentary invitations to attend an annual history-related webinar
  • 10% off rental fee for the National Museum of the U.S. Navy or Cold War Gallery
  • Company logo on NHF suite of websites (;;

To join online, click the “Join” button above for a secure transaction through GiveDirect, run by the “America’s Best Charities,” of which NHF is a proud member. Just be sure to indicate your level of membership (“New Membership”) or “Membership Renewal” in the Program Area section.

If you prefer to join by mail, please print out this membership form, fill it out, enclose payment, and mail to:

Naval Historical Foundation
ATTN: Membership
P.O. Box 15304
Washington, D.C. 20003

Please contact our membership director Tyler Robinson if you have any questions at (202) 930-5244.