The Naval Historical Foundation has a wide range of naval history outreach programs to bring our Navy’s history to the men and women in uniform, Navy veterans, and the American public. These programs include:

Commemorative Events

The Naval Historical Foundation sponsors and participates numerous events throughout the year commemorating the history of the Navy. Please visit our Commemorative Events page to learn more.

Donating Historic Items

The Naval Historical Foundation facilitates the donation of historically significant naval items to repositories around the country. Please visit our Donating Historic Items page for more information.

Oral Histories

The Naval Historical Foundation has a robust Oral History program, and we are working to move portions of our collection online. To learn more please visit our Oral History page.


The Foundation regularly partners with organizations to form mutually beneficial relationships. Learn more on our Partners page.

Prizes and Awards

The Naval Historical Foundation offers prizes and awards for a number of types of achievements. Please visit our Prizes and Awards page for more information.


If you need an expert speaker for a function or event, the Naval Historical Foundation may be able to help. To learn more please see our Speakers page.

STEM-H Teacher Fellowships

The Naval Historical Foundation seeks to be a leader in the field of STEM research. STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Math) is a high priority for the Navy going forward. We are teaching STEM through the history of the U.S. Navy, and calling our program STEM-H, for history. please visit our Stem-H Teacher Fellowships page to learn more.

Used Books

One of our more popular programs is our ongoing used book sale. In the past, customers had to wait for our quarterly book sale to buy used books. Now, we are pleased to announce that affordably priced used books on naval and military history are available every day at the Museum Store at the National Museum of the United States Navy. Learn more here.

War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorative Medal

The U.S. sea services War of 1812 Bicentennial Medal / Challenge Coin is being sponsored by the Naval Historical Foundation and produced by Northwest Territorial Mint (NWTM) in Washington state. The medal design is based on the U.S. Navy’s official logo for the 2012-2015 bicentennial commemoration (see “Our Flag Was Still There“).Learn more here.