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10/25/1999--Passed House amended. History of the House Awareness and Preservation Act - Directs the Librarian of Congress to: (1) prepare, print, distribute, and arrange for the funding of, a new and complete written history of the House of Representatives, in consultation with the Committee on House Administration; (2) in preparing the history, consult, commission, or engage the services or participation of eminent historians, Members, and former Members of the House; (3) arrange for the printing of the history and its dissemination over the Internet; (4) make the history available for sale to the public; and (5) make available, free of charge, a limited number of copies to each Member of the House of Representatives and to the Senate. Sets forth guidelines for the history. Requires the Librarian to solicit and accept private funding for the publication, marketing, and public distribution of the history.Directs the Librarian to accept for deposit, preserve, maintain, and make accessible, an oral history of the House as told by its Members and former Members, compiled and updated (on a voluntary or contract basis) by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress or other outside organization.Expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) orientation programs for freshman Members of the House should contain a seminar on the history of the House; and (2) the Speaker of the House should conduct a series of forums on the topic of such history.