Monthly Archives: June 2011

Thursday Photo Caption Contest

Who knew that legs emerging from a plane would inspired so many captions about lost earrings, carnivorous aircraft, and close quarter combat? We went straight to the top for this one, and asked Debra Steidel Wall, our newly named Deputy … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking Wednesdays: A dozen dont’s of gardening

Feeling the urge to plant a vegetable garden?  During World War I and World War II, citizens were encouraged to plant victory gardens as part of the war effort so that more food could be sent overseas to the troops. Even the White … Continue reading

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Special Delivery to UN General Assembly

Today’s post comes from Gregory Marose, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications. On June 21 in New York City, the United Nations General Assembly reappointed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a second consecutive five-year term. As … Continue reading

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The Presidents are expecting you!

Did you know that the 13 Presidential libraries are part of the National Archives? The National Archives is a nonpartisan agency, and we care for all the paper and digital records—as well as Presidential gifts and other items—that are part … Continue reading

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Waiting All Night for a Look at History

Americans are used to waiting in line for things they really want: tickets to a rock concert, a World Series game or a controversial new movie, for example. At the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, this week some people  waited … Continue reading

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Thursday Photo Caption Contest

How could we choose between captions about skunk cabbage, the effects of fiber, and manly weeping? We asked Mitchell Yokelson, Investigative Archivist at the National Archives and author of books on military history, to look into the matter. Congratulations to Kim B! After … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking Wednesday: Pull out that sweet tooth!

To celebrate our new exhibit “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” we are featuring a food-related blog post every Wednesday. Today’s post comes to us from the National Archives at New York City. “Do you know that the money spent in the … Continue reading

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“Not guilty by reason of….”

In 2011, a lone gunman opened fire at a political event in Tucson, Arizona, killing six and severely wounding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In the aftermath of the tragedy, a federal judge ruled that the suspect charged in the Tucson shooting … Continue reading

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Lizzie Borden took a….trip

On June 20, 1893, Lizzie Borden was declared innocent of the crime of murdering her father and stepmother. The National Archives holds a little piece of her history from before the murders. A month before her 30th birthday, Lizzie Borden … Continue reading

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Facial Hair Friday: Vive le Goatee!

In 1885, the French ship Isere arrived in New York City. On board the ship were the pieces of an enormous woman, a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States in recognition of many … Continue reading

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