It’s hard to believe 2018 is nearly over! This year we have brought you nearly 100 posts, and below are the most viewed of the year.
We would like to give a big thank-you to the National Archives staff who work so hard to bring you information on what we do here at the National Archives. And a huge thank-you to all of you who share in our love of history—here’s to an even better 2019!
10. The Power of American Indian Boarding School Records
Gwen Granados highlights our holdings at the National Archives at Riverside including two of the Bureau of Indian Affairs largest off-reservation boarding schools: the Sherman Institute in Riverside, CA, and the Phoenix Indian School in Phoenix, AZ.
9. The Lost Gift Stones of the Washington Monument
To celebrate our first President’s birthday, John Lockwood researched in the Records of the Office of Public Buildings and Public Parks of the National Capital to bring you an essay about the gift stones that didn’t make it into the building of the Washington Monument.
8. Remembering Pearl Harbor: the Ni’ihau Incident
Marking the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, Mike Hancock looks back at a lesser known incident that occurred as a consequence of the bombing.
7. Alexander Hamilton, “I just need to write something down”
Promoting the three-month showing of Hamilton the musical in Washington, DC, and the National Archives special exhibit of Hamilton-related documents, Historian Jessie Kratz looks back on one of the last documents written by her “history crush,” Alexander Hamilton.
6. LBJ and MLK
Wrapping up Black History Month, Madie Ward explored Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Lyndon B. Johnson’s relationship. The year also marked the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
Emily Rollman’s announcement of 2018 #FoundersFaceOff champion John Adams was a big hit. The contest was an NCAA bracket-style challenge to determine the post popular signer of the Declaration of Independence.
4. Alexander Hamilton and the Constitution
It was a big year for Hamilton! In celebration of Constitution Day, Jessie Kratz highlighted Hamilton’s role in writing and ratifying the Constitution.
3. Unsung heroes of World War I: the carrier pigeons
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of World War I, Garet Anderson-Lind shed light on the carrier pigeon’s role in helping the U.S. win the war.
2. The National Archives and 1968: A Year of Triumph and Tragedy
Taking the silver medal is Kerri Lawrence’s post on the 50th anniversary of 1968—a year of turmoil and change.
1. Vietnam: The First Television War
And at the top spot we have Madie Ward’s post about why Vietnam is considered the first televised war. The post was inspired by the current National Archives exhibit, “Remembering Vietnam,” which closes on January 6, 2019.
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never heard of the Niâihau Incident during Pearl Harbor, what a disaster …