7 reasons to start celebrating July 4 on June 30!

John Adams thought Independence Day should be celebrated July 2, but we start celebrating on June 29! See a full schedule of July 4 events at the National Archives: http://go.usa.gov/xQB3d ONE See the National Archives Building lit up with patriotic colors!   TWO Eat chocolate and feel patriotic! George Washington enjoyed drinking a warm "chocolate cream" at … Continue reading 7 reasons to start celebrating July 4 on June 30!

The Founding Fathers Face Off for the Fourth of July!

Today's post comes from Emily Rollman, summer intern with the Public and Media Communications Office. And the #FoundersFaceOff champion is John Adams! The National Archives, home of the Declaration of Independence, is holding its first #FoundersFaceOff in honor of Independence Day. This bracket-style tournament is similar to the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament, but this … Continue reading The Founding Fathers Face Off for the Fourth of July!

Seven Patents to Delight Your Steampunk Friends

Today's post comes from Brooke Engerman, summer intern with the Office of Public and Media Communications. The steampunk movement is most associated with a definitive style of fashion and design which incorporates aspects of Victorian fashion accessorized with industrial materials. Most steampunk-inspired pieces—be it costumes or objects—are fantastical in nature and pull inspiration from science … Continue reading Seven Patents to Delight Your Steampunk Friends

11 Bookmobiles that Make Archivists Want to Hit the Road

Librarians have different jobs than archivists. And the National Archives is not the Library of Congress (hi, neighbors!). But, librarians and archivists have a lot in common, and the Archivist of the United States had a long career as a librarian before crossing over to the other side of the stacks. Like librarians, archivists love … Continue reading 11 Bookmobiles that Make Archivists Want to Hit the Road

16 Times History Made Us Hungry For Pi Day

Happy Pi Day! Are you baking up a fresh dessert to celebrate? Get inspired by some historic pie deliciousness, fresh from our archives. 1 Everything about this photo is vintage #piegoals. The apron, the polka-dot potholders, that oven! 2 Does your pie make THE CUT? These pie judges can tell with just ONE SLICE.    … Continue reading 16 Times History Made Us Hungry For Pi Day

“Let the Word Go Forth:” A President’s First Inaugural Address

Today’s post comes from Tom Putnam, Acting Director of the Office of Presidential Libraries. The inauguration of a new President offers the nation an opportunity to witness not only the peaceful transfer of power but also the transformation of a person we've known for over a year as a candidate, and for two months as … Continue reading “Let the Word Go Forth:” A President’s First Inaugural Address

Was Ike a secret New Dealer?

Today’s post is from Jim Worsham, editor of Prologue magazine, the quarterly of the National Archives. Was Dwight D. Eisenhower—the architect of the allied victory over the Nazis in World War II and our President during the peaceful 1950s—a secret New Dealer? Eisenhower, elected President as a Republican in 1952, brought in with him a Republican-controlled Congress. … Continue reading Was Ike a secret New Dealer?

Flight of a Sadako Crane

Today's post comes from Ben Jordi, Public Affairs Specialist in Strategy and Communications, at the National Archives in College Park, MD. Growing up, Clifton Truman Daniel never talked to his grandfather, Harry S. Truman, about his role in the war or the atomic bombings. “Our family met like any other family: on long weekends and … Continue reading Flight of a Sadako Crane