When the David M. Rubenstein Gallery opened to the public on December 11, visitors found that the focal point of the Records of Rights exhibit isn’t a static document, but a 17-foot-long interactive table containing hundreds of digital documents. “From the beginnings of concept development, our team wanted a central element for the exhibit,” curator … Continue reading One table, 300 documents to explore
This is the first part of a series, written by Jim Zeender, devoted to letters written by the Founding Fathers in their own words and often in their own hand. As a registrar in the Exhibits Division of the National Archives for over 25 years, I have had the good fortune to work with many … Continue reading In their own words: President George Washington
As 2011 draws to a close, so does our exhibit "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" which will end on January 3, 2012. It's been a great year for food here at the National Archives. We've had amazing guests come and speak, including Chef José Andrés, our neighbor and Chief Culinary Adviser for the exhibit; Chef Roland … Continue reading What’s Cooking Wednesday: Top Ten Food Records of 2011
Leave a comment on the bottom of this post telling us your favorite food smell. and you'll be entered into a random drawing to win a copy of Eating with Uncle Sam from the Foundation for the National Archives! Smells are everywhere. Realtors bake cookies and make coffee to help sell houses. Proud … Continue reading What’s Cooking Wednesday: What’s That Smell?
In the "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" exhibit, curator Alice Kamps notes that American citizens have demanded that food be safe, cheap, and abundant. From the records in the exhibit, you can see how the Federal Government has responded to these needs over the past decades. But food isn't just a historic record. We continue to talk about food … Continue reading Food Day Open House
Torn between termites, easy bake ovens, and Terrifying Woodchuck Airlines, we asked a guest judge to make the final call! Congratuations to Burble, who has won 15% off at our eStore! Alice Kamps, the curator of "What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?" thought the reference to a Faster-Than-Light drive was the funniest by light years. And while … Continue reading Thursday Photo Caption Contest