Today’s post comes from Callie Belback from the National Archives History Office. Among the 20th century’s most famous political leaders, Mao Zedong still fascinates fellow politicians, scholars, historians, and students. He was the founder of the People’s Republic of China, ideological leader of Maoism, revolutionary, and Chairman of the Chinese Communist Party. Exterior view of … Continue reading The Slow Vanishing of Mao Zedong
It's the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, and thousands of girls and young women have descended on Washington, DC, for the Girl Scout Rock the Mall event this weekend. It seems like the perfect time confess my own history crush, a woman who was very involved in the Girl Scouts: Lou Henry Hoover. Actually, … Continue reading History Crush: Lou Henry Hoover
The clothes must make the man! Last week's photo caption contest winner featured Spring Fashion Week and canvas jumpsuits; this week's winner pokes gentle fun at what our congressmen might look like before they are suited up for work. Duke Blackwood, the Director of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum, took on his guest judging duties with … Continue reading Thursday Photo Caption Contest—May 10
Last week on Facebook, I posted up a image that my colleague found for Shark Week. It wasn't a biological shark, but a mechanical one. The caption provided some basic information: "A Chinese soldier guards a line of American P-40 fighter planes, painted with the shark-face emblem of the 'Flying Tigers,' at a flying field somewhere in … Continue reading Tag! You know something!
Today's post comes from Gregory Marose, an intern in the National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications. Sometimes sharing a good meal is the best way to resolve the differences you may have with another. For the United States and China, this strategy helped normalize relations during the peak of the Cold War. Today, the … Continue reading What’s Cooking Wednesdays: Dinner Diplomacy Thaws the Cold War
Today's post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. The New York Times called it "engrossing and eminently fascinating." The Richmond Times Dispatch said "Discovering the Civil War" "isn't your typical Civil War retrospective." And the Neue Zurcher Zeitung called the National Archives' newest exhibit, "einer grandiosen Ausstellung in … Continue reading Swiss you were here!