Archive for February, 2011
After a brief hiatus, Facial Hair Friday is back with a special Valentine’s week post! When Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri wanted to encourage Americans to emigrate to the west as part of the Manifest Destiny movement, he decided that eyewitness descriptions of the landscape were necessary. So in 1842, Benton sent off his son-in-law [...]
Posted by Hilary on February 18, 2011, under Facial Hair Fridays.
Tags: american history, facial hair friday, John C. Frémont, Kit Carson, Lake Tahoe, Manifest Destiny, old photos, Senator Thomas Hart Benton, Western exploration
This week’s winner is Tommy R! His clever caption combines the discoveries of the atomic age with a nifty Latin neologism. Tommy, we’ll be sending you a 15% discount for the National Archives eStore. The original caption tell us that “Sister Mary Helene ven Horst, science instructor at Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa, teaches students [...]
Monday is a federal holiday, but what holiday is it? So many ads on television and in print tell us it’s Presidents/President’s/Presidents’ Day. Images of Lincoln and Washington sometimes accompany these ads. But here at the National Archives, we know it’s still officially Washington’s Birthday. This year the holiday is actually close to GW’s birthday [...]
Posted by Mary on February 16, 2011, under - Presidents, Myth or History, Uncategorized.
Tags: abraham lincoln, federal holidays, Monday holiday bill, national archives, National archives and records administration, Presidents Day, us history, Washington's Birthday
Do you like jelly beans? So did Ronald Reagan—and this month marks his 100th birthday. Even if you didn’t share Reagan’s political views, you might share his sweet tooth! Tweet your favorite jelly bean flavor using the hashtag #100jellybeans at twitter.com, and on Friday we’ll randomly pick a winner to receive a discount at our eStore. [...]
I was worried I would never find love at the National Archives. When Scribd.com approached my office about promoting Prologue magazine by creating a collection of romantic records for their Valentine’s Day “Eat Say Love” event, I was very doubtful. Would I be able to find enough romance in the records to put together a [...]
Posted by Hilary on February 14, 2011, under - Great Depression, - Presidents, - World War I, - World War II, Letters in the National Archives.
Tags: East Say Love, First Ladies, honeymoon, Prologue magazine, romance Through History, scribd.com, Valentine's Day, valentines