February 02 – Daughter of miner with pet ground hog. Harlan County, Kentucky.
Just in time for Groundhog Day, this latest find comes courtesy of Gary H. Stern, Archives Specialist on NARA’s Digital Strategies and Services Staff, who’s too busy creating new archival descriptions to post this himself.
While clearly not as significant as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the groundhog and its owner are just a bit cuter. Be sure to check out Kristin Davidson’s find too — a set of State Department cables regarding the donation of groundhogs to the Kabul Zoo back in 1974.
What do you think best represents February 2nd? Velvet-bound peace treaty, groundhog diplomacy, or a miner’s daughter and her pet groundhog? Rate your favorite!
Interested in records about groundhogs? Search the National Archives Online Public Access for more.