FDR’s First Fireside Chat
Today in history, March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his first Fireside Chat. Using the radio to speak directly to the nation, FDR laid out his plan to address the banking crisis of the Great Depression.
Watch archival footage from the FDR Presidential Library here.
More — President Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats
-from the FDR Library
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The real Monuments Men (and Women) worked to protect Europe’s cultural heritage during World War II. Learn more about them in a Twitter chat on Tuesday, March 11, at 2:30 p.m. ET hosted by the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Archives.
Get your questions ready and join us on Twitter by following the hashtag #MonMenChat. RSVP here: http://on.fb.me/1kvRWTH
(And catch up with some of our past Monuments Men posts!)
At the US Naval Facility at El Centro, California (CA), the US Navy (USN) flight demonstration team, “Blue Angels” fly their F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft into their signature diamond formation during their first air show of the 2006 season, 03/11/2006
Item from Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. (1994 -)
The National Archives’ new exhibition “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” opens to the public on March 21, 2014, allowing the public to view a variety of signatures that significantly contributed to the American narrative.
I’m not fancy. I’m what I appear to be. —
Today in history, March 11, 1993, Janet Reno was appointed as the first woman Attorney General of the United States by President Clinton. She served from 1993-2001, longer than any other Attorney General in the 20th century.
"Buffalo grazing near buffalo yards, Wichita National Forest, Okla., March 11, 1908"
From the series: General Photographic File, compiled 1897 - 1965. Records of the Forest Service, 1870 - 2008
Patent Drawing for C. H. Dinkelman’s Gymnastic Apparatus, 03/10/1891
From the series : Utility Patent Drawings, compiled 1837 - 1911. Records of the Patent and Trademark Office
Christian Dinkelman’s invention was meant for use in “in circus-tents, theaters, or in the open air” and was specifically intended to “make the apparatus steady and strong and render it readily adjustable and quickly put up and taken down.”
Did you remember to adjust your sundial for daylight savings time?
"A sailor resets his clock using a sun dial to reflect the one-hour difference between standard time and daylight-saving time, 04/05/1987"
Naval Station San Diego, California (CA). Scene Camera Operator: PH2 Sherrie De Long
Let’s have a Feline Friday! We have images of many Presidential pets in our Presidential Libraries, but few of them are cats. On March 7, 1995, Socks hitched a ride with President Bill Clinton across the South Lawn.
(Photo: Clinton Library, National Archives Identifier: 6036920)
The “Hello Girls”
"American telephone girls on arrival for "hello" duty in France. They all can speak both English and French., 03/1918"
During World War I, over 400 women were enrolled in the U.S. Army Signal Corps to operate telephone* switchboards in France. Despite the sometimes hazardous conditions of their service, they were denied veterans status after the war ended. It would take 60 years until a bill was signed by President Carter granting them veterans status in 1978.
Read more about the “Hello Girls” at the Signal Corps “Regimental” History Site - The Hello Girls
* Today is also the anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s patent for “Improvements in Telegraphy”, aka the telephone.
Eleanor Roosevelt’s First Press Conference - March 6, 1933
On March 6, 1933 Eleanor Roosevelt held the first of her 348 women’s only press conferences. Before this time, First Ladies had little contact with reporters. Eleanor recognized that holding regular conferences could enhance the public role of the First Lady - a role she transformed during her 12 years in the White House.
About 35 women attended Eleanor’s first press conference which was held in the Monroe Room on the second floor of the living quarters in the White House. The press conferences were attended by the major female reporters of the day - including Lorena Hickok, Ruby Black, Bess Furman, May Craig, Emma Bugbee and Martha Stayer.
Eleanor used these press conferences as a way to not only announce her schedule of activities but also as a platform to publicize the work of women leaders, answer her critics, and entertain questions on a variety of subjects. Topics covered everything from domestic issues like social programs, race, youth activism, etc. to international politics and the role of women in war and peace.