Excited for the Washington Nationals’ post-season?! Come to the National Archives Museum tomorrow at noon to hear reporter and author Frederic Frommer discuss the history of baseball in the DC area, including the 1924 World Series championship team and the Homestead Grays, the DC Negro League pennant winners.
Click here for more information about this free program or to reserve a seat. This program will also be streamed online.
Image: Untitled illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, showing Uncle Sam offering a baseball bat called “National Big Stick” to a Washington Nationals baseball player in reference to President Theodore Roosevelt’s diplomacy policy. 4/10/1907
Get ready for the playoffs with tomorrow’s talk on the History of Washington Baseball at usnatarchives. #GoNats!
You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball
“First in War, First in Peace… and Last in the American League.” Expressions such as this fill the story of baseball in the nation’s capital. In his book You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball from 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions, author Frederic J. Frommer provides a complete history of baseball in the DC area, including the 1924 World Series championship team and the Homestead Grays, the Negro League pennant winners. The book features the voices of current and former players, along with Presidents, senators, and political commentators who have called the teams their own. A book signing follows the program.
This program will be streamed live on YouTube.
Symbols of Significance: The Pediments of the National Archives Building
October is American Archives Month! To celebrate the month dedicated to all things archives, our Prologue blog will feature weekly posts on the history of the National Archives:
Measuring 118 feet wide and 18 feet high at their peaks, the pediments on the north and south sides of the National Archives Building are the largest in Washington, DC. These grand pediments depict scenes that convey the purpose of the National Archives and contain rich symbols of the Archives’ significance to the nation.
When he set out to design a national hall of records, architect John Russell Pope sought to create a neoclassical building of monumental size and design. This meant that the structure would be embellished with ornate, symbolic sculptural details, inspired by the art and architecture of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pope wrote, “In view of the classic spirit in which the design of the building was conceived, it was considered essential by the architect and the sculptors that allegory rather than realism be the means of conveying the significance of the sculptural decoration.”
Together with the building’s other sculptures, these pediments make the National Archives Building the most ornate building in the Federal Triangle. The pediments’ powerful symbols and monumental scale speak to the significance of the National Archives’ purpose and evoke President Herbert Hoover’s statement that the National Archives Building would serve as “a temple of our history.”
Today in 1806, the pioneering Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis from their two-year trip to explore the American West. Join us October 18 for the next Archives Sleepover to explore some of the records from this famous expedition - and hear Meriwether Lewis tell the tale of encountering a grizzly bear!
Lewis will be joined by Arctic explorer Matthew Hensen and an underwater archaeologist as campers dive into the diverse and exciting records at the National Archives before turning in to sleep next to the Declaration of Independence and US Constitution!
Learn more or sign up for the last “History, Heroes & Treasures” Archives sleepover of the year on October 18 at archivesfoundation.org/sleepover
History, Heroes & Treasures is supported by the Foundation for the National Archives; John Hancock Financial; Occasions Caterers; Mars, Incorporated; American Heritage Chocolate®; and The Coca-Cola Company.
Building a better bank
Construction crews move a pillar into place in 1861 during construction of the west wing of the oldest Federal departmental building in Washington, D.C. In 1836, Congress authorized construction of a fireproof building to house the Treasury Department, after earlier buildings had been destroyed by fire. The Ionic columns of this Greek Revival building were quarried on Dix Island, near Rockland, Maine, and are 36 feet tall, weigh 30 tons, and cost $5,000 each.
Photograph of the Treasury Department Building Under Construction, 09/16/1861
Constitution Day Family Activities
Celebrate the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by writing with quill pens, dressing up, craft activities, and more!
This program is supported in part by the Foundation for the National Archives through the generosity of John Hancock.
Wednesday, September 17, 1-4 p.m. in the Boeing Learning Center
Photograph by Jeff Reed.
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The National Archives Building as it appeared 60 years ago in 1954. We recently celebrated our 80th birthday with the anniversary of the "National Archives Act" on June 19, 1934.
The “March on Washington” Leaders Visit the White House
On this day in 1963, civil rights leaders speak to members of the press following a meeting with President John F. Kennedy regarding “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” that was held earlier that day.
Left to right: President of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC), Reverend Eugene Carson Blake; unidentified (back to camera); President of the National Urban League, Whitney M. Young, Jr.; President of the Negro American Labor Council (NALC), A. Philip Randolph; unidentified man (in back); Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Roy Wilkins (speaking at microphones); President of United Auto Workers (UAW), Walter P. Reuther; President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; President of the American Jewish Congress, Rabbi Joachim Prinz; several unidentified reporters. White House, Washington, D.C. 8/28/63.
President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson meet with organizers of “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” in the Oval Office. 8/28/63.
The Burning of Washington
Two hundred years ago on August 24 and 25, 1814, British troops occupied Washington, DC and burned the Capitol, the President’s house, and other public buildings during the War of 1812.
Photograph Taken in Maryland of the Ceremony Opening the Final Link of the Capital Beltway Around Washington, DC with Federal Highway Administrator Whitton and Maryland Governor Tawes Cutting the Ribbon, and John B. Funk, Chairman of the Maryland State Highway Commission Assisting, 08/17/1964
From the series: General Photograph Files, 1954 - 1984. Records of the Federal Highway Administration
President Truman - Just Stopping By
On this day in 1947, President Harry S. Truman stopped by the U.S. Capitol unannounced. According to the President’s appointment calendar for the day:
"While at the Capitol, the President visited the Senate Chamber, took his old seat, was recognized by the President of the Senate and made a brief impromptu speech."
Addressing the senators around him, he said, “I get homesick for this seat. I spent the best 10 years of my life in this seat.”
Photo: Senator Harry S. Truman on the Capitol Steps, circa 1940.
Bastille Day spells prison for sixteen suffragettes who picketed the White House. Miss Julia Hurlbut of Morristown, New Jersey, leading the sixteen members of the National Womans Party who participated in the picketing demonstration in front of the White House, Washington, District of Columbia, July 14,1917, which led to their arrest. These sixteen women were sent to the workhouse at Occoquan, on July 17, 1917, upon their refusal to pay fines of $25 each, but were pardoned on July 19, 1917.
Feeling adventurous? Sign up for the Sleepover at the National Archives on August 2 and explore some of history’s most exciting frontiers!
This summer’s sleepover theme is “Explorers Night,” allowing campers to journey to the Arctic, visit Outer Space, and discover the American West as they explore the National Archives Museum in a unique after-hours experience. Young explorers can chat with famous pioneers like Meriwether Lewis and Louise Arner Boyd and learn about life as an astronaut through artifacts straight from the National Air and Space Museum (like the “space toilet” and “living and working in space” discovery stations)!
Guests will be treated to movies in the museum’s William G. McGowan Theater before turning in for the night, and will enjoy a pancake breakfast flipped by our very own Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero in the morning.
Tickets are $125 per participant or $100 for Foundation members, NARA employees, and contractors. To register for the Sleepover at the National Archives. Learn more.
We hope to see you at the sleepover—and don’t forget to bring your sense of adventure!
Despite Hurricane Arthur, the weather was beautiful in Washington, DC as we celebrated the Fourth of July at the National Archives! The day started with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, followed by the Declaration of Independence Reading Ceremony on the steps of the National Archives.
We kicked off the day with the first #ColonialSelfie featuring the Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero, Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Linda Watters from sponsor John Hancock USA, and other founding fathers.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!
Snap a picture with a Founding Father or be creative; your #ColonialSelfie can be with anything that was in fashion in 1776!
Use the #ColonialSelfie hashtag, and share it with @USNatArchives on twitter!