March 4, 1933: First Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt
On this day in 1933, the first inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt was held in Washington, D.C. The longest-serving president in U.S. history, and leader through the Great Depression and World War II — two of the nation’s worst crises — Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered by many to be our greatest president.
Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Joseph Robinson in Washington, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1933 (National Archives).
(Nice use of the Content Source link, pbsthisdayinhistory!)
Seating is on a first–come, first–served basis. No reservations are accepted. Free tickets are distributed at the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue, 60 minutes before start time. You must be present to receive a ticket. Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to start time. The saving of seats is strictly prohibited. Please note that some films may not be appropriate for general audiences.
Screening Schedule (Subject to availability)
Documentary Feature Nominees
Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m.
20 Feet from Stardom
Nominees to be determined
(90 minutes; rated PG-13)
Thursday, February 27, 7 p.m.
The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
(122 minutes; unrated)
Friday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
(104 minutes; unrated)
Saturday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
(86 minutes; unrated)
Sunday, March 2, 4 p.m.
Cutie and the Boxer
Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
(82 minutes; rated R)
Live Action Short Film Nominees
Saturday, March 1, noon
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
(24 minutes; unrated)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
(30 minutes; unrated)
Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
(23 minutes; unrated)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
(7 minutes; unrated)
The Voorman Problem
Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
(13 minutes; unrated)
Total Running time: 97 minutes.
Animated Short Film Nominees
Saturday, March 1, 3:30 p.m.
Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
(13 minutes; unrated)
Get a Horse!
Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
(6 minutes; rated G)
Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
(12 minutes; unrated)
(14 minutes; unrated)
Room on the Broom
Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
(26 minutes; unrated)
Total Running Time: 71 minutes.
Documentary Short Subject Nominees
Sunday, March 2, 11 a.m.
(39 minutes; unrated)
(23 minutes; unrated)
Karama Has No Walls
(26 minutes; unrated)
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
(38 minutes; unrated)
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
(40 minutes; unrated)
Total Running Time: 166 minutes
The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives.
Welcome Back to Earth!
Six days after Astronaut John Glenn orbited the Earth in the Friendship 7 capsule, he rode in a parade with his family and Vice President Lyndon Johnson in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC, Astronaut John Glenn and Mrs. Glenn with their Children Ride with Vice President Johnson in the Washington Parade, 02/26/1962
The National Archives is looking for docents! The deadline to apply is February 19. We’re looking for friendly people to lead tours at the National Archives to help visitors of all ages understand history and the work of the National Archives.
The two-month training course begins February 25 and is held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 4 to 7 p.m. After that, volunteers generally commit to one or two shifts per week.
Applications are online: http://www.archives.gov/careers/volunteering/dc-metro/dc.html
For more information, contact Rebecca Martin, Manager of Volunteers, Interns, and Interpretation, at 202-357-5272.
A civically-minded Mr. DC does his part to clear the snow as Washington digs out from a similar storm 92 years ago.
Just a reminder that All National Archives buildings in the Washington, DC, area are closed today, Thursday, February 13.
Keep informed about the operating status of Federal agencies in Washington, DC, area through the OPM website.
Stay safe out there!
Due to weather in the DC-area, our research rooms and the Museum at the National Archives are CLOSED today.
Also closed: The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the National Archives at Philadelphia, the National Archives at New York, and the National Archives at Atlanta.
Heavy Snowfall in D.C. by Clifford Berryman (6011710), 1/31/1922, U.S. Senate Collection
One hundred years ago on February 12, 1914, Abraham Lincoln’s 105th birthday, the cornerstone was laid on the Lincoln Memorial. A little more than eight years later it was completed and dedicated on May 30, 1922 with President Lincoln’s son, 79 year old Robert Todd Lincoln, attending the ceremony.
Photograph of the Abraham Lincoln Statue Installation in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., 1920
"Photograph of a color guard of black children holding flags and a wreath at the entrance to the Lincoln Memorial., 02/12/1947"
Abbie Rowe, photographer. From the series: Photographs Relating to the Administration, Family, and Personal Life of Harry S. Truman
Photo from a ceremony commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday at the Lincoln Memorial in 1947.
A view of the Marine Corps Memorial, 02/06/1987
Photographer: Jane E. Rackley. From the series: Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007, from the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
"GYRO" FLIES TO CAPITAL! 12/19/1928
An autogyro piloted by H.F. Pitcairn flew from Philadelphia to Washington DC, passing landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, in this newsreel from December 19, 1928.
Teach your child about the Constitution on September 17!
Join us for Constitution Day activities in the Boeing Learning Center at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
- Draft your own amendment to the Constitution
- Play games and learn more about the Framers
- Design your own American flag
- Discover the rules for adding more states to the Union
- Write with a quill pen, just like they did in 1789
Activities are free and open to all visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Looking back on the March on Washington
The 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom might be over, but that’s not the end!
Jump start your research with this overview of records at the National Archives about the March: Rediscovering Black History » Let Freedom Ring!!! Honoring the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom →
Check out James Blue’s monumental 1963 film, ”The March” digitally restored by the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation staff, and now available on YouTube: