May 8 is National Bike to School Day!
SCHOOL CHILDREN, WERE FORCED TO USE THEIR BICYCLES ON FIELD TRIPS DURING THE FUEL CRISIS IN THE WINTER OF 1974. THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH GASOLINE FOR SCHOOL BUSES TO BE USED FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, EVEN DURING DARK AND RAINY WEATHER, 02/1974
What did you ride to school? 10 Speed? BMX? Fixie?
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! This week on the National Archives Education page, we’re featuring teachers at work.
This class photo of a teacher posed with her students in front of their sod schoolhouse in Woods County, in the Oklahoma Territory, was taken about 1895. How many students do you count?
(Image: Teacher and children in front of sod schoolhouse. Woods Co., Okla. Terr., ca. 1895. From the Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior. National Archives Identifier: 516448. http://docsteach.org/documents/516448/detail) — at Woods County, Oklahoma.
It’s Arbor Day!
STUDENTS OF ROCK SCHOOL IN PICEANCE CREEK AREA ARE PLANTING TREES AROUND THE SCHOOL, 04/1973(More items from DOCUMERICA are currently on exhibit at the National Archives: “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project”)
40 years later, wonder if these trees are still there…
What will you be planting today?
Take Action for Earth Day!
ROADSIDE LITTER CLEAN-UP. 04/1972
Already did your part for Earth Day? Celebrate by checking out “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project” now on exhibit at the National Archives.
How are you taking action for Earth Day?
“Taos County, New Mexico. Children line up for books when Taos County project bookmobile visits school at Prado.” 12/1941.
Irving Rusinow, photographer. From the Photographic Prints File of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics
The first Eisenhower Easter Egg Roll will be held Saturday, March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.
This event is free and open to the public and will feature games, crafts, face painting, an Easter egg hunt and more. The egg hunt will begin promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late! Admission to the Museum and Boyhood Home will be free all day.
During their presidencies, both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis suffered the death of a child—a not uncommon event for most American parents in the 19th century. Starting with the death of Willie Lincoln in 1862 and the tragic accident that befell Joseph Davis in 1864, Catherine Clinton explores Victorian mourning and the embrace of rituals of grief and symbols of remembrance during the Civil War.
Join us at noon on March 29 in the McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, or watch online at our Ustream channel.
Image: Abraham Lincoln and his youngest son Tad (ARC 52628). While Lincoln was President, Tad’s older brother Willie—the middle child—died of typhoid fever while living in the White House. Tad himself died at age 18 in Chicago in 1871. Only the oldest son, Robert, lived to adulthood.
Photograph of a Young Jewish Boy with Elders at a Passover Ceremony, 4/16/1951.
In this 1951 photograph, a seven-year-old Jewish boy asks the traditional Passover questions during a Seder dinner with elders Joseph Blantz, 91, and Hannah Skolnick in New York, New York.
Chag Pesach Sameach/Happy Passover!
Do you love White House pets? Are you in elementary school? Then we have a tour for you!
On Wednesday, February 13, author Kathryn Gibbs Davis will present her children’s book, Wackiest White House Pets, at the Jimmy Carter Library.
Reservations are required!
Image: Amy Carter poses with her doll house and cat, Misty Malarky Ying Yang: 2/3/1978 [Carter Presidential Library, ARC177849]
FDR’s Birthday Celebrations and the Fight Against Polio
Today is the anniversary of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday. During FDR’s Presidency, his birthday became synonymous with celebrations to raise money to fight polio.
“The National Committee for Birthday Balls” sponsored a dance in every town across the nation, both to celebrate FDR’s birthday but also to raise money for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, later re-named the March of Dimes. Read More
Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945