As part of our continued commitment to serving the members of our nation’s Armed Forces, we’re joining with the Sierra Club Mission Outdoors program for our first annual Veterans Day Essay and Photo Contest. This contest, centered on the theme “What My Public Lands Mean to Me,” encourages veterans, active-duty military, and their families to submit photos, essays and video about their experiences and memories of time spent outside on America’s public lands. http://mypubliclands.challenge.gov
Students! Need a project over Winter Break? There are still 17 days left to enter the Documerica-inspired “Document Your Environment” Student Multimedia Challenge, sponsored by the National Archives and the EPA.
We can’t pass up an opportunity to plug the Document Your Environment multimedia contest, sponsored by the National Archives and the Environmental Protection Agency. Students are invited to create their own multimedia presentation inspired by DOCUMERICA photos!
As the 1960s came to an end, the rapid development of the American postwar decades had begun to take a noticeable toll on the environment, and the public began calling for action. In November 1971, the newly created Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a massive photo documentary project, called DOCUMERICA, to record these changes. More than 100 photographers were hired not only to document specific environmental issues, but to capture images of everyday life, showing how we interacted with the environment and capturing the way parts of America looked at that moment in history. By 1974, more than 80,000 photographs had been produced. The National Archives has made 15,000 of these images available, and I’ve spent much of the past week combing through those to bring you these 46 glimpses of America in the early 1970s, with an eye toward our then-ailing environment.
Above: Water cooling towers of the John Amos Power Plant loom over a home located across the Kanawha River, near Poca, West Virginia, in August of 1973. (Harry Schaefer/NARA)
See more gritty images at In Focus
Document Your Environment: Student Multimedia Contest
It’s no secret that the DOCUMERICA project is one of our favorite sources for Today’s Document. And now the National Archives and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invite students ages 13 and up to seek inspiration from one of these photos and start creating the next generation of Documerica records for the Document Your Environment multimedia contest.
Contest Rules and complete details are at Documerica.challenge.gov
These stories are cool.
Check out these five stories which are finalists in our “I Found It in the Archives” contest. Be sure to vote for your favorite!
The five finalists:
- “More than a World War II Folk Art Map” by John M. Lawlor, Jr.
- “Deported Granduncle Found in the National Archives” by Wendy Griswold
- “When Mashpee Indians Went Whaling Together” by Russell G. Handsman
- “Digging in the National Archives to uncover secrets of the Pond, US spy group predating the CIA” by Randy Herschaft and Cristian Salazar
- “Know Your Past to Shape Your Future” by Jennie Kwong