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.
DC Fashion Week is finally here!
On Wednesday, September 24, the opening night event will be held at the National Archives, and Wednesday September 30th we will be hosting a panel on First Ladies Fashions moderated by Tim Gunn, star of Project Runway. Be sure to follow along with all of the Fashion Week activities, programs, and exhibits on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, as we bring the fashion from the Archives to you!
Our last week in Six Weeks of Style at the National Archives is one of the grooviest weeks yet, and we kick it off with the signing of the Equal Rights Amendment. This controversial bill, which was first introduced to Congress in 1923, finally passed in both houses of Congress in 1972. When it came to the deadline for ratification by the state legislatures ten years later, however, it was three states short of the 38 and was never ratified. The Equal Rights Resolution is currently on display at the National Archives in the Records of Rights exhibit. Courtesy of the Jimmy Carter Library.
National Archives Identifier 181970
This Constitution Day tour is part of the White House’s “Of the People” series, which provides virtual field trips for middle school and high school students to Washington, D.C. for a behind-the-scenes look at the people, places and issues that shape and inform our world.
Join us live at 1:00 PM ET today and learn about the Preamble to the Constitution, get a short tour of the National Archives, and delve into the skills historians use to analyze primary source documents.
Our colleagues from the National Archives exhibits staff and the Presidential Libraries are fielding “Ask A Curator Day” questions at @USNatArchives and @ourpresidents on twitter with the hashtag #AskACurator.
Happy 227th #ConstitutionDay!
September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. Learn more about the U.S. Constitution through programs, and resources from the National Archives:
- Of the People: Live from the National Archives - A Tour and Up Close Look at the Constitution with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
- Constitution Day Activities at the National Archives
- The Constitution of the United States
- View the Constitution in Person
- Read a Transcript of the Constitution
- Teaching Activities and Primary Sources from DocsTeach
Have you ever been to the usnatarchives to see the Constitution in person?
Bonus question - have you ever slept over in the same room as the Constitution?
Curious about Presidential History? Ask a Curator!
Do you have questions about Presidential history and artifacts? Tomorrow, the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives will be answering questions live for #AskaCurator Day on Twitter.
Over 600 museums from 40 countries will be participating, including our very own experts on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter. You can also ask curators at the National Archives Exhibits in Washington, D.C.
Museum Objects from the Presidential Libraries:
Rocking Chair used by John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office; RCA Radio Microphone used by FDR to deliver some of his Fireside Chats from the White House; HMS Resolute Desk replica at the JFK Library; Portrait by Octavio Ocampo presented to President Carter on the occasion of a state dinner honoring José López Portillo, President of Mexico, February 1979; 1957 Inaugural gown of Mamie Eisenhower; WWII POW Diary at the Truman Library;1952 Eisenhower campaign hat.
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.
My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours
In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes—crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and more—let you to eat like the Ingalls family. Gilbert’s personal recollections and memorabilia, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes, and treasured scrapbook images, accompany the recipes. Joining Ms. Gilbert, as the moderator for the program, is Arch Campbell, TV and film critic for ABC 7/WJLA and host of the Arch Campbell Show. A book signing follows the program.
Saturday, September 13, at 2 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater
The discussion will be streamed live on YouTube.
Looking back on past events is what all archivists do every day. It was never more frustrating to be unable to change that history than it was when I was processing these [the 9/11 Commission] records.
It’s not every day that an international photographic icon drops by
- See our previous posts featuring Ansel Adams’ work →
- Or search the National Archives’ online catalog for more →
Happy National Teddy Bear Day! Political cartoonist Clifford Berryman is credited with introducing the teddy bear into the American vernacular after President Theodore Roosevelt famously refused to shoot an old, haggard bear during a hunting trip. Berryman changed the old bear into a cute, cuddly “teddy bear”—named for the President—and it became a common symbol in Berryman’s cartoons.
This self-portrait shows Berryman’s “signature style” in the exhibit “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures,” on display in the National Archives Museum’s O’Brien Gallery through January 4, 2015.
“Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” is made possible in part by the Foundation for the National Archives with the generous support of Lead Sponsor AT&T. Major additional support provided by the Lawrence F. O’Brien Family and members of the Board of the Foundation for the National Archives.
Image: "Self-Portrait of Clifford Berryman, 1904"
Ever wonder what the Preservation Programs at St. Louis does?…Watch this!!!
Good night, usnatarchives!
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.
Women’s Equality Day
Established in 1971 by Representative Bella Abzug (NY) through a Joint Resolution of Congress, Women’s Equality Day is observed on August 26 to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote in 1920.
In commemoration of Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives (usnatarchives) is hosting a discussion in partnership with the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum:
Tuesday, August 26, at 7 p.m. at the William G. McGowan Theatre.
Can’t make it? The discussion will be streamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2t48I3j004.
A colleague from preservearchives in action, circa 1942.
See more images from the National Archives then and now in the series on the 80th anniversary of the creation of the National Archives from earlier this summer!