Letter from President Eisenhower to Daphne Moaney, 01/18/1961
Before President Eisenhower left office, he replied to questions submitted by the History Class, Montclair High School, Montclair, New Jersey on January 18, 1961. The original questions were not included in this record so we’re particularly curious about the question for number nine:
The answer to question number nine is still classified as TOP SECRET.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!
Story time with teacher at Wilson Village School, 1940.
Was there a teacher you’d like to thank?
On May 4th, 1970 Ohio National Guard troops opened fire on unarmed students at Kent State University who were protesting the American invasion of Cambodia. In a period of 13 seconds, the National Guard troops wounded nine and killed four. This map, prepared for the Commission on Campus Unrest, shows “the Commons” area on the Kent State Campus, the movement of the National Guardsmen, and the locations where students were shot.
Judge Michael Philip Manheim, one of the original Documerica photographers, evaluated artwork in the Graphic Art category. Anna’s piece, from the 18+ student group, was chosen by Michael as “his favorite of all, contemporary and inclusive, executed in a striking format that dramatically compels attention.”
Anna was inspired by a Documerica photo by Jim Olive: Children in Fort Smith Are Learning That Protecting the Environment Will Take More Than Awareness 06/1972
The Grand Prize Winner was chosen by the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, as the recipient of $500, courtesy of the Foundation for the National Archives. The Archivist chose iRevolution as the winner because Anna’s “perspective prompted me to reflect on the relationship between technology and citizens of today’s world, activism and revolution, and the role of communication, documentary evidence, and the historical record. ”
From the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero
Together We Can Do It!
We just launched the Citizen Archivist Dashboard (http://www.archives.gov/citizen-archivist/). We encourage you to get involved in elevating the visibility of the records of the United States. Did you know that many grade school children aren’t taught cursive handwriting anymore and can’t read cursive? Help us transcribe records and guarantee that school children can make use of our documents. I have transcribed one myself!
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.
Celebrate Young Readers Week!
What was your favorite book as a child?
The Department of Education Was Created 32 Years Ago, Today
On October 17, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Department of Education Organization Act. The ED opened officially in May, 1980.
On this education anniversary, it seems fitting to look at some of America’s classrooms from decades past. Plus, it wouldn’t be right not to give a big shout out to all the teachers out there. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
It’s International Walk to School Day!
How do (or did) you get to school?