Using World War II Records to Conduct Naval History Research
Jacob Haywood of the National Archives will discuss how to use World War II naval records in the National Archives at College Park for genealogical research.
Tuesday, September 23, at 11 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance).
Thursday, September 25, at 11 a.m. Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B.
Image: National Archives Identifier: 195567.

Using World War II Records to Conduct Naval History Research

Jacob Haywood of the National Archives will discuss how to use World War II naval records in the National Archives at College Park for genealogical research.

Tuesday, September 23, at 11 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance).

Thursday, September 25, at 11 a.m. Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room B.

Image: National Archives Identifier: 195567.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Entertainment: Vocalist Joan Baez. A sign hanging near the microphones reads “We Shall Overcome.” ], 08/28/1963. Baez is an American folksinger, songwriter, and musician as well as an activist for civil rights, human rights, and nonviolence. Her protest music was a facet of the counterculture that characterized the decade in a rejection of mainstream norms of style, music, behaviors, and values. With her patterned dress and guitar, it is clear that Baez has embraced her signature style! National Archives Identifier: 542017.

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. [Entertainment: Vocalist Joan Baez. A sign hanging near the microphones reads “We Shall Overcome.” ], 08/28/1963. Baez is an American folksinger, songwriter, and musician as well as an activist for civil rights, human rights, and nonviolence. Her protest music was a facet of the counterculture that characterized the decade in a rejection of mainstream norms of style, music, behaviors, and values. With her patterned dress and guitar, it is clear that Baez has embraced her signature style! National Archives Identifier: 542017.

“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation
Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday.
Saturday, September 20, at noon–4 p.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance). 
Image: National Archives Identifier: 6200778.

“Help! I’m Stuck” Genealogy Consultation

Not sure where to begin? Has a genealogical problem stumped you? An archivist is available from noon to 4 p.m. to answer your questions. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at the Microfilm Research desk on Saturday.

Saturday, September 20, at noon–4 p.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance). 

Image: National Archives Identifier: 6200778.

In this photo is Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, (foreground, second from left) with Lee A. DuBridge, President of the California Institute of Technology, (foreground, second from right) during a visit to Caltech. 11/09/1965. Also present is Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon and husband of Princess Margaret (foreground, left). Princess Margaret’s dress is brightly colored in the typical mid-to-late 1960s fashion. National Archives Identifier: 6233740.

In this photo is Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon and younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, (foreground, second from left) with Lee A. DuBridge, President of the California Institute of Technology, (foreground, second from right) during a visit to Caltech. 11/09/1965. Also present is Antony Armstrong-Jones, the Earl of Snowdon and husband of Princess Margaret (foreground, left). Princess Margaret’s dress is brightly colored in the typical mid-to-late 1960s fashion. National Archives Identifier: 6233740.

Join Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero and Discovery Education on September 17 for a live tour of the National Archives and an Up Close Look at the Constitution! 
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 tomorrow 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.
Register for the event here, and don’t forget to pre-submit questions for Mr. Ferriero at the National Archives here. 

Join Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero and Discovery Education on September 17 for a live tour of the National Archives and an Up Close Look at the Constitution! 

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 tomorrow 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.

Register for the event here, and don’t forget to pre-submit questions for Mr. Ferriero at the National Archives here

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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.

This is a photo of Ann Lowe in the December 1966 issue of Ebony Magazine. With little more than a few years of education in the then-segregated southern schools and family sewing lessons, Lowe moved from her family’s dress shop in Alabama to Florida in 1916 where she became a premier custom dressmaker. Her gowns appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Town and Country magazines throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Ann notably created Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding dress in 1953, which resides in the permanent collection of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. In a 1965 appearance on the Mike Douglas Show, Lowe explained that the driving force behind her work was the desire “to prove that a Negro can become a major dress designer.”  To read more about Ann Lowe and her influence on fashion, visit the Prologue blog.

This is a photo of Ann Lowe in the December 1966 issue of Ebony Magazine. With little more than a few years of education in the then-segregated southern schools and family sewing lessons, Lowe moved from her family’s dress shop in Alabama to Florida in 1916 where she became a premier custom dressmaker. Her gowns appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Town and Country magazines throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Ann notably created Jacqueline Bouvier’s wedding dress in 1953, which resides in the permanent collection of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. In a 1965 appearance on the Mike Douglas Show, Lowe explained that the driving force behind her work was the desire “to prove that a Negro can become a major dress designer.”  To read more about Ann Lowe and her influence on fashion, visit the Prologue blog.

America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community
The U.S. Constitution opens by proclaiming the sovereignty of all citizens: “We the People.” Robert Tsai will discuss the history of alternative constitutions and those who refused to accept the Constitution’s definition of who “the people” are and how their authority should be exercised. A book signing will follow the program.
Thursday, September 18, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. 
The discussion will be streamed live on YouTube

America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community


The U.S. Constitution opens by proclaiming the sovereignty of all citizens: “We the People.” Robert Tsai will discuss the history of alternative constitutions and those who refused to accept the Constitution’s definition of who “the people” are and how their authority should be exercised. A book signing will follow the program.

Thursday, September 18, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater. 


The discussion will be streamed live on YouTube

This pillbox hat, which was worn during John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, was one of Jackie Kennedy’s signature looks. The smallish, brimless headpiece was popular for both its simplicity and elegance, two major characteristics of the First Lady’s fashion. Be sure to check out today’s Pieces of History post for more on Jackie Kennedy’s unique fashion and signature style! National Archives Identifier: 7851368.

This pillbox hat, which was worn during John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign, was one of Jackie Kennedy’s signature looks. The smallish, brimless headpiece was popular for both its simplicity and elegance, two major characteristics of the First Lady’s fashion. Be sure to check out today’s Pieces of History post for more on Jackie Kennedy’s unique fashion and signature style! National Archives Identifier: 7851368.

The State of the Constitution:  Is the Constitution Still Working for America?
6th Annual Constitution Day Partnership Program with the Center for the Constitution/James Madison’s MontpelierCelebrate the 227th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution and join us for a panel discussion moderated by C. Douglas Smith, Vice President for the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Panelists include Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale College and Yale Law School; Robert Hurt, U.S. Representative from Virginia; and Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution. Panelists will explore recent court cases and calls to amend the U.S. Constitution
Wednesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater
The discussion will be streamed live on YouTube.

The State of the Constitution:  Is the Constitution Still Working for America?


6th Annual Constitution Day Partnership Program with the Center for the Constitution/James Madison’s Montpelier

Celebrate the 227th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution and join us for a panel discussion moderated by C. Douglas Smith, Vice President for the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Panelists include Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale College and Yale Law School; Robert Hurt, U.S. Representative from Virginia; and Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies, Brookings Institution. Panelists will explore recent court cases and calls to amend the U.S. Constitution

Wednesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater


The discussion will be streamed live on YouTube.