Our new permanent exhibit, “Records of Rights” opens to the public on December 10! But you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to see the records on display—you can visit our new website http://recordsofrights.org/ to explore the documents that show how Americans continue to define, attain, and protect their rights.
It’s a beautiful, warm day in Washington, DC—the perfect weather for George Washington of the Nationals baseball team to take a stroll right in front of the National Archives.
(Thank you to staffer Maureen M for this great shot!)
Some Presidential holiday fun this weekend at the Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.
There is a height limit on buildings built inside in the District of Columbia. This law prevents skyscrapers from being built, so the skyline is very different from New York or Chicago.
At one point, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) challenged heights of buildings that were planned for Arlington, which lies across the river from DC. The court documents from this case are in the holdings of the National Archives.
The defendants, the Board of Supervisors of Arlington County, challenged the notion of the NCPC, the NPS, and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) having any jurisdiction in the area of Virginia development.
The CFA presented evidence of how changes to the skyline would impact the visuals regarding the Iwo Jima monument which fell under their jurisdiction.
Read the full story on the Text Message.
Join us for a our Civil War Photography Book Fair, a day featuring author talks on Civil War photography on Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hari Jones, assistant director and curator of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, will host the event and give opening remarks.
Authors include Ronald Coddington, author of African American Faces of the Civil War; Robert Wilson, author of Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation; Barbara Krauthamer, co-author of Envisioning Emancipation; and John Guntelman, author of The Civil War in Color.
Civil War–related book and gifts can be purchased in the theater lobby and book signings will follow each talk.
Presented in partnership with the National Archives Afro-American History Society and the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum.
Image: “Tent Life, Washington, DC” photographer unknown. From The Civil War in Color, courtesy of John Guntelman.
The National Archives presents a musical tribute on December 3 in honor of President and Mrs. Kennedy’s commitment to the arts, celebrating their legacy of musical performances in the White House.
On November 13, 1961, Pablo Casals performed the Mendelssohn Trio in D minor at the White House. Kenneth Slowik (cello), James Stern (violin), and Lura Johnson (piano) will present that program on December 3 at 7 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public. (We had to rent a piano for this program!)
"We wanted to honor the memory of President and Mrs. Kennedy with a special tribute to their outstanding commitment to the performing arts and our William G. McGowan theater is a wonderful venue to recreate the historic Pablo Casals performance." said Susan Clifton, producer of public programs at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Following the performance will be a discussion with Kenneth Slowik, artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, and others.
Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the White House Historical Association
Happy Thanksgiving from the National Archives at Denver!
“Wow!” exclaims four-year-old John Lane, Jr., as he sits agape in anticipation of delicious hot roasted turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
So begins the caption for this 1967 Bureau of Reclamation public relations photograph, an image that highlights one of the many productive enterprises benefiting from California’s Central Valley Project. With increased access to water, turkey farms north of Sacramento were able to provide thanksgiving turkeys for families across the United States.