1960s: The Times (and Fashion) They Are A' Changin

Sep 19

8th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program
D-Day Remembered (1994; 52 mins.), Charles Guggenheim’s Academy-Award-nominated documentary of the invasion of Normandy in World War II, uses rare archival films and pictures from British, American, and German archives. Narrated by David McCullough, the film also incorporates the voices of over 50 participants. The screening will be introduced by Craig L. Symonds, author of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. A book signing will follow the program.
Tuesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater
Image: D-Day Invasion of Normandy during World War II, Courtesy of Guggenheim Productions, Inc.

8th Annual Charles Guggenheim Tribute Program

D-Day Remembered (1994; 52 mins.), Charles Guggenheim’s Academy-Award-nominated documentary of the invasion of Normandy in World War II, uses rare archival films and pictures from British, American, and German archives. Narrated by David McCullough, the film also incorporates the voices of over 50 participants. The screening will be introduced by Craig L. Symonds, author of Neptune: The Allied Invasion of Europe and the D-Day Landings. A book signing will follow the program.

Tuesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the William G. McGowan Theater

Image: D-Day Invasion of Normandy during World War II, Courtesy of Guggenheim Productions, Inc.

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Sep 18

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.

Sep 17

“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.

Sep 16

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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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