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

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

Sep 15

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.

This photo is titled “Riveter at Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, CA”. The women pictured is donning a headscarf, similar to the one cultural icon “Rosie the Riveter” wears. “Rosie the Riveter” became a powerful symbol of feminism for women working in factories producing munitions and war supplies. National Archives Identifier: 522880

This photo is titled “Riveter at Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, CA”. The women pictured is donning a headscarf, similar to the one cultural icon “Rosie the Riveter” wears. “Rosie the Riveter” became a powerful symbol of feminism for women working in factories producing munitions and war supplies. National Archives Identifier: 522880

Sep 12

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. 

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. 

Getting to Know Fold3
Fold3 is the web’s premier collection of original military records. The presentation will be an introduction and overview of the Fold3 website, with examples and tips for basic searching, viewing and using other features of the site.
Tuesday, September 16, at 11 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)
Thursday, September 18, at 11 a.m. Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room D
Image: NARA M1946. Photographs of art objects stolen by the Nazis from the Linz Museum and other collections in Europe. National Archives Catalog ID: 541599. Accessed through Fold3

Getting to Know Fold3

Fold3 is the web’s premier collection of original military records. The presentation will be an introduction and overview of the Fold3 website, with examples and tips for basic searching, viewing and using other features of the site.

Tuesday, September 16, at 11 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance)

Thursday, September 18, at 11 a.m. Repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, Lecture Room D

Image: NARA M1946. Photographs of art objects stolen by the Nazis from the Linz Museum and other collections in Europe. National Archives Catalog ID: 541599. Accessed through Fold3

Sep 11

whatnowpunk said: Hey! Thanks for being awesome when I visited last week!

Glad you had a good time! Come back any time!