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.

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

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry render honors as fire fighters and rescue workers unfurl a huge American flag over the side of the Pentagon as rescue and recovery efforts continued following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. 
The flag, a garrison flag, sent from the US Army Band at nearby Fort Myer, Virginia, is the largest authorized (20 x 38) flag for the military. 
National Archives Identifier: 6527847.

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry render honors as fire fighters and rescue workers unfurl a huge American flag over the side of the Pentagon as rescue and recovery efforts continued following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack.

The flag, a garrison flag, sent from the US Army Band at nearby Fort Myer, Virginia, is the largest authorized (20 x 38) flag for the military.

National Archives Identifier: 6527847.

Lincoln’s Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil War
Todd Brewster offers an authoritative account of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency, when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War. This was a time when the 16th President fought bitterly with his generals, disappointed his cabinet, and sank into painful bouts of depression, all the while maintaining an unshakable determination to save the country. A book signing follows the program.
Monday, September 15, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater
This discussion will be streamed live on YouTube.

Lincoln’s Gamble: How the Emancipation Proclamation Changed the Course of the Civil War


Todd Brewster offers an authoritative account of the most critical six months in Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency, when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation and changed the course of the Civil War. This was a time when the 16th President fought bitterly with his generals, disappointed his cabinet, and sank into painful bouts of depression, all the while maintaining an unshakable determination to save the country. A book signing follows the program.

Monday, September 15, at noon in the William G. McGowan Theater


This discussion will be streamed live on YouTube.

A young woman is seen here selling war bonds and stamps, and she distributes War Production Drive literature to help promote the war effort. The other women surrounding the stand are wearing the shirtwaist dress, a very popular style during the 40s. It got its name because it is a blouse top and a skirt bottom combined into one dress. The shirtwaist dress was all about comfort—it flared just enough to be loose over the hips and wide enough for easy walking. Because the dress was also light on fabric quantity, it met the rationing restrictions during the war years. Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. National Archives Identifier: 196483

A young woman is seen here selling war bonds and stamps, and she distributes War Production Drive literature to help promote the war effort. The other women surrounding the stand are wearing the shirtwaist dress, a very popular style during the 40s. It got its name because it is a blouse top and a skirt bottom combined into one dress. The shirtwaist dress was all about comfort—it flared just enough to be loose over the hips and wide enough for easy walking. Because the dress was also light on fabric quantity, it met the rationing restrictions during the war years. Courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. National Archives Identifier: 196483

The women in this picture are seen at work wearing fashionable headscarves, fitted blouses, high-waisted bottoms—and rocking some nifty goggles as well! Image: “Secretaries, housewives, waitresses, women from all over central Florida are getting into vocational schools to learn war work. Typical are these in the Daytona Beach branch of the Volusia county vocational school.” 04/1942. National Archives Identifier:535579

The women in this picture are seen at work wearing fashionable headscarves, fitted blouses, high-waisted bottoms—and rocking some nifty goggles as well! Image: “Secretaries, housewives, waitresses, women from all over central Florida are getting into vocational schools to learn war work. Typical are these in the Daytona Beach branch of the Volusia county vocational school.” 04/1942. National Archives Identifier:535579