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Happy National Make Music Day! Featured here is an image from Shenandoah National Park. The photograph’s label reads, “Native mountaineers make mountain music for visitors in the Shenandoah National Park, high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.” This photograph is available through NARA’s online catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/30249284. Want to learn more about our holdings related to the National Parks Service and more? You can check out our online catalog (www.catalog.archives.gov) and make an appointment to view our holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia by calling (215) 305-2044 or emailing email@example.com. Today’s post was written by Megan Kelly, Research and Writing Intern with the National Archives at Philadelphia. Shenandoah National Park Blue Ridge Mountains #MakeMusicDay #Music #ShenandoahNationalPark #NationalParks #NPS
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Have you heard of History Hub? Launched in January 2016, History Hub is an active community of researchers and experts which has become a game-changing way to provide access to information and diverse sources of expertise. You can learn more about it on the Archivist of the United States’s blog post, History Hub: A 21st Century Model for Archival Reference. https://aotus.blogs.archives.gov/2018/05/24/history-hub-a-21st-century-model-for-archival-reference/
Many communities and organizations across the country are observing Juneteenth this weekend. Among many celebrations is the 12th annual Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. This is a free event at which there will be food, music, historic reenactments, a marketplace, and more! For more information, see the event page on the Johnson House Historic Site Germantown website: http://www.johnsonhouse.org/home/philadelphia-juneteenth-festival/ Many celebrate June 19, called Juneteenth, as the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, at which time he took control of the state and announced that slavery had been abolished. Since then, a rich tradition of Juneteenth celebrations, like the one mentioned above, have developed across the country. You can learn more about the Emancipation Proclamation here: https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1993/summer/emancipation-proclamation.html
Happy Flag Day! Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. This pamphlet provided instructions on how to properly display and respect the United States’ flag. Printed in 1968 by the United States Printing Office, the pamphlet was issued by the United States Navy Recruiting Service. #FlagDay #StarsAndStripes #OldGlory Citation: Our Flag; American Flag, History & Display; 30; Navy Yards, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Public Relations; RG 181 Naval Districts and Shore Establishments; National Archives at Philadelphia (NAID: 279176) and (HMS ID: PH-6334).
In honor of National Pigeon Day, we want to highlight this fascinating story, Unsung Heroes of World War I: The Carrier Pigeons,” from our colleagues in the National Archives History Office. https://prologue.blogs.archives.gov/2018/01/08/unsung-heroes-of-world-war-i-the-carrier-pigeons/
The featured document here are pages 8-9 of the 1998 Annual Report submitted by the U.S. Mint. The pages discuss the release of the 1998 Silver Dollar celebrating the life of the late Robert F. Kennedy on the 30th anniversary of his death in 1968. The pages show the obverse and reverse images of the commemorative coin and also reveals how many of the coins were struck and how much they sold for. Today, June 6, 2018, marks the 50 th anniversary of the death of Robert Francis Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy; the 64 th Attorney General of the United States; and U.S. Senator from the State of New York when he died. Robert F. Kennedy had just won the California primary held on June 4, 1968 and was mortally wounded by Sirhan Sirhan shortly after midnight on June 5 while greeting well-wishers in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. He succumbed to his wounds at 1:44 AM PST the following day and was later buried at Arlington National Cemetery close to his brother John. 1998 Annual Report, Folder 1998, Box 220; Record Group 104-Records of the U.S. Mint; National Archives at Philadelphia, PA. NAID 651044 #otd #onthisday #thisdayinhistory #tdih #rfk #assassination #archives #history #USMint #mint
The National Archives at Philadelphia team digitized and made available in the National Archives Catalog all photographic exhibits from the landmark civil rights case Dorothy E. Davis, et al. v. County School Board of Prince Edward County, et al. – which was ultimately decided by the Supreme Court, along with three other school segregation cases, in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Our Education Department colleagues have made many of them available on DocsTeach for students and teachers to utilize inside and outside the classroom. You can learn more by reading the National Archives Education Updates blog: https://education.blogs.archives.gov/2018/05/29/davis-photographs/
Did someone say #ArchivesRoadTrip?! You’re invited to the Archives Hashtag Party! Come hang out on social media and share highlights from your collections around a different theme each month. We want to mingle with archives from all over and learn about the treasures you hold. Check out the archives, libraries, galleries, and museums participating so far:https://www.archives.gov/campaigns/archives-hashtag-party-participants See the following page for more information about Archives Hashtag Party:https://www.archives.gov/campaigns/archives-hashtag-party Seen here is one of our all-time favorite #ArchivesRoadTrip photographs! This photograph was taken at Roadside Overlook in Shenandoah National Park. Feel free to check out this image and more through our online catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/30249374. We hope to see your records highlights at the party!
Please note that the National Archives at Philadelphia will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observation of Memorial Day. Visit NARA's special Memorial Day web page on National Archives News, which highlights NARA's holdings that document Memorial Day and honors those who have given their lives: https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/memorial-day For information about our hours, please visit our website: https://www.archives.gov/philadelphia
The Library of Congress just announced that their papers of Benjamin Franklin are now online. The collection includes copies of the First Continental Congress Petition to King George III, drafts of the Treaty of Paris, diplomatic correspondence, notes on electricity, drawings of bifocals, and more! You can learn more here: https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-18-044/?loclr=eanotw-new
Happy National Memo Day! Our holdings are brimming with memorandums from a variety of government agencies. Memorandums are written messages which can document anything: the installation of a new water fountain, organizational changes, policies, and much more. Featured here is a memorandum related to the archaeological investigation at El Morro, which is part of the San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico. This memo details the work that has already been performed and also includes photographic attachments to document progress made on the dig. Check out the rest of this memo here: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/40304916. Want to learn more about our holdings? You can check out our online catalog (www.catalog.archives.gov) and make an appointment to view our holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia by calling (215) 305-2044 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This post was written by Megan Kelly, Research and Writing Intern with the National Archives at Philadelphia. #NationalMemoDay #Memo #Memorandum #FindYourPark #NPS
Want to learn more about conducting genealogical research through NARA’s online catalog? Check out the new page on our website that provides helpful information about how to use our catalog: https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/catalog-guide
Happy Mother’s Day! Featured here is a 1935 illustration by Johnny Gruelle of Raggedy Ann offering some keen advice on the value of a mother’s wisdom: “The truths received at a mother’s knee endure throughout Eternity.” You can see this document and much more by visiting NARA’s online catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/23902328. Want to learn more about Raggedy Ann and the records we hold? Check out one of our previous posts celebrating the 100th anniversary of Raggedy Ann here: http://phillyarchives.tumblr.com/post/128557567264/happy-100th-anniversary-raggedy-ann-john-b Want to learn more about our holdings? You can check out our online catalog (www.catalog.archives.gov) and make an appointment to view our holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia by calling (215) 305-2044 or emailing email@example.com. This post was written by Megan Kelly, Research and Writing Intern with the National Archives at Philadelphia. #HappyMothersDay #MothersDay #Mom #RaggedyAnn #nostolgia #history #casefile #archives #patent #johnnygruelle #materialculture #equity
#otd Seen here is a photograph of the Philadelphia Navy Yard employee’s children lining up for balloons at the Yard’s 1985 Employee Appreciation Day celebration. This photograph, along with many other records related to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, is available through NARA’s online catalog: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/18497389. Want to learn more about our holdings? You can check out our online catalog (www.catalog.archives.gov) and make an appointment to view our holdings at the National Archives at Philadelphia by calling (215) 305-2044 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. This post was written by Megan Kelly, Research and Writing Intern at the National Archives at Philadelphia. #employee #employeeappreciationday #philadelphia #history #archives