This week we bring you news of Nixon’s grand jury testimony being released, criticism of Bill O’Reilly’s book on Lincoln, an effort to honor teachers through the National Day of Listening, and the 2011 National History Teacher of the Year. Then, read about the challenges history museums are facing and see the future through the lens of the past.
- Nixon Grand Jury Testimony Released
Last week the National Archives released former president Richard Nixon’s grand jury testimony pertaining to Watergate (also view the records through the GPO site). The New York Times coverage explained “Newly Released Transcripts Show a Bitter and Cynical Nixon in ’75,” and The Chronicle Review took a closer look.
- Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln banned from Ford’s Theatre museum bookstore
Rae Emerson, the deputy superintendent of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, has recommended that Bill O’Reilly’s new book Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever not be sold at Ford Theatre’s basement museum bookstore, since the book “suffers from factual errors and a lack of documentation.” However, the book will be sold in the theatre’s gift shop, which the National Park Service does not control. Learn more about that confusing differentiation here.
- National Day of Listening
StoryCorps, a nonprofit that helps Americans share and preserve their stories, wants to honor teachers this November 25 through a National Day of Listening. You can participate by thanking a teacher through StoryCorps’ Facebook page, Twitter (#thankateacher), or by contributing to the Wall of Listening. Be a part of this effort to “send a powerful message of gratitude to teachers nationwide!”
- Stacy Hoeflich, National History Teacher of Year
The local section of the Washington Post recognizes Stacy Hoeflich, who has been named National History Teacher of the Year. We noted that she’d won this award in a What We’re Reading post at the end of last month.
- U.S. History Museums Struggling
An article on the challenges history museums are facing to stay relevant and modern.
- Remembering Tomorrow: Vintage Images Predicted Brave New World
Wired magazine profiles Paleofuture, a blog that shows the past’s vision of the future.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend