The National Cherry Blossom Festival is celebrating 100 years of cherry trees in the Washington Tidal Basin. Each year around a million people descend on Washington, D.C., to see the signature pink blooms, and this year the centennial makes this event even more special.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
On April 12, 2011, the House Appropriations Committee released a list of proposed cuts in federal programs for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. Nearly every program of interest to the historical and archival communities was reduced. However the fact that some, such as Teaching American History grants, survived is a testament to the dogged lobbying efforts of the National Coalition for History, its constituent organizations and allies in civics education.
Article By: Lee White, executive director of the National Coalition for History
This week we remember Frank Buckles, the last living American veteran of World War I until he passed away less than a week ago. While a government shutdown isn’t news yet, the Washington Post looks back to shutdowns in the past in preparation. Next, we link to two articles this week that advocate for more history education for the public. Then, read about the historical accuracy of recent Oscar films, and consider putting together your own film for a National Library of Medicine contest. Finally, catch up on two history carnivals, look back at William Steinway’s diary and W.E.B. DuBois’ students’ infographics, play an academic guessing game, and check out a new citation app.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Jim Grossman, Pillarisetti Sudhir, and Robert B. Townsend
A recent article, “Down the Memory Hole,” by Linda Greenhouse at the New York Times
anticipates the release of former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s papers. inding Greenhouse’s article (which will appear in Thursday’s What We’re Reading post) led to some internet wandering for more Supreme Court news and resources.
Article By: Elisabeth Grant
The Bureau of the Census in the Department of Commerce is seeking ten nominations for organizations willing to participate on the 2010 Census Advisory Committee (2010 CAC).
In recent news, Obama picks Jon Jarvis for the National Park Service, $116 million goes toward improving the teaching of American history, Governor Tim Kaine supports the Wilderness Battlefield fight, and starting July 27 the public can review the Social Studies-History Standards. We also note two events: a constitutional history graduate course and the Thomas Paine exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. Then, read about some new digital history projects: podcasts from the Gilder Lehrman Institute, digitized records from the Freedmen’s Bureau, and NARA on Flickr. And finally, a review by Peter Green, a report on Historical Thinking in Higher Education, first ladies’ homes, John Brown and Harper’s Ferry, and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11.
Article By: David Darlington, Noralee L. Frankel, Elisabeth Grant, Arnita A. Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
Robert McNamara, Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, died this week at the age of 93. In this edition of What We’re Reading we link to an article from the Washington Post
and to recordings of his exchanges with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Other news-worthy links this week include the release of FBI interviews with Saddam Hussein and the appointment of a military history position. We then point to two upcoming events: a conference on diplomacy in a world of Facebook and the annual National Book Festival. We list a series of interesting articles this week, covering topics of oral history and IRBs, scholarly publishing, and American history. Finally, two digitized finds: the Codex Sinaiticus and a postcard from 1905.
Article By: David Darlington, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita A. Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend
The federal government is currently seeking information on its declassification policies, and is doing so through a blog—offering a high-level test of the value of Web 2.0.
Article By: Robert B. Townsend