Tag Archives: holiday

Celebrating Presidents’ Day

Last year on Presidents’ Day we explored the holiday’s beginnings: starting in 1880 as a celebration of George Washington’s Birthday, modified in 1971 to fall on a Monday in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, and finally broadened in the 1980s from Washington’s Birthday to Presidents’ Day (learn more in the National Archives Prologue magazine article, “By George, IT IS Washington's Birthday!”). This President’s Day, we look back at past president-related posts featured here on AHA Today. Article By: Elisabeth Grant

History of Halloween

Today, we celebrate Halloween with articles, videos, and lesson plans that cover the origin and history of Halloween. For those not faint of heart, we also have some historical ghost stories; click the links if you dare. By Nike Nivar
October 31, 2011

Remembering Presidents’ Day

The President’s Day holiday was originally called the Washington's Birthday when it was conceived in 1880, and in fact fell on George Washington’s birthday: February 22nd. Today we remember the holiday by looking to resources and lesson plans online on George Washington and a number of other presidents. Article By: Elisabeth Grant

What We’re Reading: December 23, 2010 Edition

Starting off this week we turn to the Google Books Ngram Viewer, a new online tool from Google that allows you to search keywords and phrases in their database of 5.2 million digitized books. The New York Times, Dan Cohen, and T. Mills Kelly have spent some time with the viewer and lend their thoughts. Then, check out a roundup of images: a past and present photo contest from the National Archives, Alaska images from Smithsonian, and WWII Christmas-themed propaganda, also from NARA. Next, two articles look to universities, considering incentives for those who teach online courses and looking at the statistics on undergraduates. Read a number of articles on a variety of topics, including Eric Foner on Lincoln and Obama, a map of slavery from 1860, contention at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, history failing on Broadway, James Madison and the Second Amendment, and professors roundup their favorite books of 2010. Finally, just for fun, the history of fruitcake. Article By: Elisabeth Grant and Vernon Horn
December 23, 2010

What We’re Reading: November 25, 2010 Edition

Happy Thanksgiving! While you devour turkey this afternoon, enjoy some history about this day as a side dish. Two podcasts, one from BackStory and the other from the National Museum of American History, take a look at Thanksgiving from the view of the Puritans, Victorians, American Indians, and even a football player. Then, the National Archives has put together Thanksgiving history paired with related documents and images while the National Women’s History Museum has put together a video on women and Thanksgiving. And finally, the Tea Party considers the Pilgrims… as Socialists? In the news this week, learn about the 2010-11 Rhodes Scholars who have history backgrounds, check out an upcoming National Archives discussion on Lincoln and Haiti, discover how college students can apply to retrace the 1961 Freedom rides, and preview a film on the background of Billie Holiday’s song, Strange Fruit. We also link to maps (on your cell phone and in George Washington’s life), copyright and publishing issues, “archive” as a verb, cheating as a profession, books of the year, and a new film on Lincoln to be directed by Steven Spielberg and star Daniel Day-Lewis. Article By: Contributors: David Darlington, Debbie Ann Doyle, Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Robert B. Townsend.
November 25, 2010