January 22, 2009
Tuesday marked the inauguration of our 44th President, and in this What We’re Reading we’ve rounded up quite a selection of inauguration-related links. Check out the Lincoln inaugural bible, a number of interactive features, newspaper front pages from around the world, and much more. Or, if you’ve read enough inauguration coverage, scroll down to the other articles we note, including 12 historic preservation destinations, some thoughts on cyber infrastructure, new additions to the Flickr Commons, a new online radio show, and upcoming Lincoln bicentennial events.
- The Lincoln Inaugural Bible, Chapter and Verse
The Library of Congress blog shows images of the Bible President Obama used during his inauguration. It is the same Bible used by Abraham Lincoln when he took the oath of office in 1861.
- TimeSpace: Inauguration
The Washington Post presents an interactive map to visually place events of Inauguration Day. It integrates photos, videos, and text into a D.C. map. Also see the Post’s Inauguration Central page for links to more articles and features.
- Analyzing Obama’s Inaugural Speech
The New York Times has placed the video and transcript of President Obama’s speech side by side. See also the Times’ complete inauguration page.
- Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present
Also from the New York Times, an interactive chart that visually represents the most used words in each presidential address since 1789. Most used word in President Obama’s address? Nation.
- The Crowds Have Grown Bigger, the Hats Shorter
While Obama’s inauguration was no doubt ground breaking, columnist Jim Rutenberg examines a number of firsts from bygone inaugurals, as well as the continuities that draw them together.
- Inauguration Video
MSNBC has posted video of the major parts of President Obama’s election. Also find (through the “Past inaugurals” link on the left side of the screen) video coverage of inaugurations dating back to William McKinley on March 4, 1909.
- Presidential Inauguration 2009 – Archived Front Pages
The Newseum has archived a wide variety of newspaper front pages from around the world that mark the occasion of President Obama’s inauguration.
- Search findings from the U.S. presidential inauguration
Google uses its Google blog to share what people searched for on inauguration day. While many people searched for information on how to watch the inauguration, there were also searches on ceremony participants.
- Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States
Bartleby presents the text of every past inaugural address.
- The White House Blog
At 12:01 pm on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Whitehouse.gov was updated to reflect the inauguration of a new president. But it also marked an addition to the White House web site: a new blog.
- The Inauguration of President Barack Obama
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture blog presents a selection of photos of from the inauguration. Also see their set of photos on the inaugural preparations.
- English Professors Invite Anyone to Contribute to Presidential-Inauguration Blog
The Chronicle’s Wired Campus blog examines “a radically inclusive inaugural anthology,” or more simply a blog set up by two English professors that allows anyone to contribute their inauguration experiences.
What Else We’re Reading
- HNN Video Coverage – Election 2008: How ‘Historic’ Was It?
Thanks to HNN for taping the presentations from our session on "Election 2008: How ‘Historic’ Was It?" and for making them available to more than the 100 or so people who could attend during the 123rd Annual Meeting.
- 2009’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations
The PreservationNation blog, of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, announces this year’s list of “Distinctive Destinations,” which are “vacation destinations across the United States that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization.”
- Scanner Ready
In "Scanner Ready," Dan Cohen suggests that some of the new infrastructure funding should be spent on the cyber infrastructure, and not just projects that encourage the use of more fossil fuels. He proposes a project that involves "scanning of the contents of the Library of Congress," which would provide a useful alternative to the often mediocre efforts of Google.
- Great Scot!
The Flickr blog announces the addition of the National Galleries of Scotland to the Flickr Commons, which we blogged about last month.
- Back Story with the American History Guys
This public radio show, started in May of 2008, is produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and hosted by historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh. Their next program is “Laboratories of Democracy: The State of the States.”
- Lincoln Bicentennial (1809-2009)
For the Lincoln Bicentennial, on February 12, 2009, there are a number of events taking place in the Washington, D.C. area. Check them out on this Lincoln Bicentennial events page.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, Arnita A. Jones, Jessica Pritchard, and Robert B. Townsend