From the Smithsonian:
Yesterday, our National Museum of American History added more items to its LGBTQ History collection. The items are not on view yet, but you can see many of them online now.
LGBTQ History is an important part of the American experience and the Smithsonian is committed to making sure these stories are told. In a blog post, a curator reflects on collecting and interpreting LGBTQ material culture.
From the Presidential Libraries:
Happy Birthday President Clinton!
Here’s a list of Bill Clinton’s favorite books, in alphabetical order by author:
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou.
- The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker.
- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63, Taylor Branch.
- Living History, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
- Lincoln, David Herbert Donald.
- Four Quartets, T.S. Eliot.
- Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison.
- The Way of the World: From the Dawn of Civilizations to the Eve of the Twenty-First Century, David Fromkin.
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez.
- The Cure at Troy: A Version of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, Seamus Heaney.
- King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed,Terror,and Heroism in Colonial Africa,Adam Hochschild.
- The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis.
- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius.
- Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics, Reinhold Niebuhr.
- Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell.
- The Evolution of Civilizations: An Introduction to Historical Analysis, Carroll Quigley.
- The Confessions of Nat Turner, William Styron.
- Politics as a Vocation, Max Weber.
- You Can’t Go Home Again, Thomas Wolfe.
- Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright.
- The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats, William Butler Yeats.
Photo: President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore view the Constitution of the United States in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives. Washington, DC. 7/19/95.
-from the Clinton Library
Image description: In case you missed it, yesterday was Left Handers Day. Did you know several of our presidents were southpaws?
From the Presidential Libraries:
If you’re a southpaw, you’re in good Presidential company. Many of our U.S. Presidents have been left-handed, including Harry S. Truman, Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.
Both Presidents Truman and Reagan were switched to writing with their right hands as young school children, but photos show them favoring the left in other activities. It’s widely believed that Herbert Hoover was also left-handed, but archivists at the Hoover Library tell us that they’ve found no documentation - it’s just left hander’s lore.
Happy International Left Handers Day!
Image description: In case you missed it, Smokey Bear turned 70 over the weekend!
From the National Archives:
Smokey Bear turned 70 yesterday - debuting in a U.S. Forest Service poster on August 9, 1944.
In our online catalog we found two versions of a Smokey Bear poster, from that same 1940s-era as Smokey’s original debut. One image is of the original artwork; and the other a slightly different final poster. (In the final version it appears Smokey reverted from the academic regalia in favor his standard issue uniform of a ranger’s campaign hat and dungarees):
Smokey Bear in professor gown…lecturing a small bear cub.
From the series: Original Artwork for World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945
SMOKEY SAYS - HOLD `TIL IT’S COLD… PREVENT FOREST FIRES,
From the series: World War II Posters, 1942 - 1945
Learn more at Smokey’s Journey!