Tonight at 7 pm in the William G. McGowan Theater: The National Archives Experience and the Office of Presidential Libraries present an eyewitness account of the impromptu debate between then-Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev on July 24, 1959, at the U.S. National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow. Timothy Naftali, Director of the Nixon Presidential Library, will moderate a panel including former Ambassador Gilbert A. Robinson, who was coordinator of the Exhibition, and Exhibition guides Tatiana Sochurek and George Feifer.
As part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial, one of President Reagan’s personal diaries is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. For Your Day as President we invited children to imagine their own presidential diary entry. They are a great read- insightful, funny, full of love for macaroni and cheese - you can check out a full set of the entries on Flickr.
What would you do if you were President for one day? Recently, we invited children to imagine themselves as president and to create a diary entry to record their day. Here's one response from 10 year old "President Brian." More entries from our would-be young presidents to come.
Today was a very busy day in my life as President:
My favorite part of today was:
When I created a law to let kids vote and be able to drive.
Signed a bill that will: let adults be kids' servants for two hours.
Had my favorite lunch including: pizza.
Had a meeting in the Oval Office to discuss: the different kinds of cheese.
Made time to play with my favorite pet: a dog.
Boarded Air Force One to go to: Asia and meet with the Chinese president.
In July 2010, I was the History Content Scholar for a teacher workshop run by the Bill of Rights Institute in Arlington, Virginia. I accompanied the teachers for a program at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. In addition to viewing the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in…
Elvis’ sideburns. Awesome archivists. Presidential letters. There’s good stuff here.
Imagine President Clinton on the phone with astronauts aboard the Endeavor Space Shuttle. Now, read the transcript between the White House and space:
The Oval Office
12:45 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Can you hear me?
MISSION COMMANDER RONALD GRABE: Mr. President, I believe we hear you, but slightly broken up.
THE PRESIDENT: Well, we can hear you, and we are looking at you. And you all look wonderful.
COMMANDER GRABE: Well, you’re loud and clear now, Mr. President. That’s much better.
THE PRESIDENT: We want to congratulate you on a spectacular launch and on looking so happy. The American people are very reassured watching you on television now.
COMMANDER GRABE: Well, thank you, sir. It’s early in the mission, but we’re very excited about the mission. It’s certainly a multifaceted one and it really does show the versatility of the space shuttle. We’re doing a little bit of everything on this flight.
THE PRESIDENT: I know. I understand one of the things you’re doing is chasing down the Eureca satellite that was put up by the shuttle last July. And I’m especially pleased about that because it shows what we can do in the way of international cooperation as well as science. And I want to congratulate you on that and wish you well.
ASTRONAUT VOSS: Thank you very much, Mr. President. We’ve been working very hard for about a year training for this rendezvous and retrieval. And we’re had a lot of fantastic support both in our own country and our own ground support team, and the international team all over in Europe and we’re looking forward to bringing back great science on Eureca to the Europeans.
THE PRESIDENT: We’re looking forward to that, too. I also understand that David and Jeff will be outside the shuttle practicing for the repair of the Hubbell Telescope and for the future assembly of the space station. And I thought that maybe one of them or both would like to comment on it so people can get a good look at you now, and when they see you outside in your suits they’ll know who they’re seeing.
ASTRONAUT WISOFF: Well, Mr. President, we’re looking very forward to the space walk. We feel proud to be able to represent America. And we’re very happy of your support of the space station. We think it represents the best of America and their pioneering spirit and the NASA team has done a really great job of preparing us for our flight. And I think that both Dave and I just can’t wait to get there.
“Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby created the Office of Archivist of the United States, the Archivist to be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.”—
Act of June 19, 1934 (“National Archives Act”), Public Law 73-432, 48 STAT 1122, “to create a National Archives of the United States Government and for other purposes.”