White House Photographer Eric Draper at the Nixon Library This Thursday
Eric Draper, served as President George W. Bush’s chief photographer for the entire eight years of his presidency. Named Special Assistant to the President, Draper became the first White House photographer to be named a commissioned officer to the President.
Draper will be at the Nixon Presidential Library in Yorba Linda, California on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 pm. to talk about his experiences capturing the American Presidency.
This event is cosponsored by the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, the Richard Nixon Foundation and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. To reserve your seats for this free event, visit nixonfoundation.org.
Today is the Day of Remembrance for Japanese Americans Interned During WWII
On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 granting the War Department broad powers to create military exclusion areas. Although the order did not identify any particular group, in practice it was used almost exclusively to intern Americans of Japanese descent.
Although there were no reliable reports that Japanese-Americans on the United States West Coast presented a subversive threat, on March 2, 1942 the military declared California, Oregon and Washington State strategic areas from which Americans of Japanese decent were to be excluded.
More than 110,000 Japanese-Americans (64% of whom were American-born citizens) were required to abandon their homes and jobs and to live in 10 relocation camps.
The United States Supreme Court finally ruled that continued detention without cause was unconstitutional, and the military relocation order was rescinded in December 1944.
Japanese Americans near trains during Relocation. Circa 1942.
Baggage check during Japanese Relocation. Circa 1942.
Exclusion order posted at First and Front Streets in San Francisco directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry from the first section of the city to be affected by evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration., ca. 07/1942.
Photograph of Dust Storm at Manzanar War Relocation Authority Center, 07/03/1942.
-from the FDR Library
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Major Eisenhower Enters Infantry School
It was a very clever trick that resulted in then-Major Dwight D. Eisenhower first arriving at Fort Logan as a recruiting officer. General Fox Conner, Eisenhower’s mentor and friend, knew that Eisenhower wanted to study at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia and that the Chief of Infantry (who had complete control over which infantry officers went to Infantry School) would not send him.
When Conner arranged for Major Eisenhower to go to Fort Logan on recruitment duty, he was temporarily transferred from the infantry to the Adjunct General’s Office. From there, Eisenhower was able to be detailed to Infantry School.
On February 17, 1946, Chief of Staff of the Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to the fort as part of an Army inspection tour. The itinerary for the whirlwind inspection of Fort Logan indicates that his schedule allowed just 55 minutes to meet the command, examine 11 different sections and take a post tour. Fort Logan was his last stop of the day after making similar examinations of Fitzsimmons General Hospital and Lowry Army Air Field.
PHOTO CAPTION: Quarters #17 at Fort Logan, Colorado. This was Major Eisenhower’s residence from December 15, 1924 to August 19, 1925.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Happy Presidents’ Day Weekend!
Or maybe not…the official title of Monday’s holiday has actually been “George Washington’s Birthday” since its establishment in 1879.
Never mind that this holiday hasn’t fallen on Washington’s actual birthday in nearly fifty years or that a certain 16th President also celebrates his big day this month (more on that here). Grab a slice of cake and tip your party hats to our first President and the 43 that have come after him - including Our Presidents’ own fab thirteen!