And We’re Back!
Congress has restored funding of appropriated activities and the National Archives has begun to resume normal operations.
· Staff will be recalled in a phased manner and should wait for a call from a supervisor before reporting to work.
· The National Archives Building in Washington, DC and the National Archives at College Park, MD will be closed to the public today, October 17 to give staff time to ensure the proper protection of holdings.
· Facilities around the country, including Presidential Libraries, will open to the public as they complete re-start procedures and are ready to accept visitors from the public.
Please check http://www.archives.gov/ for updates, and we’ll let you know on our various social media channels as the situation changes.
…we will now return to our regularly scheduled Tumblr-ing. We missed you!
Image: First Ladies Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalynn Carter, Betty Ford, Pat Nixon, and Lady Bird Johnson at the Dedication of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library , 11/04/1991.
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This 1965 Corvette Stingray was a gift to LBJ’s daughter Luci on her 18th birthday. Unlike most cars manufactured in the sixties, it was equipped with seat belts.
On September 9, 1966, LBJ signed legislation setting new standards for vehicle safety, which included equipping all cars with seat belts beginning in 1968.
-from the LBJ Library
The tables for the state dinner in honor of President Leone were set with the Johnson china, vermeil flatware, and Morgantown crystal. The flower arrangements included Marguerite daisies, chrysanthemums, snapdragons, miniature carnations, and straw flowers.
Lady Bird Johnson’s wildflower White House china? Souffle au Grand Marnier with Sauce Sabayon? Yes, please.
June 17, 1965. Astronauts Edward White (right) and James McDivitt (left) and their families arrive at the White House. After a ceremony that evening at the State Department, the President makes a surprise announcement that he is sending the astronauts and their wives to Paris for the Air Show—and that they’ll leave at 4am on the Presidential plane.
“After about a half an hour we gathered up Governor Dewey [of New York] and went back to the White House, still without dinner, and here began the funniest part of this crescendo of a day. When the astronauts’ wives came in, I took them back to my office-dressing room and opened up the closet where my evening dresses hang, because what does any woman think about when she hears she’s going to Paris—clothes!”
After a “fashion show” to select the evening gowns they’ll borrow and bring to Paris, Lady Bird also arranges for laundry, noting that their visitors been traveling for several days, and asks the kitchen to prepare dinner for a “starving, bewildered Governor Dewey.”
LBJ Library image A684-17A, public domain. Lady Bird quote from A White House Diary, New York: Dell Books, 1971, pg 317-318.
Opening today at the LBJ Library — “The First Ladies Collection” of Madame Alexander dolls. Shown here are two of the dolls that will be on display, Jaqcueline Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson, both dressed in their inaugural gowns.
The dolls will be on display in the Great Hall of the LBJ Library through November.