Ike’s 1919 Road Trip
As you embark on summer roadtrips, let’s hope you find better roads and bridges than Colonel Eisenhower did on the route of the 1919 Transcontinental Motor Convoy.
These photos with handwritten notes are from Eisenhower Library.
Happy Fourth of July!
Crowds attend the 1954 fireworks on the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background during the Eisenhower administration, 1954.
White House staff members watch Fourth of July fireworks from the White House lawn. The Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial are in the background. Nixon administration, 1969.
Follow this year’s festivities from the 4th at the U.S. National Archives and a live reading of the Declaration of Independence here!
Lou Hoover in China
While living in China on June 17, 1900, the Chinese army joined the Boxer Rebellion and attacked the city of Tientsin. The Hoovers and other foreigners found themselves under siege until June 23.
Lou was fearless, writing her friend, “you should have been here, at the most interesting siege and bombardment of the age.”
-from the Hoover Library
Today in history — FDR Approves the National Archives Act
On June 19, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed “An Act to establish a National Archives of the United States Government, and for other purposes.” Read more from Prologue Magazine.
Photo: An image of the construction of the National Archives Building is from June 1934, the month that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the National Archives Act.
Happy Birthday to Us!
Truman and Stalin, in Color
Another great color photo of President Truman with someone you might not expect – Joseph Stalin.
Truman and Stalin met while attending the Potsdam Conference in Germany in July of 1945, shortly after the end of World War II in Europe.
The first meeting between Harry S. Truman and President Franklin D. Roosevelt after Truman won the Democratic Vice-Presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention. 8/18/44.