A Pirate’s Life For Me

| September 19, 2011

Shiver me timbers!  It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Capt. Jack Sparrow makes a pirate’s life look fun, but most pirates were not as lucky as him.  If caught, most pirates were hung immediately.  Usually only the most notorious ones were captured and brought to trial.  For a historical look at piracy and the [...]

There’s An App for That: The Oyez Project

| September 16, 2011

The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Their website contains transcripts and audio files of oral arguments, case summaries, briefs, voting alignments and more. The oral argument audio collection covers all audio from the 1968 Term through the current 2010 Term. Before 1968, the audio collection is selective. Parts [...]

99th Anniversary of the Titanic Disaster

| April 12, 2011

On April 14, 1912, the world was shocked by the sinking of the Titanic.  Congress convened hearings into the cause of the accident starting on April 19, 1912.  It includes statements and testimony from the captain of the Carpathia, numerous survivors, and various experts in navigation and conduct on the high seas. The testimony is [...]

112th Congress Convenes Today

| January 5, 2011

The 112th Congress officially convenes today. With the government’s embracing of social media and web 2.0 technology, there’s a plethora of options available for keeping track of the latest legislative news. Watch live feed from the floor of the House of Representatives here and take a look at the group photo of the 112th’s Freshmen [...]

Tweet the Bill of Rights?

| December 7, 2010

The U.S. National Archives is holding a Bill of Rights (that great document that contains the first ten amendments to the Constitution) Twitter Contest. Between now and December 15–the 219th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights–The National Archives asks for contest entries that condense each of those amendments into separate bite-sized tweets. [...]

Behind the News: Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations

| November 15, 2010

In the 1970′s, the presence of Nazi persecutors living among Americans came to the forefront of national attention with the deportation case of Hermine Braunsteiner Ryan, a former Nazi woman’s prison camp guard who was living as a housewife in Queens.  Previously, the INS handled suspected Nazi persecutor cases on an individual basis with no [...]

Today Is Veterans Day

| November 11, 2010

Today is Veterans Day.  Originally known as Armistice Day, November 11th was selected as the day of remembrance for the end of World War I.  The date was  specifically chosen because the war came to a  formal end on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.   After World War [...]

Friday Matinee: Duck and Cover!

| October 22, 2010

Get your popcorn ready and grab a snack! Today’s film is an oldie but a goodie: Duck and Cover! Produced and distributed by the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this film was shown to school children throughout the Cold War.  It’s advice is simple – when you see the flash from a nuclear explosion, duck under [...]

Today is Constitution Day

| September 17, 2010

Take a few minutes to celebrate View a “Video Short” from the National Archives. “Acting Chief of Reference at the National Archives Trevor Plante … takes viewers inside the National Archives vaults to see some of his favorite rarely-displayed documents.” Which of our nation’s founders are you most like? Take a quiz to find out. [...]

When in the Course of human events…

| September 3, 2010

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the [...]

Gulf Coast World War II Shipwrecks

| August 16, 2010

The Minerals Management Service, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, manages the energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf.  Using oil industry deep water surveys and conducting its own investigations, MMS has produced a report on the shipwrecks of World War II in the Gulf of Mexico.  [...]

Snapshot in Time: Justice Frankfurter’s Nomination Hearing

| July 21, 2010

In early January 1939, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony about the nomination of Dr. Felix Frankfurter to the Supreme Court.  This Hearing is notable because it was one of the first times a Supreme Court nominee publicly testified on his own behalf before the Committee. Dr. Frankfurter was a controversial appointment.  He served [...]

Thursday Matinee: U.S. Anarctica Expedition 1939-1941

| June 24, 2010

On such a hot day, one wonders what it would be like to be in Antarctica.  Don’t have enough time to take a trip to the bottom of the world?  Take a few minutes and enjoy Antarctica as it was in 1939. This is a color film of Admiral Byrd’s Second Antarctica Expedition taken during [...]