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From Memory to History? The Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

1 Dec

If 50th anniversaries of war tend to be the last grand occasion in which the war generation’s veterans and survivors commemorate their war, what do 75th anniversaries do? And for whom?

Geoffrey White and Daniel Martinez reflect on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the Organization of American Historian’s Process: From Memory to History? The Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary

Library of Congress introduces its World War I collections

21 Jul

Gayle Osterberg alerts the public to what the Library of Congress will be offering in the months leading up to the centennial of U.S. entry in the Great War: World War I: Time to Recall What This War Was About | Library of Congress Blog

The Declaration of Independence. It’s Not What You Think.

4 Jul

It is July 4th. Mark Charles, a Navajo Christian, and a 2010 and 2014 visitor to Northwestern College, here offers some uncomfortable commentary on the Declaration of Independence. Source: The Declaration of Independence. It’s Not What You Think. – Native News Online

How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

1 Jul

Historian Joseph Loconte reminds us of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago–and its effects on British officer J.R.R. Tolkien: How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front – The New York Times

From Scouting for Custer to Farming the Plains; The Life and Times of Hairy Moccasin as Seen in the Crow Indian Agency Records

26 Jun

Since June 25th is the anniversary of the defeat of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his command by a combined force of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors at the Battle of Little Bighorn, this archival post by Cody White, Archivist at the National Archives at Denver, seems apropos: From Scouting for Custer to Farming the Plains; The Life and Times of Hairy Moccasin as Seen in the Crow Indian Agency Records | The Text Message

D-Day in Color

6 Jun

 

From the National Archives, posted two years ago, here are some color photos of D-Day, June 6, 1944: Images of the Week: D-Day in Color | The Unwritten Record

The Battle over Remembering Hiroshima

6 Jun

At The Twelve, my history colleague Rebecca Koerselman offers some thoughtful observations and questions about remembering Hiroshima: The Battle over Remembering Hiroshima – THE TWELVE

Memorial Day reflections, with help from C.S. Lewis, Emily Dickinson, and Wilfred Owen

30 May

 

Life Has Never Been Normal, by Aaron Belz.

Source: The Center for Public Justice

The Battlefield Cross

29 May

The first appearance of the “battlefield cross” is a matter of conjecture. It might have been during the Civil War, to signify a dead soldier to be gathered and buried during a truce called for that purpose. Soldier dead were buried in graves in temporary cemeteries near the battlefields, identified by simple wooden plaques. The configuration of the rifle pointed downward with a helmet perched on the stock was a more common sight during World War I and World War II.

Source: The battlefield cross | National Museum of American History

Happy 200th Birthday American Bible Society

11 May

The American Bible Society (ABS) was founded on May 11, 1816 with the goal of distributing copies of the Bible throughout the world.   Endorsed in its time by Francis Scott Key, John Jay, Theodore …

Source: Happy 200th Birthday American Bible Society | the way of improvement leads home

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