Stephen Leggett of the Library Congress has a fascinating post, with film clips, of Mrs. Hoover’s color movies from the Hoover White House era: Before Jackie Put the White House on TV, Mrs. Hoover Made Home Movies | Library of Congress Blog
A new book on Woodrow Wilson illustrates that religious biography need not be hagiography. Read Chris Gehrz’s review here: When Religious Biography Is Not Hagiography: Woodrow Wilson
Religion at the inauguration: At Trump’s inauguration, Franklin Graham, Cardinal Dolan and four more clergy will pray – The Washington Post
At First Things, Matthew Schmitz offers a very insightful essay about the religious influences on our President-elect: Donald Trump, Man of Faith by Matthew Schmitz | Articles | First Things
On this day in history, George Washington dies on Dec 14, 1799. My wife and I had the opportunity to visit Mount Vernon a few months ago, so the place of his death has a new resonance for us (see photo above.) See a concise review of Washington’s life here: George Washington dies – Dec 14, 1799 – HISTORY.com
A beard, a bachelor, and a bride. The combination could provide the tagline to a modern sitcom. But the presidential election of 1856 was no laughing matter, as an unprecedented sectional feeling of tumult pervaded the nation.
So notes historian Thomas J. Balcerski at Common-place: Beards, Bachelors, and Brides: The Surprisingly Spicy Politics of the Presidential Election of 1856 › Common-placeCommon-place: The Journal of early American Life
Christine Mai-Due of the Los Angeles Times provides a fascinating look at the redo of the Nixon Library: The ‘new’ Nixon library’s challenge: Fairly depicting a ‘failed presidency’ – LA Times