Under the Water, Through the Mountain, Deep Underground – Records of Tunnels in the National Register of Historic Places

Payette River Scenic Byway - Payette River Rail Tunnel (National Archives Identifier 7721000) Growing up in New York, we would frequently travel through the Lincoln Tunnel, connecting Manhattan with New Jersey.  There is a scene in the Stephen King book, The Stand, where characters escape New York by making their way across the roofs of … Continue reading Under the Water, Through the Mountain, Deep Underground – Records of Tunnels in the National Register of Historic Places

FDR standing with sunglasses on, 2 men on either side of him, one is the ship captain in dress whites uniform

Keeping in Touch with a Traveling President, 1940

In today’s world, a President of the United States travelling anywhere in the World is constantly in touch with the White House and government agencies through sophisticated and secure means of communications.  The President is literally never out of touch.  This has not always been true. While Presidents have always left Washington, DC, to travel … Continue reading Keeping in Touch with a Traveling President, 1940

Vote Early, Vote Often! Election Day Records in the National Register of Historic Places

PRIMARY ELECTION DAY (National Archives Identifier 545384) Election Day is the annual day set by law for the election of public officials. It is statutorily set by the Federal Government as “the Tuesday after the first Monday in the month of November.” In the records of the National Register of Historic Places, there are about … Continue reading Vote Early, Vote Often! Election Day Records in the National Register of Historic Places

Washington DC Weather and Diplomatic Protocol, 1959

Situated as it is in the mid-Atlantic region, the weather in Washington, DC is extremely variable.  The region experiences four distinct seasons a year, but within each season there can be wild swings in the weather.  This is particularly true in winter and summer.  During the winter, the city can experience days or weeks that … Continue reading Washington DC Weather and Diplomatic Protocol, 1959

Do We Have a Budget?

Until 1980, the failure by Congress to enact funding legislation for U.S. government agencies did not lead to a shutdown.  In that year, however, an interpretation of the 1884 Antideficiency Act by Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti determined that the lack of a funding legislation requires that U.S. government agencies curtail their activities and services, cease … Continue reading Do We Have a Budget?

The Constitution

Guiding Document – Records Related to the Constitution in the National Register of Historic Places

Constitution Day (National Archives Identifier 231832917) In the month of September, the nation observes Constitution Day, the day that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution, as well as individuals who have become U.S. citizens. Constitution Day is observed on September 17 when the delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia, … Continue reading Guiding Document – Records Related to the Constitution in the National Register of Historic Places

Hitting the Books! Colleges and Universities in the Records of the National Register of Historic Places

Colleges and Universities - New York University - New York University knitting course (National Archives Identifier 26427369) August is the traditional time of year when students head off to college (and regular school).  There are a number of college and university properties in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).  My older son is a … Continue reading Hitting the Books! Colleges and Universities in the Records of the National Register of Historic Places

A Room for the Night – Hotels, Motels and Inns found in the Records of the National Register of Historic Places

Photograph of Hotel Tivoli (National Archives Identifier 202800289) It’s July and time for vacation – whether it is the beach, the mountains, or somewhere else, you might find yourself looking for a place for the night for you and your family.  So why not spend the night in anyone of several thousand historic hotels in the National … Continue reading A Room for the Night – Hotels, Motels and Inns found in the Records of the National Register of Historic Places

All Aboard! Train Stations in the Records of the National Register of Historic Places

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt at a Train Station(National Archives Identifier 196066722) Traveling by train is regarded by many as a great way to travel. There are several hundred train stations listed on the National Register of Historic Places (National Archives Identifier 20812721). The gentleman and his wife, pictured above, traveled frequently by train, … Continue reading All Aboard! Train Stations in the Records of the National Register of Historic Places