The President Goes to Cuba: 1928

Today's post was written by David Langbart, Archivist at the National Archives at College Park. President Obama will visit Cuba later this month.  It will be only the second time an incumbent President visits that island nation.  The first presidential visitor was Calvin Coolidge in 1928, when he attended the Sixth International Conference of American … Continue reading The President Goes to Cuba: 1928

The End of the Beginning: The United States Breaks Relations with Cuba, 1961

The recent announcement that the United States and Cuba will establish embassies in each other’s capitals signifies the beginning of a second era of formal relations between the two countries.  The first era lasted from 1902, when the U.S. sent its first diplomatic representative to independent Cuba, until January 1961, when the U.S. terminated diplomatic … Continue reading The End of the Beginning: The United States Breaks Relations with Cuba, 1961

Cuban Missile Crisis, Revisited

Today's post is written by Michael Rhodes, an archives technician in the Archives' National Declassification Center.    Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, we are still piecing together the actions of his administration. From the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Record Group 330), a report – probably … Continue reading Cuban Missile Crisis, Revisited

Thanksgiving around the world

Thanksgiving is considered by many to be the quintessential American holiday.  As Thanksgiving 1918 approached, American had more reason than the usual to give thanks.  On November 11, 1918, Germany signed the armistice that brought World War I to an effective end.  In the wake of that event, the United States made an attempt to … Continue reading Thanksgiving around the world

Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)

Given the recent appearance of the development company Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) in the news regarding the case of Alan Gross, the development worker who was jailed in Cuba in 2009 accused of working for U.S. intelligence services, I thought it would be worthwhile to mention that records relating to development projects of DAI can … Continue reading Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)