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From the Archives: A Company Thanksgiving

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Many families have their own Thanksgiving traditions that they faithfully recreate each November—Grandma’s stuffing, Aunt Jean’s serving platter, homemade cranberry sauce, or an insistence upon the canned sauce with ridges. After the meal, it may be nap time or football time. But the most common tradition is cooking and eating a big, fat Thanksgiving turkey.   …Continue Reading

In the Archives: The Good Old Hockey Game

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This summer, I took myself out to the ball game, spending hours at Camden Yards and Nationals Park, with quick side trips to Fenway Park and U.S. Cellular Field (part of me will always believe the White Sox still play at Comiskey). Fall Sundays are devoted to football and memories of my team back in   …Continue Reading

#AskAnArchivist on Twitter Kicks Off American Archives Month

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In a way, every day is Ask An Archivist Day. The National Air and Space Museum Archives receives queries from our online request form at every hour of the day from all over the world. But October 1 marks the beginning of American Archives Month, in which archival institutions throughout the United States celebrate their   …Continue Reading

Celebrating Labor Day with the Thompson Trophy

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Labor Day became a national holiday in the United States in 1894, codifying what had become an American tradition of celebrating the work of labor unions with parades, picnics, and other festivities. During the 1920s and 1930s, the National Air Races were also becoming a Labor Day tradition, often held in Cleveland, Ohio. Labor Day 1932 fell on September   …Continue Reading

Swimming with the WASPs

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As summer heats up in Washington, DC, swimming pool attendance skyrockets. For Women Air Service Pilots (WASPs) training to fly military aircraft during World War II at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, a dip in the pool was more than fun and games. For any pilot, there exists the possibility of an aircraft going down   …Continue Reading