Feels like we could all use a little boost in our warm fuzzy feelings about the United States federal government and civics generally these days, right? Right. Well, here comes the National Archives and Records Administration with a marvelous collection of entertaining GIFs.
In a development that should give hope to everyone prone to misplacing important paperwork, investigative archivists have finally tracked down the long-missing patent for the Wright Brothers’ original flying machine. It’s been in a cave, turns out.
In 1941, just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the men at Fort Stotsenburg in the Philippines had a beard contest. “The Unwritten Record,” a blog run by The National Archives, wrote about the recent find, saying the charming footage was “nestled among shots of city streets and training exercises.”
Paging you genealogy enthusiasts: there’s a project currently in the works to digitize all the records of the Freedman’s Bureau—a pretty major development for anybody tracing her African American roots. And you can help!