Archive for December, 2008

Celebrate Bill of Rights Day December 16, 2008

December 16, 2008

On this day 217 years ago, Virginia became the 10th of 14 states to ratify the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights. With it, American citizens were granted—among others—the freedoms of speech, press, and religion; protection against unreasonable searches and seizures; the privilege against self-incrimination; and the right to counsel, to a speedy and public trial, and to a trial by jury.

Yet despite being declared Bill of Rights Day by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1941 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the ratification, Dec. 15 often goes unnoticed. Don’t let Bill of Rights Day be overlooked this year. Celebrate in Fourth of July fashion with a parade, barbecue, and fireworks. Just make sure not to shoot your eye out.

View the actual Bill of Rights at the National Archives.

Courtesy of the History Channel’s e-newsletter Dec. 16, 2008

For A short time only: Free access to WWII digital archives

December 15, 2008

NARA & Launch Interactive WWII Collection On-Line

In early December and the National Archives and Records Administration unveiled the release of the first-ever interactive World War II collection, which includes an interactive version of the USS Arizona Memorial, WWII Hero Pages and WWII photos and documents previously unavailable on the internet.

Included in the WWII collection is the first-ever interactive version of the USS Arizona Memorial. Similar to the Vietnam War Memorial project that released last March, the USS Arizona Memorial is a fully searchable digital image of the national monument.

In January 2007, partnered with the National Archives and other archives to digitize valuable records and there are currently over 47 million documents and photos on the site.

For a limited time, is providing free access to their National Archives WWII collections that include:

* Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls
* Missing Air Crew Reports
* US Air Force Photos
* Submarine Patrol Reports
* Japanese Air Target Analysis
* Army JAG Case Files
* Navy JAG Case Files
* Naval Press Clippings
* Allied Military Conferences

In addition to the USS Arizona Memorial, is also releasing Hero Pages, an easy way to create a tribute or memorial to our war heroes. These Hero Pages feature an interactive timeline and map, a place to upload photos, documents and letters, and a place to share stories about individuals who fought in WWII. and the National Archives have already created over 9 million Hero Pages from the Army Enlistment Records. invites those who were impacted by World War II to come and find or create a Hero Page. Go to for an even broader selection of World War II related materials