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Patricia Nixon’s Centennial Birthday
In 2012 The National Archives and the Presidential Libraries are celebrating the centennials of Patricia Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson.  In the coming year we’ll feature stories and photos about these two women, and celebrate modern American First Ladies.
Here, Pat with children from Washington D.C. on the White House lawn.  One of her initiatives as First Lady was the Summer in the Parks program for D.C. youth.
Patricia Nixon
March 16, 1912 - June 22, 1993

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Patricia Nixon’s Centennial Birthday

In 2012 The National Archives and the Presidential Libraries are celebrating the centennials of Patricia Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson.  In the coming year we’ll feature stories and photos about these two women, and celebrate modern American First Ladies.

Here, Pat with children from Washington D.C. on the White House lawn.  One of her initiatives as First Lady was the Summer in the Parks program for D.C. youth.

Patricia Nixon

March 16, 1912 - June 22, 1993

Lady Gregory, 1900.
Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852-1932) was an Irish dramatist and folklorist. Born into the Anglo-Irish landlord class, Lady Gregory was a major figure in the revival of traditional Irish culture.  She co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn.  In addition to writing plays for both companies, Lady Gregory produced several books of Irish mythology. 
Coole Park, Lady Gregory’s Galway home, served as a meeting place for such as George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge, Sean O’Casey, Robert Browning, Lord Tennyson, and Henry James.  Today Coole Park is a nature reserve open to visitors.  

Lady Gregory, 1900.

Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852-1932) was an Irish dramatist and folklorist. Born into the Anglo-Irish landlord class, Lady Gregory was a major figure in the revival of traditional Irish culture.  She co-founded the Irish Literary Theatre and the Abbey Theatre with William Butler Yeats and Edward Martyn.  In addition to writing plays for both companies, Lady Gregory produced several books of Irish mythology. 

Coole Park, Lady Gregory’s Galway home, served as a meeting place for such as George Bernard Shaw, John Millington Synge, Sean O’Casey, Robert Browning, Lord Tennyson, and Henry James.  Today Coole Park is a nature reserve open to visitors.  

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Girl Scouts practice archery at Camp Sunset Lake, Portage County, Wisconsin, ca. 1932.
via: McMillan Memorial Library

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Girl Scouts practice archery at Camp Sunset Lake, Portage County, Wisconsin, ca. 1932.

via: McMillan Memorial Library

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Fifty years ago, Jacqueline Kennedy went on a goodwill trip to India and Pakistan. Here’s the First Lady at the Taj Mahal, Agra, India. March 15, 1962.  
Photo gallery - Jacqueline Kennedy in India and Pakistan

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Fifty years ago, Jacqueline Kennedy went on a goodwill trip to India and Pakistan. Here’s the First Lady at the Taj Mahal, Agra, India. March 15, 1962. 

Photo gallery - Jacqueline Kennedy in India and Pakistan


Photographer Elinor Wiltshire captures a very direct stare from a woman shopping on Moore Street, Dublin in 1964.
(The girl in the plaid dress can be seen in another photo from the same day)

Photographer Elinor Wiltshire captures a very direct stare from a woman shopping on Moore Street, Dublin in 1964.

(The girl in the plaid dress can be seen in another photo from the same day)

One Year of Cool Chicks from History!

A total of 1,010 posts with at least one non-reblog post a day.

History Spotlight blog and editor on the History Tag.

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The first Cool Chicks from History post (special thanks to those first five likes and reblogs).

Most popular posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (thanks to tumblr radar), 6

Some favorite posts (in no particular order): Nahienaena’s Paū, Swiss SuffragePrincess Elizabeth Bagaya, Roller Derby Queen, Ladybird at HeadstartElizabeth Eckford and Grace Lorch, the 6888thThe O’Halloran Girls, The Wedding of Alberta HillDevi Dja, Febb Burn, Zenobia, CWAC, Dorothy Quick and Mark Twain, Helen Hitchcock, "We had abortions", Ideal, not actual policewoman, Ostriches, all the Freedom Riders

Favorite reblog: Black Flower in the White House

Los Angeles Times
February 13, 1979


It wasn’t a plane. It wasn’t a bird. It wasn’t even Wonder Woman. It was a stunt. On Monday, stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil plunged 127 feet from atop the Valley Hilton in Sherman Oaks into an inflated air bag at the pool deck—as the scene was being filmed for an upcoming two-hour special episode of the Wonder Woman series. A Warner Brothers spokeswoman said Miss O’Neil, who is deaf, established a new high fall record and broke her own previous mark of 120 feet. Before the leap, Miss O’Neil practiced by making two 10-story jumps. After the leap, she rode to the airport for a return flight to Bonneville, Utah, where she’s attempting to set a new world land speed record in her jet powered car.


Kitty O’Neil (born 1948) was a deaf stuntwoman and racer.  She set speed records in both driving and water skiing in addition to performing stunts for films such as The Blues Brothers.  Stockard Channing portrayed Kitty O’Neil in a 1979 TV movie.  
In 1986, Kitty retired to South Dakota.  

Los Angeles Times

February 13, 1979

It wasn’t a plane. It wasn’t a bird. It wasn’t even Wonder Woman. It was a stunt. On Monday, stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil plunged 127 feet from atop the Valley Hilton in Sherman Oaks into an inflated air bag at the pool deck—as the scene was being filmed for an upcoming two-hour special episode of the Wonder Woman series. A Warner Brothers spokeswoman said Miss O’Neil, who is deaf, established a new high fall record and broke her own previous mark of 120 feet. Before the leap, Miss O’Neil practiced by making two 10-story jumps. After the leap, she rode to the airport for a return flight to Bonneville, Utah, where she’s attempting to set a new world land speed record in her jet powered car.

Kitty O’Neil (born 1948) was a deaf stuntwoman and racer.  She set speed records in both driving and water skiing in addition to performing stunts for films such as The Blues Brothers.  Stockard Channing portrayed Kitty O’Neil in a 1979 TV movie.  

In 1986, Kitty retired to South Dakota.  

Carolyn Hawkins Edison, wife of the Acting Navy Secretary views prize winning needlework of girl scouts in Washington, D.C.  Fifteen year old Katherine Raymond and Mrs. Edison are looking at the sampler which won the intermediate Girl Scout prize for Betty Taylor, Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Ill.
November 4, 1939

Carolyn Hawkins Edison, wife of the Acting Navy Secretary views prize winning needlework of girl scouts in Washington, D.C.  Fifteen year old Katherine Raymond and Mrs. Edison are looking at the sampler which won the intermediate Girl Scout prize for Betty Taylor, Illinois School for the Deaf in Jacksonville, Ill.

November 4, 1939

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The Girl Scouts “Little House”
The “Little House” was set up in the early 1920s in Washington, DC to serve as the headquarters for demonstrating the home-making activities of the Girl Scouts.
First Lady Lou Hoover was closely involved with the Girl Scouts.  In 1930 Mrs. Hoover commissioned a New York craftsman to make, at her expense, an exact reproduction doll house of the original “Little House,” including dolls dressed in Scout uniforms and even the paper on the walls.  See it here.
Happy 100th birthday to the Girl Scouts of America!

It is still Girl Scout Cookie season, find cookies here.

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The Girl Scouts “Little House”

The “Little House” was set up in the early 1920s in Washington, DC to serve as the headquarters for demonstrating the home-making activities of the Girl Scouts.

First Lady Lou Hoover was closely involved with the Girl Scouts.  In 1930 Mrs. Hoover commissioned a New York craftsman to make, at her expense, an exact reproduction doll house of the original “Little House,” including dolls dressed in Scout uniforms and even the paper on the walls.  See it here.

Happy 100th birthday to the Girl Scouts of America!

It is still Girl Scout Cookie season, find cookies here.

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Congratulations to the Girls Scouts on their 100 year anniversary today!
First Lady Pat Nixon speaking with Girl Scouts during her visit to their New York City headquarters.
In 2012 we’re celebrating the centennials of two First Ladies, Patricia Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson, and the Girl Scouts.  Woo hoo for the ladies!
from the Nixon Library, Photo # C2907-14

More Girl Scout photos here.

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Congratulations to the Girls Scouts on their 100 year anniversary today!

First Lady Pat Nixon speaking with Girl Scouts during her visit to their New York City headquarters.

In 2012 we’re celebrating the centennials of two First Ladies, Patricia Nixon and Lady Bird Johnson, and the Girl Scouts.  Woo hoo for the ladies!

from the Nixon Library, Photo # C2907-14

More Girl Scout photos here.

Sadia Shepard is the daughter of a Christian and a Muslim.  She is also the granddaughter of a Jew.  Her maternal grandmother was born into the Bene Israel community as Rachel, but her marriage to a polygamous Muslim man transformed her into Rahat.  After her grandmother’s death, Sadia accepted a Fullbright Fellowship to document the small Bene Israel community still living in India in the early 00s.   A memoir rather than a direct history, The Girl from Foreign documents Sadia’s family history, the history of the Bene Israel, and her own journey as a researcher
The Bene Israel are said to be descended from the survivors of a shipwreck on the Konkan coast of India.  Isolated from the larger Jewish community, the Bene Israel retained many Jewish customs (circumcision, dietary laws, Shabbat), but lacked religious texts and scholars.  They resembled their non-Jewish Maratha neighbors in appearance and shared their language.  The Bene Israel were reconnected to the wider Jewish world in the 18th century through contact with Indian Cochin Jews and Arabic Jewish merchants.  They rose to prominence under British colonial rule as they faced less discrimination from the British than did their non-Jewish neighbors.  After Indian Independence, the majority of Bene Israel immigrated to Israel.  
The Girl from Foreign is as much a travelogue as it is a history.  The history of the Bene Israel are explored, but the reader also learns about the automatic challenge faced by a researcher with a Muslim name contacting an isolated Jewish community.  If you’re interested in the Jewish diaspora or the complex religious history of the Indian subcontinent, this book is a fascinating read.

Sadia Shepard is the daughter of a Christian and a Muslim.  She is also the granddaughter of a Jew.  Her maternal grandmother was born into the Bene Israel community as Rachel, but her marriage to a polygamous Muslim man transformed her into Rahat.  After her grandmother’s death, Sadia accepted a Fullbright Fellowship to document the small Bene Israel community still living in India in the early 00s.   A memoir rather than a direct history, The Girl from Foreign documents Sadia’s family history, the history of the Bene Israel, and her own journey as a researcher

The Bene Israel are said to be descended from the survivors of a shipwreck on the Konkan coast of India.  Isolated from the larger Jewish community, the Bene Israel retained many Jewish customs (circumcision, dietary laws, Shabbat), but lacked religious texts and scholars.  They resembled their non-Jewish Maratha neighbors in appearance and shared their language.  The Bene Israel were reconnected to the wider Jewish world in the 18th century through contact with Indian Cochin Jews and Arabic Jewish merchants.  They rose to prominence under British colonial rule as they faced less discrimination from the British than did their non-Jewish neighbors.  After Indian Independence, the majority of Bene Israel immigrated to Israel. 

The Girl from Foreign is as much a travelogue as it is a history.  The history of the Bene Israel are explored, but the reader also learns about the automatic challenge faced by a researcher with a Muslim name contacting an isolated Jewish community.  If you’re interested in the Jewish diaspora or the complex religious history of the Indian subcontinent, this book is a fascinating read.

Woman mending fishing net, Lithuania

Woman mending fishing net, Lithuania

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A suffragette stand at the Women’s Exhibition of 1909, in a photograph taken by Christina Broom, the first British female press photographer.

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A suffragette stand at the Women’s Exhibition of 1909, in a photograph taken by Christina Broom, the first British female press photographer.

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A 1963 photograph of laboratorian Gail Wathen performing an examination of an agar culture Petri dish inoculated with Salmonella typhi and typed using bacteriophage methods.

A 1963 photograph of laboratorian Gail Wathen performing an examination of an agar culture Petri dish inoculated with Salmonella typhi and typed using bacteriophage methods.