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This guide map shows some of the first park boundaries, ranger stations, trails and more of the Shenandoah National Park in 1937. In 1924 the federal government began looking for land in the southern Appalachian Mountains to create a large national…

2nd Lt. Alice C. Thompson, L-201903, is shown with a WAC (Women's Army Corps) Honor Platoon that received Good Conduct Ribbons as one of the features of WAC Day, Saturday, February 19, 1944. The ribbons were awarded to enlisted personnel who had…

During World War II the American government asked civilians to participate in the war effort. A common way for the government to communicate with civilians was through posters hung in public places. Inspirational, informative, instructive,…

The 1936 election came on the heels of FDR's second New Deal. This second round of programs included the Social Security Act and the Works Progress Administration. The Democratic Congress also passed tax revision, raising tax rates for those with…

In the early- to mid-1930s, the Virginia State Commission on Conservation and Development’s Division of History and Archaeology received funds from the Works Progress Administration’s (WPA) Federal Art Project to commission five artists to create…

This Document Bank of Virginia resource has two entries; click the titles below to read more.Prejudice Behind the BeautyThis Document Bank of Virginia entry has been contributed by University of Richmond student Meghann Lewis (LAIS 309- Spanish…

This World War II–era booklet is one in a series produced by the Kelvinator appliance company as part of a “wartime idea exchange for home economists.”  Kelvinator held a national contest for home economists and published the top 40…

The Atlantic hurricane season is officially from 1 June to 30 November, with the season’s peak occurring between August-October. During the very active hurricane season of 1933, the Chesapeake-Potomac Hurricane hit coastal Virginia on 23 August…

During World War II the American government asked civilians to participate in the war effort. A common way for the government to communicate with civilians was through posters hung in public places. Inspirational, informative, instructive,…

On June 6, 1944, soldiers of the Allied Expeditionary Force stormed the beaches of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord, often referred to as D-Day. Approximately 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile…
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