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Of Note: Eleanor Roosevelt, Alien Investigator

Posted by: Josh Levy

In summer 1947, a pilot named Kenneth Arnold spotted nine bright objects in the sky over Washington State flying, he said, “like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water.” Reporters shorthanded the description of these objects to “flying saucers.” Sightings proliferated, and Americans fell into breathless speculation. Three years later, an unlikely investigator was on the case: Eleanor Roosevelt.

Monochrome portrait of Kelley, facing camera

Florence Kelley and the Feminist Opposition to the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1920s

Posted by: Josh Levy

In 1921, when the National Woman’s Party drafted a constitutional amendment declaring equal rights for men and women, one of the most formidable opponents of the amendment was a friend and ally in the suffrage movement. Florence Kelley, a leading reformer and head of the National Consumers’ League, feared the amendment would put hard-earned workplace protections in jeopardy.

Image showing the book cover of Eliza Scidmore, The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington's Cherry Trees, by Diana Parsell.

Made at the Library: Eliza Scidmore, Trailblazing Journalist, with Diana P. Parsell

Posted by: Elizabeth Novara

In celebration of Women's History Month, join author Diana P. Parsell as she discusses her recent book Eliza Scidmore: The Trailblazing Journalist Behind Washington’s Cherry Trees with Manuscript Division historian Elizabeth A. Novara and Prints and Photographs Division curator Mari Nakahara. The event will take place online only on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 12:00pm-1:00pm EST. Register for the program here.