Wishing a Happy 245th Birthday to Old Glory

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The Birth of Old Glory, from Painting by Moran. Percy Moran, artist; photomechanical print, [Red Oak, Iowa]: Thomas D. Murphy, Co., c1917. Prints & Photograph Division, Library of Congress.   On this day in 1777, the Continental Congress passed a resolution adopting a new flag to represent our new nation, the United States of America: … Read more »

President Biden’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2023 Is Now Online

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Every year since 1921, when the Budget and Accounting Act gave the President of the United States the overall responsibility for planning the annual Budget of the United States Government, the Government Publishing Office (GPO) has worked with the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to produce and distribute the President’s budget proposals… Read more »

Celebrate Black History Month with these Government Publications

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“Each February, National Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories are essential to the ongoing story of America — our faults, our struggles, our progress, and our aspirations. Shining a light on Black history today is… Read more »

May Is Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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The month of  May is celebrated annually in the United States as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. (The exact title varies, but the sentiment remains constant.) The reason this particular month was chosen was largely to commemorate two especially significant events: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States… Read more »

Five Government Documents That Will Drive You Batty (in a Good Way)

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  The government document specialists at the Eagle Commons Library can find information on any subject for you. For instance, we can find help you find a children’s book on bats, a conservation book on bats, a book about bat funguses, and even a list of places where you can go to see bats in Texas. Today is International… Read more »

The Handbook of Texas Women Makes Sure History Includes Her Story

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For decades, the Handbook of Texas—produced by the Texas State Historical Association in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin—has been one of the most popular sources of information about Texas history, geography, and culture. Its online incarnation has grown into the largest digital state encyclopedia in the country. As with many popular historical and… Read more »

Hot Springs National Park Turns 100

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Our national parks have partially reopened after being temporarily closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. This reopening comes just in time to celebrate the 100th birthday of Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. Hot Springs was officially designated a national park on March 4, but its history goes back thousands of years. Over… Read more »