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2013 Inauguration Event Resources

2009 Inauguration on Capitol Hill

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Inauguration Station

BackStory with the American History Guys bobbleheads

BackStory with the American History Guys bobbleheads

Watch BackStory with the American History Guys' special Inauguration 2013 program online

On January 19, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hosted a live event featuring the public radio program Backstory with the American History Guys during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in  2013. The History Guys-- renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh—discussed inaugural history and second term presidencies. The program featured as one of its guests Smithsonian curator Harry Rubenstein who presented objects from the National Collection.

Broadcast on CSPAN-3, video of the event is available online.

You can also watch a slideshow of photographs and artifacts from inaugurations past, and download a BackStory podcast on inaugural history.

Or watch the American History Guys on CNN, discussing the history of presidential inaugurations, second terms and second inaugurals in US history, and the role of the Bible in presidential inaugurations.

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Presidential History

Photograph of ceiling mural by Allyn Cox, east central portico, U.S. Capitol

Photograph of ceiling mural by Allyn Cox, east central portico, U.S. Capitol. Image courtesy of Library of Congress

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Fashions and Customs

Michelle and Barack Obama walking in the inaugural parade, 2009. Courtesy of Paul Morse

Michelle and Barack Obama walking in the inaugural parade, 2009. Courtesy of Paul Morse. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian

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Speeches and Songs

Distance view of President Truman's inaugural parade showing the limousine of Gov. Tuck of Virginia., 01/20/1949

Distance view of President Truman's inaugural parade showing the limousine of Gov. Tuck of Virginia., 01/20/1949. Image courtesy of the National Archives.

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Teaching and Learning

Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone administering the oath of office to Harry S. Truman in the Cabinet Room of the White House, April 12, 1945

Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone administering the oath of office to Harry S. Truman in the Cabinet Room of the White House, April 12, 1945. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Participating Agencies

The resources on this page were compiled by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the National Archives, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

 

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