Dr. Shogan’s Weekly Summary and Social Media Report: February 26-March 1, 2024

On February 27, 2024, Archivist of the United States Dr. Colleen Shogan traveled to St. Louis to congratulate the National Personnel Records Center staff on clearing a backlog of over 600,000 veterans records requests accumulated over the pandemic.

Dr. Shogan gave remarks as part of the backlog elimination ceremony. “This was my top priority as Archivist and we got it done!” she said.

Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-MO) joined Dr. Shogan to celebrate clearing the veterans request backlog. Dr. Shogan was also joined by Field Representative Alex Lawrence from Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) office and Constituent Services Advocate Ben Schneider from Senator Eric Schmitt’s (R-MO) office.

On February 28, 2024, Dr. Shogan posted that she was looking forward to the “Remember the First Ladies,” event she will moderate on March 4, 2024. You can find more information about the event here.

On February 29 (Leap Day), Dr. Shogan posted a photo of U.S. Marine recruits completing a training course in South Carolina in 1984. You can find the original document in the Catalog here.

On March 1, 2024, Dr. Shogan posted that she would be honored to join Secretary Hillary Clinton on March 14 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library for a special conversation about a range of important issues, including preserving and understanding history.

On March 1, 2024, in honor of the kickoff of Women’s History Month and the #ArchivesWomenInSTEM Archives Hashtag Party, Dr. Shogan shared a photo of an airplane factory on the West Coast that was composed almost entirely of women drill press operators during WWII. You can find the original photograph in the Catalog here. Click here for more Women’s History resources at the National Archives.

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