Want to bone up on the history you forgot from high school, or maybe never learned? Spending some time on Facebook might be a valid option. Here is an article we wanted to share on a less traditional way to use Facebook.
During the past year or so, a number of federal agencies have filled in the history on their Facebook timelines all the way back to their founding dates.
The White House made the first strike in the spring of 2012, filling out itsFacebook history all the way back to George Washington’s inauguration. Since then, other agencies have followed suit.
The State Department has taken the task most seriously, papering its timeline with articles from its Office of the Historian on diplomatic accomplishments, initiatives and ephemera.
State Department posts vary widely in subject matter, from the Berlin Crisisand the U.S. effort to reconstruct Japan after World War II to lesser-known stories such as a clandestine 1919 visit to Soviet Russia by William Christian Bullitt, an American attaché to the Paris Peace Conference following World War I. Bullitt hoped to broker an agreement with the ruling Bolsheviks to end that nation’s civil war and allow the WWI allies to halt their blockade of that nation.
The Defense Department’s page is less ambitious but still well stocked with notable moments from Pentagon history, such as President Truman’s 1952 establishment of the National Security Agency inside DOD and Eisenhower’s1958 founding of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency known as DARPA.
The Agriculture Department’s page is built more around interesting photosfrom department history than around major policies.
The Labor, Treasury and Justice departments have filled out their agencies’ backstories more sparsely. However, their timelines still share some great facts, such as a 1976 musical commissioned by the Labor Department andthe day the Bureau of Public Debt got its first computer.
As an added bonus, you can also decide which attorney general had the most awesome portrait and spot the occasional silly typo.