July 21, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Denali National Park

Originally established as Mt. McKinley National Park in 1917, today Denali National Park encompasses 600 million acres of land from low lying taiga forests to the summit of America's tallest peak Denali (20, 310 feet). Learn more about this magical place by clicking the links below. Alaska's High Point from America's Library Mt. McKinley National Park historical newspaper coverage Mount McKinley National Park historical newspaper coverage Teklanika River, Mount McKinley National … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: North American Fur Trade

Articles Before Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access Exploration of the Missouri River & British Passage to the Pacific sections) After Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access the Fur Trade section) A Fortune Made from Fur: John Jacob Astor Inside Adams blog July 23, 2012  The Economic History of the Fur Trade: 1670 to 1870 by Ann M. Carlos, … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Alaska Line

For each of the following questions, use specific details from the map to support your conclusions (zoom into this map online or download a larger image). Who created this map? How do you know? Why do you think this map was created? Who do you think the audience might have been when it was published in 1934? How many different transportation lines are represented on this map? How many different modes of transportation are represented? Choose two points (look for the red points and find the … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Alaska

Alaska stories from America's Library Alaska primary source set Alaska maps Alaska images Alaska books Alaska reports & other texts Alaska sheet music Alaska songs Veteran oral histories: Alaska service Alaska films Alaska legislation Alaska Guide to Law Online Alaska Purchase primary source collections & teaching resources Iditarod primary source collection Harriman Alaska Expedition: Chronicles & Souvenirs May to August … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Muir

Today in History–July 19–the Library of Congress features naturalist John Muir, who captured his experience of awakening in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California on this day in 1869. Read his thoughts and find out more about the subsequent founder of the Sierra Club by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related resources. Books by John Muir The mountains of California by John Muir, 1894 My first summer in the Sierra by John Muir, … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Burroughs

Today in History–April 3–the Library of Congress features writer and naturalist John Burroughs, born on this day in 1837. Learn more about this contemporary of John Muir and Henry David Thoreau by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images and some of his writings and photographs as well as more environment and conservation teaching resources and primary sources from the Library. Winter sunshine by John Burroughs (1876) "In Warbler Time" by John … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska Purchase

Today in History–March 30–the Library of Congress features the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia, which Secretary of State William Seward agreed to on this day in 1867. Opponents of the $7.2 million purchase called it "Seward's Folly" but opinions changed following the discovery of gold and, later, oil. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. Alaska Purchase from America's Library Meeting of Frontiers: Alaska - The Alaska … [Read more...]

Today in History: Iditarod

Today in History–March 20–the Library of Congress features the Iditarod, won by Libby Riddles on this day in 1985, the first win for a woman. The next three Iditarod races were also won by a woman, Susan Butcher (she won for the fourth time in 1990). Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images related to the Iditarod trail, dog sledding in general and the state of Alaska. You might also be interested in learning about Michigan's Upper … [Read more...]

Today in History: Gold Discovered in California

Today in History–January 24–the Library of Congress features gold, discovered in California on this day in 1848. The discovery was first met with skepticism and the California gold rush did not begin in full receiving an endorsement from President James Polk in December, 1848. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to discover gold-related primary sources and other resources from across the Library. Teaching resources Featured Source: The Way They … [Read more...]

Today in History: Andrew Johnson

Today in History–December 29–the Library of Congress features Andrew Johnson, born on this date in 1808. Learn more about our nation’s 17th president (1865-69), a self-educated career politician and infamous for being one of two presidents impeached by the House of Representatives (both were acquitted in trials by the Senate) by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources about President Johnson and his impeachment … [Read more...]