March 31, 2015

Today in History: United States Military Academy at West Point

West Point, United States Military Academy

Today in History–March 16–the Library of Congress features United States Military Academy at West Point, founded on this date in 1802. Located on the Hudson River north of New York City,  West Point is one of the world's oldest military service academies and was attended by many of the nation's leading military commanders.  The academy is well known for its high standards of discipline and scholarship, instituted early on by Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, superintendent at West Point from 1817 to … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

Ceylon

Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon prior to 1972. It has a long rich history. Prime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias was the world's first woman prime minister, serving three terms: 1960-65, 1970-77, and 1994-2000. Sri Lanka country study Sri Lanka timeline BBC Sri Lanka maps U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Sri Lanka) Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Sri Lanka Books, articles and other texts about Sri Lanka Sri Lankan Authors: The South Asian … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Katherine Dunham Selections

Katherine Dunham in the ballet L'Ag'Ya

This collection contains moving and still images, highlighting the dancer’s early explorations as an anthropologist observing movement types and dance forms in Haiti, Trinidad, Martinique, and Jamaica as well as Dunham performing and teaching. Collection resources Images Videos Notes on Dunham's Work Katherine Dunham Timeline Katherine Dunham: A Life in Dance article Additional Dunham resources A Life in Dance: Dunham Created New Forms in Choreography Library of Congress … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Gettysburg Address

Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery

Today in History–November 19–the Library of Congress features the Gettysburg Address, delivered by Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on this date in 1863. Edward Everett, a well-known orator, delivered a two-hour speech. President Abraham Lincoln’s speech lasted only a few minutes. As the Library notes, "In spite of Lincoln's disclaimer that 'the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here,' his brief speech continues to resonate in the American … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Finland

The Russian cathedral and the harbor, Helsingfors, Russia, i.e., Helsinki, Finland

Finland country study Finland maps Finland image set Article: Finnish American Song Finnish song recordings Finland sheet music Conversation: [Finnish composer] Olli Kotekangas & Norman Scribner streaming webcast U.S. veteran oral histories (service in Finland) Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Finland Oral history of a Finnish American from Idaho Kalevala: Finnish National Epic Books, articles and other texts about Finland U.S. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Astronomy

Planisphaerium coeleste : secundum restitutionem Hevelianam et Hallejanam

Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Library collection Understanding the Cosmos primary source iBook Astronomy primary source set Astronomy maps Astronomy images Astronomy books and articles Historical newspaper coverage: astronomy through 1922 Astronomy and other "Onomies" sheet music The old country fiddler on astronomy audio recording Astronomy webcasts Everyday Mysteries: Astronomy (more everyday mysteries) U.S. legislation … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Abolition

A Plan for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery in the United States, without Danger or Loss to the Citizens of the South

Abolition newspapers Anti-Slavery Bugle (weekly) New-Lisbon, Ohio 1845-1861 The Examiner (weekly) Louisville, Kentucky 1847-1849 Primary source collections Abolition primary source set (American Memory collections) History of American Abolitionism 1861 More abolition books & articles Songs Related to the Abolition of Slavery Library of Congress article Abolition sheet music Abolition images Abolition webcasts John Brown primary source collections Frederick … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: South Carolina

Chicora the original name of Carolina

South Carolina stories from America’s Library South Carolina primary source set South Carolina maps South Carolina books & articles South Carolina historical newspapers South Carolina sheet music South Carolina oral histories, songs & dialect recordings South Carolina WPA life histories South Carolina images South Carolina legislation South Carolina Guide to Law Online Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina More U.S. state primary source … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: California

I'm going back to California

California stories from America’s Library California primary source set Curated collections California maps Pictorial Americana: selected images of California California images from American Memory More California images California books & articles California correspondence, reports, printed ephemera & other texts California historic newspapers California sheet music California songs and oral histories California legislation California Guide to Law … [Read more...]

Presidential Spotlight: Warren G. Harding

President Warren G. Harding and his cabinet posed on the White House Lawn, with photographers

Ask students to deduce which man in the picture above is President Warren G. Harding, using specific details from the image to support their answer. Warren G. Harding 1921 presidential inauguration primary source set Warren G. Harding images from American Memory More Warren G. Harding images Featured Source: Biggest Business in the World President Harding and Calvin Coolidge film President Warren Harding’s Love Letters webcast President Harding’s Letters Open to the … [Read more...]