May 25, 2017

Featured Source: Washington D.C. Invites You to the Opening of Congress

According to this ad, how could you get your free trip to Washington D.C.? How would you get to the U.S. capital from your home town today? How much would it cost? What can you still see now that you could see then? What places would be on your list of "must sees"? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Fall of Washington

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Today in History: The Burning of Washington

Today in History–August 19–the Library of Congress features the burning of the capital city by British troops during the War of 1812. On August 19, 1814 the British landed at Benedict, Maryland. Five days later, on August 24, British forces attacked Washington D.C., setting fire to many government buildings including the White House and the Capitol building (which housed the 3,000-volume Library of Congress at the time) before quickly moving on to Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more by visiting … [Read more...]

Today in History: Washington D.C.

Today in History–July 16–the Library of Congress features Washington D.C. It's designation as the United States capital city was assured on this date in 1790 with the signing of the Residence Act. Learn more about the planning of this singular city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. Primary source items: choosing a capital Capital Location Negotiated Georgetown: Suburb of the New Federal City Location of … [Read more...]