April 23, 2017

Featured Source: School strike

The image caption says there is "a group of children and a woman". Which is the woman? How do you know? One child in this image is different than the rest. What is different about this child? Use Google Maps or Google Earth to find the location of the Tilden School. Describe what you find at this intersection today. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: Chicago, Illinois

PSN primary source collections Great Chicago Fire Jane Addams & Hull House John Peter Altgeld Daniel Burnham Frank Lloyd Wright Anarchist Emma Goldman Dizzy Gillespie Louis H. Sullivan Chicago Cubs First American Automobile Race Nuclear Fission PSN featured sources The Red Flag or the Anarchists of Chicago 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition School Strike Chicago collections & teaching resources Chicago: Destination for the Great … [Read more...]

Today in History: Daniel Burnham

Today in History–September 04–the Library of Congress features architect Daniel Burnham, born on this day in 1846. Burnham and his partner, John Wellborn Root, were a central force in the Chicago School of Architecture, which focused on simplicity and functionality. Burnham created plans for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition as well as for the burgeoning city of Chicago. Learn more about this visionary architect by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access … [Read more...]

Today in History: First U.S. Daily Newspaper

Today in History–September 21–the Library of Congress features the beginning of publication of the nation's first daily newspaper, the Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, on this day in 1784. Prior to 1784 the newspaper's publisher, John Dunlap, had published a weekly newspaper. Dunlap's shop had also printed the first broadside copies of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Continuing to serve the changing needs of the government, Dunlap and his partner David Claypoole printed the … [Read more...]