June 27, 2017

Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina

Today in History–February 18–the Library of Congress features Charleston, South Carolina, which surrendered control to Union forces on this date in 1865. Learn more about this southern city that played a leading role in the events leading up to the Civil War by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to numerous related primary sources. Charleston maps Charleston images Charleston chain-gang (film) Charleston sheet music Charleston songs & oral … [Read more...]

Today in History: Montreal

Today in History–November 13–the Library of Congress features Montreal, Canada, captured on this day in 1775 by American troops led by General Richard Montgomery. The occupation was short-lived and Montgomery was killed a few weeks later in a failed attempt to capture Quebec. Fighting between the United States and Canada ended with the War of 1812. Visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn more about these time periods in history as well as resources about Montreal … [Read more...]

Today in History: Atlantic City

Today in History–June 26–the Library of Congress features Atlantic City, New Jersey. On this day in 1879, the first stretch of the Atlantic City boardwalk opened, paving the way for this shoreline spot to become a premier resort destination. Learn more about the boardwalk by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources related to this city on the sea. The Atlantic City boardwalk from America's Library Atlantic City images Films and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Nashville, Tennessee

Today in History–December 16–the Library of Congress features the Battle of Nashville, won by Union forces on this day in 1864. Learn more about the battle by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to learn more about the history and culture of Tennessee's "Music City" through this collection of primary sources. Battle of Nashville primary source set Nashville maps Nashville images from American Memory More Nashville images Nashville songs & oral … [Read more...]

Today in History: San Francisco, California

Today in History–August 5–the Library of Congress features San Francisco, California. On August 5, 1775, the Spanish ship San Carlos, commanded by Juan Manuel de Ayala, entered what would later be called San Francisco Bay. Learn more about this golden city by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. San Francisco maps San Francisco images from American Memory More San Francisco images Before and After the Great … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cleveland, Ohio

Today in History–July 22–the Library of Congress features Cleveland, Ohio. When General Moses Cleaveland and a party of surveyors arrived at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on July 22, 1796, they thought it would make an ideal location for a new town. The city became officially known as Cleveland when the Cleveland Advertiser dropped the first "a" in the city's name to reduce the length of the newspaper's masthead. Learn more about this city on Lake Erie by visiting the Today in History section, … [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...]