November 16, 2018

Citizen U: Lessons Infusing Civics Across the Curriculum

The Citizen U curriculum is a collaboration between the Barat Education Foundation (BEF), Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (DePaul OIPL) and was developed thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.The goal of the Citizen U curriculum is to infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. Working with … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Nikola Tesla

Topics in Chronicling America - Nikola Tesla timeline & select newspaper articlesMore Nikola Tesla historical newspaper coverageFeatured Source: Tesla’s 1922 Future Tech Predictions guided primary source analysis activityMessages to and from Outer Space Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and BeyondPoems of Personality "Tesla"Another Tesla portraitTesla Memorial Society of New YorkTesla: Master of Lightning from PBS … [Read more...]

Featured Image: 1894 Telephone Lines

Directory Instructions for placing a telephone call. A careful observance of the following will aid materially in securing good service:To call Central Office, give the bell crank one sharp turn; then take the hand telephone from the hook; place it firmly against the ear and listen for the operator, who should answer, “What number?”Give the operator the number of the station desired and the exchange within which such station is located.  For example: “NEW YORK: Cortlandt 1520;  … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Transcontinental Telegraph & the End of the Pony Express

Today in History–October 24–the Library of Congress features the transcontinental telegraph system was completed on this day in 1861, which signaled the rapid demise of the short-lived Pony Express. Learn more about these methods of long-distance communication by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources.First Transcontinental Telegraph System Was Completed from America's LibraryPacific telegraph primary source setOverland … [Read more...]