April 27, 2017

Today in History: Robert Penn Warren

Today in History–September 15–the Library of Congress features writer Robert Penn Warren, who died on this date in 1989. A novelist and poet who won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel All the Kings Men and two Pulitzers for his poetry, Warren was also a teacher, critic. He also served as poetry consultant for the Library from 1944-45 and as U.S. poet laureate in 1986. Discover more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fiddler Henry Reed

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features musician Henry Reed, born on this date in 1884 in West Virginia. Reed was a master fiddler as well as banjo and harmonica player who learned most of the tunes he played by ear and had hundreds of songs committed to memory. He never played professionally but became well known after Duke University graduate students Karen and Alan Jabbour began to tape his fiddling. Find out more about this master musician by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Cedar and wood carvings

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Featured Source: European Immigration

According to the map, to which country in Europe are most legal immigrants going? From which countries are they coming? How do you know? What three steps were many West European countries taking in response to rising immigration numbers in 1992? What can you find out about current immigration to West European countries? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Indian Timothy Memorial Bridge

The caption lists the date of creation of this photo to be 1993. Do you think the bridge was built around the same time as the photo was taken? Why or why not? Look carefully at details in the photograph and the bibliographic record. What purpose do you think this bridge serves? Can you find this bridge on a map? What else can you find out about this bridge? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Space Shuttle F-1 Engine

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Today in History: Harriet Powers & Quilting

Today in History–October 29–the Library of Congress features quilter Harriet Powers, born on this day in 1837. Harriet Powers used a traditional appliqué technique to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events. Find out more about the quilting tradition by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this folk art form. Quilts Preserve Memories (America's Library) Stitch a Quilt (America's Library) Quilts and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Iditarod

Today in History–March 20–the Library of Congress features the Iditarod, won by Libby Riddles on this day in 1985, the first win for a woman. The next three Iditarod races were also won by a woman, Susan Butcher (she won for the fourth time in 1990). Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images related to the Iditarod trail, dog sledding in general and the state of Alaska. You might also be interested in learning about Michigan's Upper … [Read more...]

Today in History: Leontyne Price

Today in History–February 10–the Library of Congress features singer Leontyne Price, born on this date in 1927. This opera star earned 18 Grammy awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Learn more about Price by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources about opera from across the Library. Leontyne Price Born from America's Library Leontyne Price image set #Opera Before Instagram: Portraits, 1890–1955 online exhibition Opera song … [Read more...]