September 20, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson was a trained biologist and a best-selling author. In her writing, Carson presented scientific facts from an ecological perspective in a poetic writing style. She made science interesting and understandable to regular people. She was best known for her books Silent Spring and The Sea Around Us. Her writing about ecology and the dangers of pesticides was essential to the start of the environmental movement. Rachel Carson stories from America's Library Ecology for … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

New Year's primary source collection Valentine's Day primary source collection St. Patrick's Day St. Patricks Day (stories, images, music) Today in History: St. Patricks Day (March 17) St. Patricks Day in America St. Patricks Day images April Fools' Day primary source collection Easter Easter: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933 Chicago History Museum Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymns Arbor Day primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Earth Day

Today in History–April 22–the Library of Congress features Earth Day, first celebrated on this day in 1970. Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who wanted to raise public consciousness about air and water pollution. It is estimated that 20 million people nationwide attended events on the first Earth Day. Learn more about by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. The First Earth Day April 22, 1970 from America's Library Earth … [Read more...]