December 16, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Tuskegee Airmen

Online exhibition itemsTuskegee Airmen Breaking Flight Barriers Tuskegee Airmen with Lena Horne The 332nd Fighter GroupTuskegee Airmen image setTuskegee Airmen in Art Exhibit The Detroit Tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 01 Sept. 1945Tuskegee pilots historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group veteran oral history collectionsWWII Reunion: Tuskegee Airmen streaming webcastPatriotism, Courage, Discipline, Skill … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F

Zoom into the picture above (.pdf file) and analyze the photo using the primary source analysis tool. First, just use the picture to complete your image analysis, then review the bibliographic record to add to your analysis. Share your analysis with a partner, group or the class.This image lists some letters and numbers at the bottom of the picture. Enter the letters OWI into the search box at the top right of the Primary Source Nexus website to do some research about OWI. Summarize your … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Flight & Planes

The Dream of Flight online exhibitionWith Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight)Today in History: Wright Brothers First FlightPlane imagesAirplane imagesSelect airplane newspaper coverage New York Times & New York Tribune 1916-1919Airplane historic newspaper coverage through 1922Airplane flight historic newspaper coverage through 1922Airplane books & reportsColonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Great Moon Hoax

Read the summary of the Lunar Narrative from the Museum of Hoaxes. What details from the articles do you see evidence of in this illustration?Why do you think the illustrator created an inset, or a picture within a picture? Access this .pdf to see the image in more detail.Compare and contrast the information about the Great Moon Hoax from the following sources. What did you learn? What similar information is presented? Are there any discrepancies?Historic Hoaxes The Spokane … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Teaching resourcesAround the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page What Do Trains Do? Exploring Local History through Maps Featured Sources: guided primary source analysis activitiesAn airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer The Alaska Line C&O Canal, Georgetown D.C. Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane Cornell-Liberty Safety Car Steam engine, cam ring & … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell

Today in History–March 10–the Library of Congress features Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first successful telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson on this date in 1876. An audiologist, speech therapist and teacher of the deaf, Bell's knowledge of the nature of sound likely encourage his experimentation. Another Bell invention was a metal detector, that was created to help save President James A, Garfield. Unfortunately, the attempt to locate the assassin's bullet was unsuccessful. … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane

Part of the Smithsonian Institution's mission is "Shaping the future by preserving our heritage . . ." Why do you think the Smithsonian chose to display this artifact? Find out more about Charles Lindbergh. Imagine you are your age in 1927, reading about his accomplishment. How do you feel? What dreams does this historic flight inspire in you?What artifact from today might the Smithsonian choose to display in the future? Why do you think so?What other observations, reflections or … [Read more...]

Today in History: Charles Lindbergh

Today in History–June 11–the Library of Congress features pilot Charles Lindbergh, who received the first Distinguished Flying Cross on this day in 1927. Lindbergh made aeronautical history just a few weeks prior to the honor by flying solo and nonstop flight across the Atlantic. Find out more about this adventurous aviator by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access Lindbergh related primary sources.Lindbergh Received the Distinguished Flying Cross from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Air Balloons & Airships

Today in History–February 8–the Library of Congress celebrates the birth of writer Jules Verne, born on this date in 1828, by featuring air balloons and airships. Around the time Verne's first book--Five Weeks in a Balloon--came out in 1863, the U.S. Army was using hydrogen gas balloons in Civil War reconnaissance missions. See what you can learn about air balloons and airships by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. You might also be interested in this 1907 silent … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Veteran Teaching Resources & Strategies

"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great starting points for using the Veterans History Project in class activities. More veteran-related primary source and teaching resources are listed below.Veterans' oral history … [Read more...]