September 24, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse timelineSamuel Morse: Artist, Politician, PhotographerSamuel Morse: Invention of the TelegraphSamuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s LibraryWhat Hath God Wrought? curator video about first telegramSamuel Morse image setSamuel Morse historic newspaper coverageSamuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793 to 1919 (see collection highlights below)Art & Travel Childhood & Family Life … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: George Westinghouse

George Westinghouse & his companiesGeorge Westinghouse; his life and achievements 1918The Inventor of the Air-Brake: George Westinghouse 1921 from Conquests of InventionInside an American Factory: Films of the Westinghouse Works, 1904George Westinghouse image setGeorge Westinghouse historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Hello, Earth! Hello!

Click the newspaper above to zoom in and read the article. Make a chart that lists the name of each scientist or inventor mentioned in the article, whether the expert was quoted directly or indirectly, and the expert's view of the possibility of communication with other planets.Find out more information about the publisher of this newspaper, then review the Analyzing Newspaper Articles post. Do you think this article is accurate and reliable? Why or why not?Compare and contrast this … [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...]

Today in History: Bell’s Photophone

Today in History–June 3–the Library of Congress features the invention of the photophone on this date in 1880 by Alexander Graham Bell. Although more famously known for the telephone, the photophone transmitted sound on a beam of light. This technology with the precursor to fiber optics which today transmits voice and data communications at the speed of light. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to the … [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...]

Today in History: The Ice Cream Cone

Today in History–July 23–the Library of Congress features the invention of the ice cream cone, purportedly conceived by Charles E. Menches on this day in 1904 . This confectioner was one of several who were given credit for this delectable invention and who participated in the 1904 St. Louis World Fair. Find out more about the invention of ice cream by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access recipes, books, primary sources images, and more.St. Louis, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Elias Howe & the Sewing Machine

Today in History–July 9–the Library of Congress features sewing machine inventor Elias Howe, born on this day in 1819. Find out more about Howe's struggle to get recognized for his work and how the mechanical sewing machine helped transform the nature of work during the nineteenth century by visiting the Today in History section. Then click the links below to check out this remarkably large list of sewing machine primary sources we stitched together.Inventor Elias Howe from America's … [Read more...]

Today in History: First Telegraphic Message Sent

Today in History–May 24–the Library of Congress features the first telegraphic message, sent on this day in 1844 by Samuel F. B. Morse. This invention opened up a whole new era in communications. Learn more about Morse the inventor, Morse the painter, and the telegraph by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access numerous related primary sources.Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s Library"The Magnetic Telegraph - it's … [Read more...]

Today in History: Raymond Loewy

Today in History–March 22–the Library of Congress features industrial designer Raymond Loewy, who presented his designs for a sleek roadster he called the Avanti to the Studebaker Corporation on this day in 1961. Loewy designed cars for other companies too as well as locomotives and a wide assortment of both industrial and consumer products. Learn more about "father of industrial design" by visiting the Today in History section, then take a look at this Exxon company logo and the sources … [Read more...]