April 22, 2018

Today in History: Missions of Old California

Today in History–January 12–the Library of Congress features the missions of Old California. On this date in 1777, Padre Thomas Peña founded Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of California's twenty-one missions. The first mission—San Diego de Alcala—was founded in 1769 by Padre Junípero Serra, who also oversaw the founding of the next eight, and the last—San Francisco de Solano—was founded in 1823.  The missions dotted the California coast from San Diego to Sonoma along El Camino Real (the Royal … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Hancock

Today in History–January 12–the Library of Congress features John Hancock, born on this date in 1737. Best known for his big, bold signature on the Declaration of Independence, you can learn more about this Massachusetts politician and key member of the Continental Congresses by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary sources. John Hancock was born from America's Library John Hancock images John Hancock correspondence John Hancock books … [Read more...]