November 29, 2015

Today in History: Santa Catalina Island

Now see Santa Catalina, the Scenic Riviera of the U.S.A.

Today in History–November 24–the Library of Congress features Santa Catalina Island,  names on this date by Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno. Known as Pimu by its native inhabitants, the island had previously been called San Salvador by its Spanish discoverer explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. Find out more about this southern California island by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related resources. Catalina Island image set 1877 Map of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Indian Removal

Map showing the lands assigned to emigrant Indians west of Arkansas and Missouri

These primary sources and teaching resources relate to the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Native Americans in U.S. history online presentation Native American Legal Struggles in Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress blog November 4, 2014 Breaking the Bonds of People and Land: Native American Removal in the United States and Mexico streaming webcast Indian Removal, 1814-1858 PBS Indian removal: historic newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Arts & Culture

NHD 2016 CMHEC Arts Culture

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on the arts and culture but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. NOTE: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Exchanging Worlds, Exploring and Encountering Empire: World’s Fair Columbian Exposition The 1893 World Columbian … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: New Orleans

Down in dear old New Orleans

  War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans America's Library Winning the Battle of New Orleans January 8, 1815 America's Library The Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Folklife Today blog January 8, 2015 Mardi Gras Season in New Orleans America's Library local legacy Happy Mardi Gras! Inside Adams blog The Supreme Madness of the Carnival Season In Custodia Legis blog February 12, 2013 New Orleans historical newspapers Books & other texts related to New … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Kenya


Kenya country profile Kenya timeline BBC Kenya: Places in the News Kenya primary sources from the World Digital Library Kenya maps Kenya images U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Kenya through 1922 Service in Kenya: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Kenya Books & reports about Kenya U.S. legislation related to Kenya Guide to Law Online: Kenya Global Legal Monitor articles … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: St. Louis

Pen picture of the progress of the city of St. Louis, Mo.

St. Louis maps St. Louis image set Historical films featuring St. Louis "Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" song recording "St. Louis Blues" song recording St. Louis sheet music The St. Louis Republic, 1900-06 St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis articles, correspondence & reports St. Louis books & other texts U.S. legislation related to St. Louis Missouri state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Oregon Trail

End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

From End of the Oregon Trail, America's Library: The Oregon Trail was a route used by people who traveled to Oregon Country, which is what Oregon was called before it became a state in 1859. The Oregon Trail was the most popular way to get to Oregon Country from about 1843 through the 1870s. The trail started in Missouri and covered 2,000 miles before ending in Oregon City. Oregon National Historic Trail History & Culture National Park Service Maps related to the Oregon Trail Oregon … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: North American Fur Trade

American Fur Cos. buildings

Articles Before Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access Exploration of the Missouri River & British Passage to the Pacific sections) After Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access the Fur Trade section) A Fortune Made from Fur: John Jacob Astor Inside Adams blog July 23, 2012  The Economic History of the Fur Trade: 1670 to 1870 by Ann M. Carlos, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Mauritania


Mauritania country study (history, culture, industry, and more) Mauritania timeline BBC Mauritania primary sources from the World Digital Library Mauritania maps Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Mauritania U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Mauritania through 1922 U.S. legislation related to Mauritania Guide to Law Online: Mauritania Global Legal Monitor articles about Mauritania Reaching the Millennium Development Goals: … [Read more...]

Today in History: Poughkeepsie, New York

Poughkeepsie, N.Y,. Poughkeepsie Bridge

Today in History–July 26–the Library of Congress features Poughkeepsie, where New York voted to ratify the U.S. Constitution on this date in 1788. The city is located along the Hudson River about midway between New York City and Albany. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie images Poughkeepsie maps Poughkeepsie Polka sheet music Foreign Affairs oral history mentions of … [Read more...]