August 20, 2014

Today in History: John Parker & the Minutemen

Statue of Capt. Parker, Lexington, Mass.

Today in History–July 13–the Library of Congress features minuteman John Parker, born in Lexington, Massachusetts on this day in 1729. Find out more about the first shots in the U.S. war for independence and those who fought by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and learning resources. Minutemen primary source set Minute men sheet music Learning from the Source: Minutemen & the Start of the Revolution Revolutionary War … [Read more...]

Today in History: Daniel Chester French

Chesterwood, Daniel Chester Wood's studio

Today in History–April 20–the Library of Congress features sculptor Daniel Chester French, born on this day in 1850. Encouraged to pursue a career as an artist by Louisa May Alcott, French completed his first big commission for the statue The Minute Man, when he was just 25.  Find out more about this preeminent monumental sculptor who also created the Lincoln Memorial sculpture by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about French and the … [Read more...]