April 12, 2014

Today in History: John Burroughs

John Burroughs, author and naturalist, full-length portrait, standing, facing front, outside his home

Today in History–April 3–the Library of Congress features writer and naturalist John Burroughs, born on this day in 1837. Learn more about this contemporary of John Muir and Henry David Thoreau by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access images and some of his writings and photographs as well as more environment and conservation teaching resources and primary sources from the Library. Winter sunshine by John Burroughs (1876) "In Warbler Time" by John … [Read more...]

Today in History: George Perkins Marsh

The national atlas of the United States of America - Geology

Today in History–September 30–the Library of Congress features Congressman George Perkins Marsh, who delivered a speech on agricultural conditions in New England on this day in 1847 that recognized the capacity for environmental destruction and advocated for resource management and restoration. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section and Marsh's book analyzing human impact on nature. Then click the links below to access a multitude of conservation and environment … [Read more...]

Today in History: Poets & the Seasons

Maple trees.

Today in History–September 19–the Library of Congress features poets and the seasons. On this day in 1819, English poet John Keats, wrote "To Autumn," a three-stanza ode to the splendor, bounty, and melancholy of fall. Find out more poems and poets by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access 19th-century periodical articles written about Keats. The Barat TPS website has a complete set of links to Library poetry resources. You may also wish to to review the … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Galveston Storm

Galveston Disaster, Texas: house on Ave. N slightly moved with flood

Today in History–September 8–the Library of Congress features the Galveston storm of 1900, which made landfall on this day and, according to the National Weather Service was the deadliest cyclone in U.S. history, responsible for the deaths of at least 8,000 people. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the 1900 Galveston hurricane and Galveston in general, as well as other digital hurricane resources from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hurricane Katrina

S.S. Hurricane Camille after Hurricane Katrina, Gulfport, Mississippi

Today in History–August 29–the Library of Congress features Hurricane Katrina, which made landfall on this day in 2005 near Buras, Louisiana, and headed north. Two hours later New Orleans' Industrial Canal levee had been breached and within an hour, the neighborhood known as the Lower Ninth Ward was under six-to-eight feet of water. This devastating hurricane caused damage from Texas to Florida, hitting Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama particularly hard. Find out more by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thoreau, Conservation & the Environment

Thoreau's cove, Lake Walden, Concord, Mass.

Today in History–July 12–the Library of Congress features writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau born on this day in 1817. Find out more about this fascinating man by visiting the Today in History section, then access more of the Library's rich treasure trove of resources related to conservation and the environment. … [Read more...]