December 18, 2017

Featured Source: Boeing aircraft plant – production of B-17F

Zoom into the picture above (.pdf file) and analyze the photo using the primary source analysis tool. First, just use the picture to complete your image analysis, then review the bibliographic record to add to your analysis. Share your analysis with a partner, group or the class. This image lists some letters and numbers at the bottom of the picture. Enter the letters OWI into the search box at the top right of the Primary Source Nexus website to do some research about OWI. Summarize your … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Flight & Planes

The Dream of Flight online exhibition With Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight) Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight Plane images Airplane images Select airplane newspaper coverage New York Times & New York Tribune 1916-1919 Airplane historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Airplane flight historic newspaper coverage through 1922 Airplane books & reports Colonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart felt she was meant to fly. In 1932, she became the first woman to pilot a plane across the Atlantic Ocean and three years later, in 1935, she became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific from Hawaii to California. On July 2, 1937, towards the end of her round-the-world flight over the Pacific Ocean somewhere between New Guinea and Howland Island, Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan sent their last radio communication. The mystery of their disappearance has never been … [Read more...]

Today in History: Wright Brothers First Flight

Today in History–December 17–the Library of Congress features the first flights of the Wright brothers, flown on this day in 1903. Orville piloted the first flight that lasted 12 seconds and 120 feet and Wilbur piloted the fourth and final flight, remaining airborne for 59 seconds and traveling 852 feet. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a plethora of Wright and other early flight resources. Wilbur and Orville Wright's First Flight from … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane

Part of the Smithsonian Institution's mission is "Shaping the future by preserving our heritage . . ." Why do you think the Smithsonian chose to display this artifact?  Find out more about Charles Lindbergh. Imagine you are your age in 1927, reading about his accomplishment. How do you feel? What dreams does this historic flight inspire in you? What artifact from today might the Smithsonian choose to display in the future? Why do you think so? What other observations, reflections or … [Read more...]

Today in History: Charles Lindbergh

Today in History–June 11–the Library of Congress features pilot Charles Lindbergh, who received the first Distinguished Flying Cross on this day in 1927. Lindbergh made aeronautical history just a few weeks prior to the honor by flying solo and nonstop flight across the Atlantic. Find out more about this adventurous aviator by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access Lindbergh related primary sources. Lindbergh Received the Distinguished Flying Cross from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thomas A. Edison

Today in History–August 12–the Library of Congress features scientist and inventor Thomas A. Edison, who is credited with completing the model of the first phonograph on this day in 1877.  Find out more about the "wizard of Menlo Park" by visiting the Today in History section, where you'll also find links to other Library sound collections. Then click the links below to access more resources and primary sources related to Edison and inventions. Thomas A. Edison biography Thomas A. Edison … [Read more...]