April 19, 2014

Today in History: George Gershwin & Gullah Culture

Porgy and Bess title page

Today in History–September 2–the Library of Congress features George Gershwin, who completed the orchestral score of the opera—Porgy and Bess—based on the DuBose Heyward novel on this date in 1935. The opera, like the novel, depicted the African-American Gullah culture of South Carolina. Learn more about this remarkable man and his collaborators on the internationally known opera by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links below. George Gershwin portraits Porgy and … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder

Today in History–April 17–the Library of Congress features writer Thornton Wilder, born on this day in 1897. This lauded American writer produced award-winning (3 Pulitzer Prizes and 1 National Book Award) plays, novels, essays, and more. Find out more about this literary master by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access primary sources about Wilder and the theater. Thornton Wilder image set Exhibition items: Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-prize winning … [Read more...]

Today in History: Valentine’s Day

Saint Valentine's Day

Today in History–February 14–the Library of Congress features St. Valentines Day, celebrated yearly by many on this date. Did you know that the romantic emphasis on this holiday may have stemmed from the medieval belief that birds select their mates on February 14. Learn more about this lovely holiday by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below to access some fabulous primary sources. Interested in holidays? Check out the holiday primary source set from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Alcotts

Orchard House, Concord, home of the Alcotts

Today in History–November 29–the Library of Congress features the Alcott family. The family patriarch, educator Amos Bronson Alcott was born on this date in 1799. His second of four daughters, author Louisa May Alcott was born in 1832, also on November 29. Learn more about both father and daughter as well as other Alcott family members by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more Alcott sources. Books & articles about the Alcotts Alcott … [Read more...]

Today in History: Orson Welles’ First Macbeth

Photographic Print from New York production of Macbeth.

Today in History–July 25–the Library of Congress features Macbeth,  "The Play That Electrified Harlem". The closing night performance of Macbeth, produced by John Houseman and directed by Orson Welles for the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), was staged on July 25, 1936 and featured an all African-American cast. Find out more about this production by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures … [Read more...]