April 26, 2017

Today in History: World Transportation Commission

Today in History–April 27–the Library of Congress features the World Transportation Commission (WTC). On this date in 1895, Harper's Weekly carried a story on theWTC's visit to Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka. The WTC was organized by a railroad publicist to find out more about international railroads and other foreign transportation systems. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related primary sources. "Around the World with the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Alaska Line

For each of the following questions, use specific details from the map to support your conclusions (zoom into this map online or download a larger image). Who created this map? How do you know? Why do you think this map was created? Who do you think the audience might have been when it was published in 1934? How many different transportation lines are represented on this map? How many different modes of transportation are represented? Choose two points (look for the red points and find the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: East Coast of Florida Is Paradise Regained

How does this source present the state of Florida? What details from the source support your response (see larger image)? Who is sponsoring this map? Why do you think so? What might that company hope to gain? Does the company still exist today? What more can you discover? Do a bit of research about the Spanish-American War, which was fought in 1898. How do you think this source might relate to the Spanish-American War? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source … [Read more...]

NHD 2015: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Economics, Science, and Art, Architecture & Design

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2015 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on the economy, scientific innovation, art, architecture, and design but all topic ideas are related to the 2015 NHD theme: Leadership & Legacy in History. Links to more NHD and CMHEC content follow this resource list. NOTE: historical newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922 Economy The … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Teaching resources Around the World in 1896 How Transportation Transformed America: Going to Market Abraham Lincoln Primary Source Activity Book: transportation page What Do Trains Do? Exploring Local History through Maps Featured Sources: guided primary source analysis activities An airship with a “Jim Crow” trailer The Alaska Line C&O Canal, Georgetown D.C. Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St Louis” Airplane Cornell-Liberty Safety Car Steam engine, cam ring & … [Read more...]

Today in History: Keeping Time

Today in History–November 18–the Library of Congress features time. On this day in 1883, precisely at noon, North American railroads switched to Standard Railway Time (SRT). SRT was quickly adopted throughout the United States, resulting in the creation of four national time zones: eastern, central, mountain and Pacific. A year later, at an international conference in Washington D.C., the meridian passing through Greenwich was adopted as the initial or prime meridian for longitude and … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Map of New York & Erie Rail Road

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Primary Source Learning: The Places You’ll Go with Maps

The Library of Congress has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world and there are so many places you can visit with the Library of Congress' fabulous digitized map collections. Take a look at the wide variety of maps you can explore in incredible detail and discover engaging primary source lessons and activities. Zoom in now! Map Collections American Revolution Maps & Charts of North America & the West Indies 1750-1789 an important … [Read more...]

Today in History: Florida Keys

Today in History–January 22–the Library of Congress features the Florida Keys. On on this day in 1912, the Florida East Coast Railway connected the island of Key West with the Florida mainland. After a 1935 hurricane damaged the line, the Overseas Highway built on the foundation of the old railroad bed. The current system of dozens of bridges connecting the Florida Keys to the mainland is one of the longest over-water roads in the world. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Transcontinental Railroad Completed

Today in History–May 10–the Library of Congress features the U.S. transcontinental railroad, celebrated on this day in 1869 when a symbolic golden spike was driven into the ground at Promontory Summit, in Utah Territory—approximately thirty-five miles away from Promontory Point, the site where the rails of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific were joined. This railroad connected the United States from coast to coast, reducing a four-month journey to just one week. Learn more by visiting … [Read more...]