September 18, 2014

News from the Library: Moving on from Thomas & myLOC

Congress.gov

THOMAS.gov Will Redirect to Congress.gov Beginning Nov. 19 The free legislative information website, Congress.gov, is transitioning into its permanent role as the official site for federal legislative information from the U.S. Congress and related agencies.The site, which launched in beta form last fall and features platform mobility, comprehensive information retrieval and user-friendly presentation, is replacing the nearly 20-year-old THOMAS.gov. Beginning Nov. 19, typing Thomas.gov into a … [Read more...]

Today in History: U.S. Constitution

The foundation of American government

Today in History–September 17–the Library of Congress features the U.S. Constitution. After much debate and compromise, the members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution on this day in 1787. It would take just over nine months to ratify this document that would become the supreme law of the land. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and by delving into the extensive list of U.S. Constitution teaching resources & primary … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Constitution

Constitution of the United States

Congress.gov (U.S. Legislative Information) Annotated U.S. Constitution Proposed constitutional amendments, 2001-present Primary source lesson plans & activities Learning from the Source: Jefferson’s Rough Draft of the Declaration The Declaration of Independence: Created Equal? Historical Scene Investigation: I Smelt a Rat The Constitution: Drafting a More Perfect Union The Constitution: Counter Revolution or National Salvation? The Bill of Rights: Debating the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Engine Company 54 lost 15 men, 9/11/01

Look at this collage as a whole and then examine it's details. What do you notice? In an interview for the School of Visual Arts blog, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt talked about the influence of his mother on his art. My whole aesthetic is based on the house I grew up in. My mother was a tremendous influence. She had Virgin Mary statues and Jesus statues and pixie knickknacks and plastic tablecloths and plastic doilies and plastic flowers. She would Scotch-tape things on the kitchen wall so it … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Secret Service Agents

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