November 12, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Tuskegee Airmen

Online exhibition itemsTuskegee Airmen Breaking Flight Barriers Tuskegee Airmen with Lena Horne The 332nd Fighter GroupTuskegee Airmen image setTuskegee Airmen in Art Exhibit The Detroit Tribune. (Detroit, Mich.), 01 Sept. 1945Tuskegee pilots historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group historical newspaper coverage332nd Fighter Group veteran oral history collectionsWWII Reunion: Tuskegee Airmen streaming webcastPatriotism, Courage, Discipline, Skill … [Read more...]

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 exhibitionWith Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight)Today in History: Wright Brothers First FlightPlane imagesAirplane imagesSelect airplane newspaper coverage New York Times & New York Tribune 1916-1919Airplane historic newspaper coverage through 1922Airplane flight historic newspaper coverage through 1922Airplane books & reportsColonel 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...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Transportation

Teaching resourcesAround 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 activitiesAn 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: Alexander Graham Bell

Today in History–March 10–the Library of Congress features Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first successful telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson on this date in 1876. An audiologist, speech therapist and teacher of the deaf, Bell's knowledge of the nature of sound likely encourage his experimentation. Another Bell invention was a metal detector, that was created to help save President James A, Garfield. Unfortunately, the attempt to locate the assassin's bullet was unsuccessful. … [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...]