May 24, 2019

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...]

Primary Source Learning: Veteran Teaching Resources & Strategies

"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great starting points for using the Veterans History Project in class activities. More veteran-related primary source and teaching resources are listed below. Veterans' oral history … [Read more...]