November 19, 2018

Collection Spotlight: Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith was appointed the Library’s 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on June 14, 2017 and began serving on September 13, 2017. Her mission the Library's chief poet is to bring poetry to rural areas. "I wanted to go into the more rural communities that don’t have programming on a consistent basis, where people’s lives are equally affected by the kinds of questions and memories that poems can draw upon. If writers and scholars are only talking to each other, we’re missing out on a … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Israel

Places in the News: IsraelJanuary 2006 July 2006 May 2008 May 2011 Lebanon / Israel : February 2005 Lebanon / Israel : August 2006 Syria/Israel: January 2000 Syria/Israel: October 2000Israel country studyIsrael country profile BBCIsrael timeline BBCIsrael primary source set World Digital LibraryIsrael mapsThe children of IsraelEgypt Israel peace treatyIsrael image setIsrael sheet musicIsrael song recordingsU.S. veteran oral … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Weather

Congress requires US military to collect weather data 1870Weather Forecasting Among Services to [House] MembersWeather forecasting primary source set, includes teacher's guideMore weather forecasting primary sourcesWeather instruments primary source setWeather vanes primary source setWeather bureau primary source setWeather Service primary source setMeteorological stations primary source setWeather emergencies primary source setWeather sheet … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Albert Einstein

Library of Congress blog postsEinstein at 100: Mapping the Universe Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps December 2, 2015 Einstein’s Folklore December 18, 2013 Folklife Today Celebrate Einstein’s Birthday with Pi March 14, 2011 Inside AdamsAlbert Einstein background & primary sources Nobel Media"Albert Einstein lived here" April 19, 1955 political cartoon by Herb Block (scroll down page to read curator's note)Albert Einstein image setMaking Einstein theory of … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Football

This primary source spotlight shines a light on the sport of American football.Spinner Play, lithograph by American artist Benton Spruance - guided primary source analysis activitiesFootball imagesFootball filmsPresident Roosevelt at the Army-Navy game 1902 Princeton and Yale football game 1903 Chicago-Michigan football game 1903Sports Byline USA radio program football audio recordingsJim Brown 08-15-2002 John Elway 01-24-2003 Archie Griffin 06-25-1993 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thanksgiving

Today in History–November 26–the Library of Congress features Thanksgiving, designated by President George Washington on this date in 1789. Seventy-four years later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November national Thanksgiving Day. Learn more about U.S. Thanksgiving traditions by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources, background, and teaching resources.Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Today in History: Metropolitan Opera House

Today in History–October 22–the Library of Congress features New York's Metropolitan Opera House, which opened its doors on this day in 1883. In addition to staging operas, the Met and other opera houses also hosted charity events, community dances, fairs, plays, vaudeville shows, and even funerals. Find out more about this prestigious cultural institution by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the Met and opera. Be sure not … [Read more...]

Today in History: Edgar Allan Poe

Today in History–January 19–the Library of Congress features author Edgar Allan Poe, born on this date in 1809. Learn more about the life of this master of American writing–a poet; a master of macabre tales; the originator of the modern detective story; and an acute literary critic, editor, and journalist–by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to Poe, other writers, and activities linking primary source learning to … [Read more...]