August 23, 2019

Today in History: Washington Monument

Today in History–December 6–the Library of Congress features the Washington Monument, completed on this day in 1884. Construction began on July 4, 1848  but stopped for 20 years owing to a lack of funds. Construction was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under order from President Ulysses S. Grant.  The 555-foot, 5-1/8" marble obelisk honors founding father George Washington and is the tallest structure in Washington D.C. and the tallest masonry structure in the world. On August 22, … [Read more...]

Today in History: New York Public Library

Today in History–May 23–the Library of Congress features the New York Public Library, dedicated on this day in 1911. The dedication was presided over by President William Howard Taft. Learn more about how the NYPL got its start by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Timeline & select historic newspaper articles: New York Public Library New York Public Library image set RMA flag service on the steps of New York Public … [Read more...]

Today in History: Library of Congress Building Opens

Today in History–November 1–the Library of Congress features the opening of the Library of Congress building, now known as the Jefferson building, on this day in 1897. Find out more about this spectacular place by visiting the Today in History section, then read this In Custodia Legis blog post: The Library of Congress and its Librarians. Don't miss these other PSN posts about the fabulous Library of Congress! Tech Tips & Tutorials Finding Resources America’s Library Ask … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Discover the Library Online

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog points out ways to explore the Library virtually and suggests engaging learning activities using this set of putti images, from the Carol M. Highsmith photograph archive.  You might also try similar activities using this set of images depicting iconic figures found on the doors of the Library annex from the Theodore Horydczak collection. Access more resources for exploring the Library by clicking the links below. About the Library Inside the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Panama Canal

Today in History–September 7–the Library of Congress features the Panama Canal. On this date in 1977 U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian Chief of Government Omar Torrijos signed the Panama Canal Treaty and Neutrality Treaty, which officially authorized the transfer of the canal's authority from the United States to the Panama Canal Authority on December 31, 1999. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing the Panama Canal timeline below. Then click the links … [Read more...]