October 22, 2018

Today in History: Halifax Explosion

Today in History–December 6–TPS-Barat features the Halifax explosion, which occurred on this day in 1917. The largest man-made explosion in history, killed nearly 2,000, injured around 9,000, and left approximately 6,000 people homeless. It's a story of local devastation but also of multinational cooperation. Click the primary sources and other resources below to learn more.Halifax explosion image setReport on the explosion 7th December, 1917 Canadian War MuseumReport of the Halifax … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Snow

Snow imagesSnowflake imagesCCSS K-5 writing promptsSnow-related filmsThe first sleigh-ride 1897 Sleighing scene 1898 Montreal Fire Department on runners (sleigh) 1901 Esquimaux village Arrival of the Governor General, Lord Minto, at Quebec 1902Snow-related song recordingsLand of snow and a thousand lakes (Tuhatjärvien lumien maa) Snow deer Snow flakes waltz When the snow birds cross the valleySnow sheet musicSnowflake sheet musicPicnic … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: North American Fur Trade

ArticlesBefore Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access Exploration of the Missouri River & British Passage to the Pacific sections) After Lewis & Clark, Lewis & Clark and the Revealing of America online exhibition (scroll down to access the Fur Trade section) A Fortune Made from Fur: John Jacob Astor Inside Adams blog July 23, 2012  The Economic History of the Fur Trade: 1670 to 1870 by Ann M. Carlos, … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Canada

Canada primary sources from the World Digital LibraryCanada mapsBooks & other texts about CanadaReports & correspondence related to CanadaCanada historic newspaper coverage The Nineteenth Century in Print: Periodicals enter Canada in the search descriptive information box to access 100 periodical articles Canada image setCanada/Canadian images from American MemoryHistoric films featuring CanadaCanada/Canadian song recordingsCanada/Canadian sheet … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jacques Cartier

Today in History–June 9–the Library of Congress features French navigator Jacques Cartier, who sailed into the St. Lawrence River on this date in 1534. The explorer was commissioned by King Francis I of France to explore the area in hopes of finding gold, spices, and a northern passage to Asia. Find out more about Cartier's three visits to Canada by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources.ImagesCartier ascending the St. Lawrence … [Read more...]

Today in History: Montreal

Today in History–November 13–the Library of Congress features Montreal, Canada, captured on this day in 1775 by American troops led by General Richard Montgomery. The occupation was short-lived and Montgomery was killed a few weeks later in a failed attempt to capture Quebec. Fighting between the United States and Canada ended with the War of 1812. Visit the Today in History section, then click the links below to learn more about these time periods in history as well as resources about Montreal … [Read more...]