September 9, 2022

Today in History: Robert E. Peary

Today in History–May 6–the Library of Congress features explorer Robert E. Peary, born on this date in 1856. Trained as a civil engineer, Peary first traveled to Nicaragua in 1884 to survey a route for a canal. In 1886, Peary ventured north and began his polar expeditions in Greenland, where he and his assistant Matt Henson learned arctic survival skills from the Inuit. Shortly before Peary announced his success in reaching the North Pole in 1909, Dr. Frederick A. Cook (a companion from an 1891 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Roebling & the Brooklyn Bridge

Today in History–June 12–the Library of Congress features civil engineer John A. Roebling, born on this day in 1806. Roebling's last and greatest achievement was completing the Brooklyn bridge in 1883. The bridge spans New York's East River nearly 1,600 feet to connect Manhattan with Brooklyn. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the Brooklyn Bridge, suspension bridges and other types of bridges. Brooklyn … [Read more...]