October 22, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson was a trained biologist and a best-selling author. In her writing, Carson presented scientific facts from an ecological perspective in a poetic writing style. She made science interesting and understandable to regular people. She was best known for her books Silent Spring and The Sea Around Us. Her writing about ecology and the dangers of pesticides was essential to the start of the environmental movement. Rachel Carson stories from America's LibraryEcology for … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

New Year's primary source collectionValentine's Day primary source collectionSt. Patrick's DaySt. Patricks Day (stories, images, music) Today in History: St. Patricks Day (March 17) St. Patricks Day in America St. Patricks Day imagesApril Fools' Day primary source collectionEasterEaster: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933 Chicago History Museum Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymnsArbor Day primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Earth Day

Today in History–April 22–the Library of Congress features Earth Day, first celebrated on this day in 1970. Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who wanted to raise public consciousness about air and water pollution. It is estimated that 20 million people nationwide attended events on the first Earth Day. Learn more about by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below.The First Earth Day April 22, 1970 from America's LibraryEarth … [Read more...]