September 26, 2022

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 images Rachel Carson historical newspaper … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

Celebrate U.S. holidays with these primary source collections! And don't miss these holiday blog posts from Teaching with the Library of Congress. January New Year’s Day January 1 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day third Monday in January January/February Lunar New Years begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar February Valentine's Day March St. Patrick's Day March/April Jewish Passover April April Fools' Day Easter first full moon after the March … [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 Library Earth … [Read more...]