October 16, 2018

Integrating Technology: Making Myriopticons

OK, so this post isn't about digital technology but it does present an idea for combining history with a maker lab of sorts that incorporates math, engineering and art.Let's take a look at a blog post from In Custodia Legis, which features, “A Historical Panorama of the Rebellion” myriopticon, a toy manufactured by Milton Bradley around 1865. "The myriopticon was an educational device targeted at prepubescent boys that consists of a box containing a painted scroll and two scroll tubes. A key … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hoover Dam

Today in History–December 21–the Library of Congress features the Hoover Dam, which got its start when President Calvin Coolidge signed the Boulder Canyon Project Act on this date in 1928. Originally known as the Boulder Dam, this wonder of civil engineering distributes water from the Colorado River for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.The … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Form & Function

Take a close look at the collection of images above (.pdf). What common theme can you identify? Note similarities and differences between the images.Now take a look at the bibliographic records of each image by clicking the links below. What is the function of the main object in each image? Choose one of these and investigate how the object was used in the past and if it is still used today.Image 1 Image 2 Image 3 Image 4What types of tasks can you envision the main … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Flight & Planes

The Dream of Flight online exhibitionWith Wings as Eagles: From Fantasy to Flight (primary source sets documenting the history of flight)Today in History: Wright Brothers First FlightPlane imagesAirplane imagesSelect airplane newspaper coverage New York Times & New York Tribune 1916-1919Airplane historic newspaper coverage through 1922Airplane flight historic newspaper coverage through 1922Airplane books & reportsColonel Roosevelt is invited to fly in … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Architecture

Architecture primary source setLibrary architecture collectionsAmerican Treasures of the Library of Congress: Architecture & Design Architecture, Design, and Engineering Drawings collection Brumfield Collection images of the architecture of the Russian North, including Siberia Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South collection Gottscho-Schleisner Collection U.S. architectural styles and trends Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse timelineSamuel Morse: Artist, Politician, PhotographerSamuel Morse: Invention of the TelegraphSamuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s LibraryWhat Hath God Wrought? curator video about first telegramSamuel Morse image setSamuel Morse historic newspaper coverageSamuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793 to 1919 (see collection highlights below)Art & Travel Childhood & Family Life … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Inventors & Inventions

Inventor primary source setsAlexander Graham Bell Thomas A. Edison Benjamin Franklin Elias Howe Elisah Graves Otis The Inventive Wright Brothers Inventor primary source set from American Memory Inventor image set Books about inventors 1844-1939 Inventor related legislationInvention primary source setsElevator Ice cream cone Kinetographic camera Photophone Sewing machine Steamboat TelegraphPrimary source collectionsAmerica’s First Look into the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Nikola Tesla

Topics in Chronicling America - Nikola Tesla timeline & select newspaper articlesMore Nikola Tesla historical newspaper coverageFeatured Source: Tesla’s 1922 Future Tech Predictions guided primary source analysis activityMessages to and from Outer Space Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and BeyondPoems of Personality "Tesla"Another Tesla portraitTesla Memorial Society of New YorkTesla: Master of Lightning from PBS … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Great Moon Hoax

Read the summary of the Lunar Narrative from the Museum of Hoaxes. What details from the articles do you see evidence of in this illustration?Why do you think the illustrator created an inset, or a picture within a picture? Access this .pdf to see the image in more detail.Compare and contrast the information about the Great Moon Hoax from the following sources. What did you learn? What similar information is presented? Are there any discrepancies?Historic Hoaxes The Spokane … [Read more...]

Today in History: Golden Gate Bridge

Today in History–May 27–the Library of Congress features the Golden Gate Bridge, opened on this date in 1937. The orange suspension bridge was the longest at the time, spanning 4,200 feet and connecting San Francisco to the south with Marin County, California to the north. Lead engineer Joseph Baermann Strauss stressed safety during the bridge building, instituting the wearing of hard hats and installing a net underneath the construction that saved 19 lives. Find out more about the … [Read more...]