October 15, 2019

Today in History: Gilbert Grosvenor & National Geographic

Today in History–October 28–the Library of Congress features editor and president of the National Geographic Society, Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor, born on this date in 1875. Just 9 years after immigrating from Turkey to the United States, Grosvenor began working as an assistant editor at National Geographic upon the recommendation of family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Just four years later he became the magazine's editor-in-chief. Grosvenor developed the photographic and cartographic departments, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Discovery of Kiska Island, Alaska

Today in History–October 25–the Library of Congress features the discovery of Kiska Island, Alaska on this day in 1752. Learn more about the final voyage of the navigator and explorer Captain-Commander Vitus Jonassen Bering by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more singular primary sources related to Kiska Island and Alaska. Bering, Chirikov, and Gvozdev The Russian Discovery of Alaska Kiska Island image set Veteran oral histories: Kiska Island … [Read more...]

Today in History: Meriwether Lewis (& William Clark)

Today in History–August 18–the Library of Congress features explorer Meriwether Lewis, born on this day in 1774. Together with William Clark, Lewis set out on May 14, 1804 at the behest of President Thomas Jefferson to look for a Northwest Passage, or water route to the Pacific Ocean. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access resources related to these explorers and their journey known as the Corps of Discovery. Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis … [Read more...]