November 19, 2018

Today in History: Thomas Jefferson

Today in History–April 13–the Library of Congress features Thomas Jefferson, born on this day in 1743.  (Actually, he was born on April 2 under the Julian calendar but when Great Britain and its colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar in 1752 his birthday, along with everyone else’s, was shifted 11 days forward.) Find out more about this multitalented man by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access teaching resources, primary sources and secondary sources … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thomas Jefferson Elected

Today in History–February 17–the Library of Congress features Thomas Jefferson, who was elected by the House of Representatives on this day in 1801. The House voted to break a tie in the Electoral College. Find out more about this acrimonious third presidential election by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary sources and resources about this election and the 3rd president of the United States.Individual primary sourcesThoughts, on … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jefferson’s Library

Today in History–January 30–the Library of Congress features Thomas Jefferson's Library, which Congress agreed to purchase on this day in 1815. The nearly $24,000 sale more than doubled the original 3,000-volume Library of Congress collection that was destroyed the year before when the British captured Washington D.C. and burned the U.S. Capitol. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to uncover more treasures related to Jefferson's Library and the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Discover the Library Online

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog points out ways to explore the Library virtually and suggests engaging learning activities using this set of putti images, from the Carol M. Highsmith photograph archive.  You might also try similar activities using this set of images depicting iconic figures found on the doors of the Library annex from the Theodore Horydczak collection. Access more resources for exploring the Library by clicking the links below.About the LibraryInside the … [Read more...]