June 20, 2019

Featured Source: Indian Timothy Memorial Bridge

The caption lists the date of creation of this photo to be 1993. Do you think the bridge was built around the same time as the photo was taken? Why or why not? Look carefully at details in the photograph and the bibliographic record. What purpose do you think this bridge serves? Can you find this bridge on a map? What else can you find out about this bridge? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Vermont

Today in History–July 9–the Library of Congress features Vermont, which revised its constitution on this day in 1793 and became the first state to prohibit slavery. Learn more about the "Green Mountain" state known for its independent-minded citizens by visiting the Today in History section, then following the links below to access more primary sources. Vermont stories from America’s Library Vermont primary source set Vermont images "Visitin' 'round at Coolidge Corners" (film from … [Read more...]

Today in History: Elias Howe & the Sewing Machine

Today in History–July 9–the Library of Congress features sewing machine inventor Elias Howe, born on this day in 1819. Find out more about Howe's struggle to get recognized for his work and how the mechanical sewing machine helped transform the nature of work during the nineteenth century by visiting the Today in History section. Then click the links below to check out this remarkably large list of sewing machine primary sources we stitched together. Inventor Elias Howe from America's … [Read more...]