September 21, 2018

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Today in History: William Shakespeare

Today in History–April 26–the Library of Congress features William Shakespeare, baptized on this day in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare's birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23, because babies generally were baptized about three days after birth. Learn about the Folger Shakespeare Memorial Library by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access Shakespeare's works and other resources related to the bard.Works by William … [Read more...]

Today in History: Books for Congress

Today in History–April 24–the Library of Congress celebrates its own birthday. On this day in 1800, President John Adams approved a $5,000 appropriation to purchase "such books as may be necessary for the use of congress." According to Thomas Jefferson, any book would be useful: " . . . there is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer." Learn more about the Library and its fabulous digital book collections by visiting the Today in History section, then … [Read more...]

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: Andrew Carnegie

Today in History–March 12–the Library of Congress features Andrew Carnegie, who offered the city of New York $5.2 million for the construction of sixty-five branch libraries on this day in 1901. After selling his steel company for hundreds of millions, Carnegie devoted the rest of his life to writing and philanthropic activities, including building thousands of public libraries across the United States. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below.Andrew … [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...]

Today in History: John F. Kennedy Assassinated

Today in History–November 22–the Library of Congress features John F. Kennedy, assassinated on this day in 1963. Find out more about this tragic day in our nation's history by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more resources and individual primary sources related to the 35th president of the United States.Primary sourcesLetter, John F. Kennedy to Clare Boothe Luce thanking the congresswoman for a good luck coin, 29 September 1942 Documents … [Read more...]

Today in History: Library of Congress Building Opens

Today in History–November 1–the Library of Congress features the opening of the Library of Congress building, now known as the Jefferson building, on this day in 1897. Find out more about this spectacular place by visiting the Today in History section, then read this In Custodia Legis blog post: The Library of Congress and its Librarians.Don't miss these other PSN posts about the fabulous Library of Congress!Tech Tips & TutorialsFinding ResourcesAmerica’s Library Ask … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Uncovering Primary Source Treasures

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog highlights a collection of videos featuring Library curators briefly describing treasured items and their historical importance and provides some ideas for using the treasure videos with students. You can access the collection of Hidden Treasure videos at the Library of Congress or from the Hidden Treasures playlist on the Library of Congress YouTube channel.For more treasures, don't miss the Library's online exhibition, American Treasures of the … [Read more...]