January 25, 2023

Collections Spotlight: Tornadoes

Tornado images Tornado scenes in St. Louis 1896 Insurance map illustrating scope of damage by tornado in Gainesville, Georgia Tornado sheet music U.S. historical newspaper coverage related to tornadoes Books America's Greatest Flood and Tornado Calamity c. 1913 The Great Tornado of 1821 in New Hampshire A Modern Herculaneum: Story of the New Richmond Tornado (1899) Pictured Story of the Tornado St. Louis, May 27, 1896 Omaha Tornado-Album images + text in German c. … [Read more...]

City Spotlight: St. Louis

Pictorial St. Louis, a topographical survey Pictorial St. Louis – The Great Metropolis of the Mississippi Valley Teaching with the Library of Congress More St. Louis maps St. Louis images St. Louis films Sheet music related to St. Louis Veteran oral histories with service in St. Louis, Missouri The St. Louis Republic 01-01-1900 - 01-02-1906 Pictorial Guide to St. Louis More books & other texts related to St. Louis Related resources Today in History: … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Trail of Western Migration

Background The “Corps of Discovery” expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the years 1804-1806 was instrumental in opening up western North America to settlement. After this defining exploration, fur companies further investigated  westward routes. Financed by John J. Astor's Pacific Fur Company, an 1812 expedition led by Robert Stuart began on the west coast at Fort Aster on the mouth of the Columbia River and forged eastward. A significant portion of the route … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Oregon Trail

From End of the Oregon Trail, America's Library: The Oregon Trail was a route used by people who traveled to Oregon Country, which is what Oregon was called before it became a state in 1859. The Oregon Trail was the most popular way to get to Oregon Country from about 1843 through the 1870s. The trail started in Missouri and covered 2,000 miles before ending in Oregon City. Oregon National Historic Trail History & Culture National Park Service Maps related to the Oregon Trail Oregon … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Illinois Civil War Resources

Illinois Civil War books (1800-1929) Illinois Civil War sheet music Illinois Civil War maps Illinois Civil War image set More Illinois Civil War images Illinois soldier historic newspaper coverage (1860-65) “The Union. V. Illinois and Missouri Compared” Continental monthly: devoted to literature and national policy Volume 3, Issue 3, March 1863 YouTube videos Illinois During the Civil War, 1861-1865: Illinois, Native Americans and the Civil War Northern Illinois … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Today in History: Missouri

Today in History–August 10–the Library of Congress features Missouri, which entered the Union this day in 1821, becoming the twenty-fourth state. Commonly known as the Show Me State, you can learn more about the state’s history and culture by visiting the Today in History section, then following the links below to access more primary source treasures. Missouri stories from America’s Library Missouri primary source set with teacher’s guide Missouri resource guide Missouri … [Read more...]