October 19, 2018

Today in History: Hoover Dam

Today in History–December 21–the Library of Congress features the Hoover Dam, which got its start when President Calvin Coolidge signed the Boulder Canyon Project Act on this date in 1928. Originally known as the Boulder Dam, this wonder of civil engineering distributes water from the Colorado River for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Learn more by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources.The … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Nevada

Nevada stories from America’s LibraryNevada primary source setNevada mapsNevada imagesNevada sheet musicNevada songs & oral historiesNevada films and webcastsNevada books & other textsCorrespondence related to NevadaNevada historical newspapersNevada: U.S. legislationNevada Guide to Law OnlinePrimary Election Laws: Nevada In Custodia Legis blog February 22, 2016More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below!Teaching resourcesAnalyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cowboys & Fall Roundup Time

Today in History–October 7–the Library of Congress features cowboys, or buckaroos, and fall roundup time. On this day in 1979 the Ninety-Six Ranch in Nevada completed its fall roundup and trail drive. Learn more about this roundup in the Today in History section then click the links below to access all sorts of cowboy stories and primary sources.Cowboy storiesBuckaroosNevada’s BuckaroosCowboy poetryDakota Cowboy Poetry Gathering in MedoraCheyenne Frontier DaysMontana … [Read more...]

Today in History: Owen Wister & Cowboy Culture

Home on the Range (.mp3)Today in History–July 14–the Library of Congress features novelist Owen Wister, born on this day in 1860, whose 1902 novel The Virginian helped create the myth of the American cowboy. Click on the image above to zoom into key scenes from the novel highlighted on this literary map, then visit the Today in History section to learn more about cowboy culture. Still pining for more? Click the links below to access loads of cowyboy-related stories and primary … [Read more...]