October 19, 2019

Today in History: Mount Rainier National Park

Today in History–March 2–the Library of Congress features Mount Rainier National Park, established on this day in 1899. But was America's fifth national park created to preserve nature or to help out an industry? Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and reviewing the resources linked to below. from America's Library Mount Rainier, Washington Mount Rainier becomes a national park Legislation U.S. Statutes at Large, Vol. 29, Proclamation No. 21, pp. … [Read more...]

Today in History: B&O Railroad

Today in History–February 28–the Library of Congress features the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, which became the first U.S. railway chartered for transporting commercial freight and passengers on this day in 1827. The first track was 13 miles long and opened in 1830. Find out more about this groundbreaking railroad by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access some fascinating primary sources. B & O Railroad image set Peter Cooper's Tom Thumb steam … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Gadsden Purchase

Today in History–December 30–the Library of Congress features the Gadsden Purchase (treaty), signed on this day in 1853. U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis influenced President Franklin Pierce to send U.S. Minister James Gadsden to negotiate the treaty in order to obtain land for construction of a southern transcontinental railroad. Under the treaty, the United States paid Mexico $10 million for land in what is now southern New Mexico and Arizona. Learn more by visiting … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Gilded Age Teaching Resources & Strategies

This morning I saw a tweet mentioning primary sources related to immigration in the Gilded Age and I began to wonder . . . What learning activities related to the Gilded Age could we imagine using Library of Congress primary sources? What other teaching resources and strategies are available on LOC.gov and elsewhere? See the results below and feel free to comment on learning activities and resources that you've created or uncovered in the Speak Your Mind section. H/T to @oswego98 for the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Rails & Robbers

Today in History–October 6–the Library of Congress features the robbery of an eastbound Ohio & Mississippi Railroad passenger train near Seymour, Indiana on this day in 1866. Fortunately,  detectives from the Pinkerton National Detective Agency quickly identified the criminals. Learn more about train robberies in the Today in History section then click the links below to access loads of train and railroad resources. The First Known Train Robbery in the U.S. from America's Library The … [Read more...]