June 25, 2019

Featured Image: Crossing to Fayetteville

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Featured Source: C&O Canal, Georgetown D.C.

What feeling do you get from looking at this painting? What details or techniques do you think are responsible for that feeling? What does the artwork seem to suggest about the C&O Canal? Use details from the painting to support your conclusion. Compare and contrast this painting with photographs of the C&O canal. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: C&O Canal

Today in History–October 10–the Library of Congress features Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, which opened on this day in 1850. The 184.5-mile C&O canal connected Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Maryland and took 22 years to complete (ground was broken on the same day as the B&O Railroad). Find out more about the history of early river transportation by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the C&O Canal. C&O … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cleveland, Ohio

Today in History–July 22–the Library of Congress features Cleveland, Ohio. When General Moses Cleaveland and a party of surveyors arrived at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on July 22, 1796, they thought it would make an ideal location for a new town. The city became officially known as Cleveland when the Cleveland Advertiser dropped the first "a" in the city's name to reduce the length of the newspaper's masthead. Learn more about this city on Lake Erie by visiting the Today in History section, … [Read more...]