November 30, 2021

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Steam engine, cam ring & hammer shaft

Use a magnifying glass to study the details of this design drawing? What did you learn? What types of skills do you need to have to be an industrial designer? What similar types of skills do you have? Imagine a new industrial product and sketch the design. How will this product advance industry? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [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...]