July 20, 2018

Wanted: Teachers for Lesson Pilot Now Through July 2018

Citizen U Funded by a grant from the Library of Congress as part of its Teaching with Primary Sources program, the Barat Education Foundation, in collaboration with the DePaul University College of Education and the Constitutional Rights Foundation, has been developing materials that integrate civics with other academic subjects as part of a larger initiative, Citizen U®. Using a series of curated lessons as spark and inspiration, our ultimate goal is to work with educators like you … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse timeline Samuel Morse: Artist, Politician, Photographer Samuel Morse: Invention of the Telegraph Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s Library What Hath God Wrought? curator video about first telegram Samuel Morse image set Samuel Morse historic newspaper coverage Samuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793 to 1919 (see collection highlights below) Art & Travel Childhood & Family Life … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Economy, Science & Technology

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on economy, science & technology but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Interest in this area involves studying labor,  trade, business, advertising, consumerism Arbitration: Exchanging Mediation of Labor & Capital to Solve … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Inventors & Inventions

Inventor primary source sets Alexander Graham Bell Thomas A. Edison Benjamin Franklin Elias Howe Elisah Graves Otis The Inventive Wright Brothers Inventor primary source set from American Memory Inventor image set Books about inventors 1844-1939 Inventor related legislation Invention primary source sets Elevator Ice cream cone Kinetographic camera Photophone Sewing machine Steamboat Telegraph Primary source collections America’s First Look into the … [Read more...]

Featured Image: 1894 Telephone Lines

Directory Instructions for placing a telephone call. A careful observance of the following will aid materially in securing good service: To call Central Office, give the bell crank one sharp turn; then take the hand telephone from the hook; place it firmly against the ear and listen for the operator, who should answer, “What number?” Give the operator the number of the station desired and the exchange within which such station is located.  For example: “NEW YORK: Cortlandt 1520;  … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Postal Telegraph March

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Today in History: First Telegraphic Message Sent

Today in History–May 24–the Library of Congress features the first telegraphic message, sent on this day in 1844 by Samuel F. B. Morse. This invention opened up a whole new era in communications. Learn more about Morse the inventor, Morse the painter, and the telegraph by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access numerous related primary sources. Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s Library "The Magnetic Telegraph - it's … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Transcontinental Telegraph & the End of the Pony Express

Today in History–October 24–the Library of Congress features the transcontinental telegraph system was completed on this day in 1861, which signaled the rapid demise of the short-lived Pony Express. Learn more about these methods of long-distance communication by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources. Samuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America's Library Transcontinental telegraph historical newspaper … [Read more...]