July 15, 2018

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...]

Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell

Today in History–March 10–the Library of Congress features Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first successful telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson on this date in 1876. An audiologist, speech therapist and teacher of the deaf, Bell's knowledge of the nature of sound likely encourage his experimentation. Another Bell invention was a metal detector, that was created to help save President James A, Garfield. Unfortunately, the attempt to locate the assassin's bullet was unsuccessful. … [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...]