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French circus poster shows two performers in the basket of an airship navigated by a rudder and a propeller

“Venturesome Ladies”: Trailblazing Female Fliers

Posted by: Rachel Gordon

From its earliest days in the late 18th century, hot air ballooning caught the public imagination. Large crowds watched balloon flights, and aeronauts became celebrities. All balloonists were incredibly brave. Risking injury and even death with every ascent only added to their glamour and fame. The fliers, inventors and scientists involved in early balloon flights …

Two children seated at a table handling items, with an adult standing over them

Searching for the American Chestnut in the Library of Congress

Posted by: Sasha Dowdy

This is a guest blog by Mel Hawkins, Teaching with Primary Sources Intern at the Young Reader’s Center and Programs Lab. For information on this intenship opportunity, please follow this link. To celebrate Arbor Day today this year,  maybe you and your family will go for a nature walk around your neighborhood or the local …