Why is there a Labor Day holiday celebrated in September when there already is a perfectly good labor day celebrated on May Day? While you will find no text book with a clear explanation—there is none—we can infer the reasons between the two days that honor the working man. May Day is the traditional day […]
Comic books and graphic novels can be a great way to get kids, and people of all ages, reading. Children’s comics, illustrated classic stories, and historical works can be engaging and educational. Here are a few from our collections!
“I was worried that the moon might be too soft and that he would sink in too deeply,” Viola Armstrong, Neil Armstrong’s mother. This mother’s heartfelt concern appears in a newspaper from Neil Armstrong’;s hometown of Wapakoneta, Ohio.
Samurai Penguins? A Rabbit Ronin? These (and more Samurai animals!) can be found in the Library of Congress’ comic book collection!
This post will highlight articles you’ll find in the Library’s Chronicling America collection of digitized newspapers related to travel.
It was the result of pure serendipity—a deadly assassin impeded by casual effects. Ordinary items that were unintentionally but strategically placed by the victim in a breast pocket that blocked the course of an otherwise lethal bullet.
On July 24, 1849, the residents of Salt Lake City were “awakened by the firing of nine rounds of artillery, accompanied by martial music.” It was Pioneer Day in Utah, marking the two year anniversary of the first group of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to reach the Salt […]
Now that Chronicling America has more than 15 million newspaper pages, it’s time to put them to good use! Here are some tips for doing genealogical research in Chronicling America.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal…” On July 20, 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, the first Woman’s Rights Convention approved a Declaration of Sentiments, which had been drafted by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and modeled after the Declaration of Independence in its commitment to secure women’s […]
Dr. Barbara Gordon, Librarian? Yep that’s right – not only was Batgirl a crime-fighter alongside Batman and Robin but she also had a PhD in Library Science and ran the Gotham City Public Library. A recent visit from some fellow librarians in Washington DC for the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference gave me a […]