Good News!

Presenting feel-good news stories to round out our posts for the year and say farewell to 2020 on a positive note! Hopefully, these uplifting, heartfelt, funny, and touching stories from yesterday’s news in Chronicling America* serve as a diversion from the darker news of this year… In 1947, after scouring newspaper stories around the country, […]

Cooking Up History: Holiday Baking with a Retro Twist

This post was written by Rachel Gordon, Visitor Services Specialist in the Library’s Center for Learning, Literacy, and Engagement. It was originally published on Minerva’s Kaleidoscope: Resources for Kids & Families Blog and is the latest in her series “Cooking Up History,” which explore historic recipes in the Library’s collections. “It just wouldn’t be the […]

Fluffy Ruffles in the Popular Press

This post is a collaboration with Dr. Christina Burr, Associate Professor in History at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where she teaches courses in North American Popular Culture, Women’s History, and a Graduate Seminar on the Modern Girl. Dr. Burr and I met while she was conducting research on-site at the Library […]

A Feast of Funnies: Thanksgiving Comic Strips

When was the last time you curled up with the Sunday comics section of your local newspaper? Below are some good ol’ jokes presented to you through comic strips available on the Library’s website through Chronicling America* and the Prints and Photographs Division. You might recognize some of these characters, but others might be new […]

Nominations sought for the U.S. Government End of Term 2020 Web Archive

This is a guest blog post by Abbie Grotke, Assistant Head, Digital Content Management Section. It was originally posted to The Signal on October 29, 2020. You may have noticed that it is presidential election season in the United States, which means it’s also time for web archivists to gather once again to archive United […]