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Observing Hispanic Heritage Month

Did you know that the food and the word chocolate (choolatl/ xocolātl) originated from Mesoamerica (part of Mexico and Central America)? The Aztecs and the Mayans were some of the first people to consume chocolate, mostly in beverage form, for medicinal and religious purposes. In fact, many foods we consume today, like avocados, chilies, corn, […]

Five Questions (The Intern Edition): Mykhailo Kryvoruchko

1.  What is your background? I was born and raised in the small provincial town of Cherkasy, Ukraine. I graduated from the Cherkasy Banking Institute with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and auditing.  During my studies in Ukraine, I participated in research activities, national olympiads, and presented my student papers at national and international […]

Labor’s Day

Last year’s Labor Day post was about the history of Labor Day.  This year, I thought I would highlight sources that can be used to learn more about American labor and issues affecting the workplace. The U.S. Department of Labor has a long history of publishing information.  The Labor Bulletin began in 1913 and the […]

Pic of the Week: Under Construction

Labor Day weekend starts in a few hours so I thought I would feature a photograph of the Adams Building (then known as the Library of Congress Annex) while it was under construction. Funds for the construction of the building were appropriated in 1930, with an additional appropriation in 1935.  It was mentioned in in […]

Five Questions (The Intern Edition): Brian Horowitz

1. What is your background?  I hail from Silver Spring, Maryland, about fifteen miles away from the Library. I currently attend Montgomery College where I am studying Psychology and Neuroscience. Before starting college I had the opportunity to live in Israel where I studied Jewish texts such as the Talmud. It was a once in […]

As American as Peanut Butter and Jelly

Today’s post is by 2011 Junior Fellow  Brian Horowitz of Montgomery College in Maryland. Brian is also the author of  the  Art of War…and of Sandwich Making and Stumbled upon in the Stacks– a brief biography of Brevet Major Alfred Mordecai. In elementary school my favorite lunch consisted of a peanut butter and jelly (PB&J)  sandwich in a brown […]

Five Questions (The Intern Edition): Ally Frueh

1. What is your background? My family currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin. I have also lived in Davenport, Iowa; Modesto, California; and Edwardsville, Illinois. I finished my first year at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. I am a Younglife leader for a group of high school freshman girls, an Admissions Ambassador, a member of […]

Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters

Tuesday’s 5.8 earthquake located in Virginia reminded me that the earth is alive. It also reminded me that it is important to always be prepared, because you never know what Mother Nature has in store for us. As expected, earthquakes and their effect on buildings and other structures are hot topics right now.  If you want […]

Five Questions (The Intern Edition): Vatina McLaurin

      1. What is your background? I’m a true Midwesterner!  I am from the Chicago suburbs and attend college in Rock Island, Illinois.  I am a sophomore at Augustana College and will pursue a double major in Anthropology and Religion.  I love learning about people’s cultures, values, and beliefs, which drove me to […]