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Marie Curie: A Gift of Radium

Today’s post is guest authored by Michelle Cadoree Bradley, a science reference specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress.  She is also the author of the blog posts George Washington Carver and Nature Study and Stumbled Upon in the Stacks, or the Chimp in my Office.   On May […]

George Washington Carver and Nature Study

Today’s post is guest authored by Michelle Cadoree Bradley, a science reference specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. She is also the author of the blog post, “Stumbled Upon in the Stacks, or the Chimp in my Office.” …a very large part of the child’s education must be […]

Du Bois in Paris – Exposition Universelle, 1900

The Paris Exposition held in 1900 was a lavish affair featuring contributions from all over the world showcased in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I was really inspired when I saw an image titled “Negro business men in the United States” and was intrigued by information in the note indicating that […]

Presidential Food Book Display at Main Reading Room Open House

Today’s post is authored by Constance Carter, head of the science reference section. Connie has written for Inside Adams before- see her posts on Presidential Wheels, Civil War Thanksgiving Foods,  Food Thrift, the Chocolate Chip Cookie, LC Science Tracer Bullets, and her mentor Ruth S. Freitag. On the 16th of February, in honor of George Washington’s birthday […]

Kebabs, Kabobs, Shish Kebabs, Shashlyk, and: Chislic?

This is a guest post by Science Reference Librarian Stephanie Marcus. Everyone loves meat on a stick (well, probably not vegetarians). The website “Overlooked Holidays” alerts us that March 28th is “Something on a Stick Day.” Well in advance of that, I’d like to introduce you all to my native state’s contribution–chislic. I hail from […]

Featured Advertisement (card): Aunt Sally Baking Powder

Advertising cards, also known as trading or trade cards, originated in 18th century England and made their way across the Atlantic. They were very popular in the Victorian era and functioned somewhat like a modern business card would today. They are highly collectible and offer a pretty window into advertising and companies in the 19th […]

Battling with the Scale: A Look Back at Weight Loss Trends in the U.S.

As we enter this new year, many of us have made resolutions to spend more time with family, to volunteer, perhaps to stop smoking, and of course, to get fit and lose weight. The widespread desire to become healthier and shed those extra pounds is met with a plethora of weight loss products, programs, and […]

The Bicentennial of a Big Battle in New Orleans and the End of a War

This is not a business post, but I am from New Orleans and wanted to acknowledge the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans and the end of the War of 1812. While the Battle of New Orleans was fought after the December 24, 1814 signing of the Treaty of Ghent that officially ended the […]