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Esther Howland and the Business of Love

Today’s guest post is by Mary Champagne, a reference librarian in the Main Reading Room. Her specialties are post-Civil War U.S. History and Anthropology. Esther Howland, known as “New England’s first career woman,” was a visionary artist and entrepreneur who popularized Valentine’s Day cards in the United States. Beautiful and elaborate European valentines were available […]

Free Teacher Webinar, Thursday March 17: Teaching with Primary Sources in the Science Classroom

This post was written by Trey Smith, the Library of Congress 2015-16 Science Teacher in Residence and was originally published on the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog. Join us for a one-hour webinar on Thursday, March 17, at 4pm ET to explore how primary sources can support problem- and project-based learning in science […]

Tiny but Mighty: Mann’s 1904 Afro-American Business Directory

Business Reference is often asked for information about older or defunct businesses and finding any information can be challenging. But it is even harder to research businesses that were owned and operated by African Americans. While some business directory publishers may have denoted those businesses in some way, that wasn’t always the case. Recently I […]