Top of page

Category: Heritage Months, Holidays, and Today in History

A botanical drawing of a pumpkin with vines, flower, and fruit

A Brief History of Pumpkin Pie in America

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

Even with the wide availability, popularity and convenience of both frozen and bakery pies, many people continued to bake their own pumpkin pies.  For some late 20th century cooks, that may have meant stewing a pie pumpkin, but many baby boomers grew up associating pumpkin pie with the recipe on the back of the pumpkin can, the one with evaporated milk, eggs, canned pumpkin, a prebaked crust—and pumpkin pie spice.

Silver stylized owl with radiant circles around its head, surrounded by a gold frame

Meet Mr. Bingle

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

This post was authored by Nanette Gibbs, Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. This is a teaser for a series of posts in 2018 to celebrate the New Orleans Tricentennial so stay tuned. Mention Mr. Bingle to just about anyone from New Orleans and they will probably smile and sing the …

Silver stylized owl with radiant circles around its head, surrounded by a gold frame

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

This post was authored by Nanette Gibbs, Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Just about every weekend throughout the year, New Orleans finds a way to celebrate an event or tradition.  2017 is no exception, with festivals such as the New Orleans Oyster Festival, French Market Creole Tomato Festival, Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco …

Silver stylized owl with radiant circles around its head, surrounded by a gold frame

To Finance the Great War

Posted by: Ellen Terrell

One of my favorite business titles in the Library’s collection is the Listing Statements of the New York Stock Exchange.   It yields a lot of really interesting information on stocks and bonds issued by companies.  It sometimes even includes company financial information, which can make it a great source for those doing company research. However, …

Black and white portrait of John Glenn with hands on a globe in front of an American flag

An American in Orbit: The Story of John Glenn

Posted by: Angel Vu

This post was authored by Sean Bryant, Science Reference & Research Specialist in the Science, Technology, and Business Division of the Library of Congress. Fifty five years ago this week John Hershel Glenn Jr. rode an Atlas rocket into a cloudy February morning. In his Mercury space capsule Friendship 7, Glenn became the third person, …