The Case Of The Disappearing Butterflies

Curious about today’s Google Doodle? Read all about it right here! By Alyson Foster Content & Collections Specialist, National Geographic Library   For years, it was a longstanding mystery. After dancing and skimming in summer meadows from Canada to Texas and Florida, where did the monarch butterflies go with the approach of autumn? That they streamed south was certain. That they sometimes congregated in immense numbers … Continue reading The Case Of The Disappearing Butterflies

The Murky, Delicious History of the Ice Cream Cone

By Alyson Foster Content & Collections Specialist, National Geographic Library What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ice cream cones? Vanilla or mint chocolate chip? Sugar versus waffle? You may enjoy the flavors of this tasty treat, but chances are you’ve never paused to appreciate its clever design. Tasty and portable, the ice cream cone allows us to snack while … Continue reading The Murky, Delicious History of the Ice Cream Cone

Remembering Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

By Maggie Turqman Manager of Research, National Geographic Library Have you heard of Martha Washington?  Not the first lady, married to George. This Martha lived in the Cincinnati Zoo, and died 100 years ago, on September 1, 1914. Martha was a passenger pigeon. In fact, she was the very last one—when she died at age 29, her species officially went extinct.  What’s in a name? … Continue reading Remembering Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon

#tbt: Danzig and the Beginnings of World War II

The 75th Anniversary of Germany’s Invasion of Poland By Michael Fry Senior Map Librarian, National Geographic Library For many armchair historians, Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland evokes powerful imagery: waves of German infantry pouring into Poland; the Luftwaffe’s shrieking Stuka dive bombers; Panzer divisions streaking across the Polish plain. Germany’s blitzkrieg tactic was indeed impressive—Adolf Hitler had modernized Germany’s military more quickly than his European … Continue reading #tbt: Danzig and the Beginnings of World War II

#tbt: How a Riot Helped to Ratify the 19th amendment

By Alyson Foster Content & Collections Specialist, National Geographic Library This week marks the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. The event was the culmination of more than a century of struggle and setbacks for American women. For those of us living today, it’s hard to understand the controversy surrounding the enfranchisement of women. What’s the … Continue reading #tbt: How a Riot Helped to Ratify the 19th amendment