November 25, 2015

Featured Image: A Few of the Things for Which We Are Thankful, Also Unthankful


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Today in History: Santa Catalina Island

Now see Santa Catalina, the Scenic Riviera of the U.S.A.

Today in History–November 24–the Library of Congress features Santa Catalina Island,  names on this date by Spanish explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno. Known as Pimu by its native inhabitants, the island had previously been called San Salvador by its Spanish discoverer explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. Find out more about this southern California island by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more related resources. Catalina Island image set 1877 Map of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: History Assessments of Thinking

The first Thanksgiving 1621

Is the painting above by J.L.G Ferris—The First Thanksgiving 1621—a useful resource for historians who wish to understand the relationship between the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrim settlers in 1621? This is the question asked by Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) consortium member Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) in one of their Beyond the Bubble History Assessments of Thinking (HATs). Beyond the Bubble uses Library of Congress primary sources in "easy-to-use … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The Kingdom of France

The Kingdom of France

Zoom into the center section of this map of the kingdom of France. Look carefully at the details shown in the map. Then read the text on the map. What can you tell about France from your analysis? Why do you think the creator chose to represent France as a ship? Now review the bibliographic record. When was this map created? Does the date and any other information from the bibliographic record help you to better answer the first two questions? How? Now zoom into the full map. With your class … [Read more...]

Integrating Technology: Linking Primary Sources to Literature


This is a guest post by Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. It is always a pleasure when I can connect my love of books with my love of history, seasoned with technology.  One favorite tool is ThingLink, which allows you to take a picture and embed links to other types of media within the picture.  I live in Montana and most of my students are more familiar with country music than jazz music. So how do I … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Navajo

Relocation - a Navajo perspective

Navajo image set More Navajo images Navajo books, reports & other documents Indian (Navajo) Land Cessions in the U.S. 1784-1894 Historical newspaper coverage: Navajo Indians through 1922 The Navajo mentions in personal narratives Navajo related oral history audio recordings Navajo code talkers veterans oral histories Navajo song and dance article Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers flyer Dineh Tah Navajo Dancers video recording U.S. legislation related to the Navajo … [Read more...]

Unlocking the Power of Primary Sources: 2015 Online Conference Recordings


On October 27-28, 2015, education experts and subject matter specialists presented 15 different sessions discussing resources and teaching strategies for using primary sources from the Library of Congress in the classroom. If you missed one or more sessions you were hoping to catch, don't worry. Each session was recorded and certificates are available for a limited time to those who view the recordings. (If you didn't register previously, you will need to register now to view the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Indian Removal

Map showing the lands assigned to emigrant Indians west of Arkansas and Missouri

These primary sources and teaching resources relate to the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Native Americans in U.S. history online presentation Native American Legal Struggles in Primary Sources Teaching with the Library of Congress blog November 4, 2014 Breaking the Bonds of People and Land: Native American Removal in the United States and Mexico streaming webcast Indian Removal, 1814-1858 PBS Indian removal: historic newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Primary Source Analysis & Annotation with ThingLink


ThingLink is an online tool that allows you to layer images and videos with text, web links, and other media files. Most digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, including most text documents, are saved as image files so ThingLink is a great tool for analyzing and annotating primary sources directly on the sources themselves. ThingLink is really easy to use. Check it out yourself by watching this YouTube video tutorial created by Dierdre Shetler for Cartwright School District … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange Topic Ideas Part III

NHD 2016 Part III

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2016 theme sample topics list. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Nelson Mandela’s Encounters with Apartheid Nelson Mandela primary source set The Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2011 Nelson Mandela Day – July 18  In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2013 The Death of Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013 Library of Congress Places in the News Nelson … [Read more...]