July 20, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Bats & Vampires

Bats Bats: Spooky Superheroes? Folklife Today blog October 27, 2016 Creatures of the Night: Bats Inside Adams blog, October 31, 2012 "Unsuccessful effort to draw bats from the belfry of W.A. White" sketch by Theodore Roosevelt Bat image set Bat wildlife reports (California, South Dakota, Utah, United States; Alberta, Canada; New Zealand) Vampires "The press" and "Vampire press" in Three Parts 1889 The Vampires of Onset, Past and Present 1892 The Vampire of the … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Sensory Exploration

The sensory exploration graphic organizer is a great way to introduce students, especially younger ones, to primary source analysis. It also helps with vocabulary development. Encourage students to write words in each column for each sense. After, you may have students create a poem of their choice using the words they brainstormed; they may choose to write the poem from the point of view of someone outside the image or from a person, animal, or thing inside the image. If students drew images, … [Read more...]

Today in History: Yosemite

Today in History–June 30–the Library of Congress features Yosemite. On this day in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Valley Grant Act, giving the valley and nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove to California "upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation." The area became a top tourist destination but towards the end of the century, there was support to return Yosemite to the federal government. In 1890, Yosemite National Park was … [Read more...]

Featured Source: A Thanksgiving Truce

Why do you think the creator titled this cartoon "A Thanksgiving Truce"? Use specific details from the source to support your response. What do you think the bear meant when it said (with deep feeling), "Here's hoping that when next we meet, we see you first."? Do some research to learn some more about Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. What discoveries did you make? What new perspectives of this cartoon do you now have? What other observations, reflections or questions does this … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Independence Day at Last

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Today in History: Rare Children’s Books

Today in History–March 13–the Library of Congress features rare children's books. Someone wrote "Enoch Brooks' Book, Princeton, March 13th, 1789" in permanent ink in a Library of Congress copy of a rare children's Bible: A Curious Hieroglyphick Bible published by Isaiah Thomas. Learn more about this early American printer and literature publisher by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a selection of the children's books available from the digitized … [Read more...]