January 21, 2017

NHD 2017: Selecting a Topic for a History Project

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (formerly Chicago Metro History Education Center or CMHEC) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below. Does the topic relate to the 2017 National History Day (NHD) theme: Taking a Stand in History? For Illinois students, does the topic relate to local or Illinois state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Civil Rights

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on civil rights but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. More CMHEC topics will be referenced in subsequent posts. American Indians in Chicago during Progressive Era American Indians Chicago: historic newspaper articles … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Women & Family

Below you will find Library of Congress resources curated by TPS-Barat that relate to National History Day 2016 topic ideas from the Chicago Metro History Education Center. This set specifically focuses on women and family but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. More CMHEC topics will be referenced in subsequent posts. Encountering Masculinity: The Armour Mission Armour Mission historic newspaper coverage Exchanging … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Preparing for National History Day

The Library of Congress is the perfect place to find primary source analysis strategies, tools and curated resource lists for National History Day (NHD) 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. To help teachers prepare to guide students in primary source analyses and using resources from the Library of Congress, TPS-Barat will be offering various no-cost online teacher professional development workshops in October, November and January. The TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: World Digital Library

Overview The World Digital Library (WDL) provides access to multilingual primary sources from around the world. It's mission is to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding by highlighting the stories and achievements of all countries and cultures. WDL "is a project of the U.S. Library of Congress, carried out with the support of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), and in cooperation with libraries, archives, museums, educational institutions, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. History by Time Period

Note: resources may cover more than one time period, so be sure to check surrounding time periods Transatlantic Encounters & Colonial Beginnings Maps of Discovery & Exploration Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier: Exploration and Early Settlement 1492: An Ongoing Voyage Christopher Columbus primary source collection Encounters in America Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake Bank note explorer vignettes Settlement primary source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Math Activities That Add Up

Integrating primary sources into the social studies curriculum doesn't take a quantum leap of imagination, but can you imagine how they could be paired with math? Numerous teachers who have gone through Teaching with Primary Sources programs delivered by TPS consortium members, have done just that. Intrigued? Check out their formulas for mathematical learning by reviewing the resources listed below. Thanks to Dr. Lucianne Brown, Director of Governors State University TPS program, who helped … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Searching Across the American Memory Collections

Exploring American Memory American Memory is the online gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. This section of the Library of Congress offers millions of digital items from nearly 150 historical collections. Tips for Searching the Collections You can locate items in the American Memory collections by using the Browse or Search functions. Browse Function You can browse collections by topic, time period, source … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Uncovering Primary Source Treasures

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog highlights a collection of videos featuring Library curators briefly describing treasured items and their historical importance and provides some ideas for using the treasure videos with students. You can access the collection of Hidden Treasure videos at the Library of Congress or from the Hidden Treasures playlist on the Library of Congress YouTube channel. For more treasures, don't miss the Library's online exhibition, American Treasures of the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jane Addams & Hull House

Today in History–September 6–the Library of Congress features Jane Addams, born on this day in 1860. Addams went on to found Hull House, which provided welfare assistance to needy families and recreation facilities for poor children, and was awarded a Nobel peace prize in 1931. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about Jane Addams, Hull House, and women's history. Jane Addams stories from America's … [Read more...]