July 21, 2017

Today in History: Christmas

Today in History–December 25–the Library of Congress features Christmas. Although the exact origins of this holiday are uncertain, the Christian church in Rome observed the Feast of the Nativity on this date in the year 336. Today, Christmas celebrations include both religious and secular traditions. Discover more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Christmas. Christmas image set Featured Images Christmas Children’s … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Princeton Union Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 1914

"Christmas page." The Princeton Union. (Princeton, Minn.), 24 Dec. 1914. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Don't miss these other Santa Clause resources! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Why I Believe in Santa

Click the newspaper above to zoom in to the page. First read the center article, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." What was the editor's claim and what arguments did he make to support that claim? Now read what the citizens of Rock Island had to say about Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit. What themes do these stories convey? Write about the spirit of a holiday that you celebrate, describing why it is meaningful to you. What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]

Today in History: Happy Hanukkah

Today in History–December 15–the Library of Congress features Hanukkah. The first day of the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem was celebrated on this date in 2006. Also known as the Feast or Festival of Lights, Hanukkah reflects the story of a one-day supply of oil at the temple miraculously burning for eight days. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below for related resources. Happy Hanukkah from the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cinco de Mayo

Today in History–May 5–the Library of Congress features Cinco de Mayo, celebrating May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops successfully defended the town of Puebla against French forces. In the spring of 1863, the city was recaptured by the French and a European was crowned Emperor of Mexico. Emperor Maximillian remained in power until 1867 when Napoleon III withdrew troops and abandoned Mexico. Today, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico and is marked as a celebration of Mexican culture in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thanksgiving

Today in History–November 25–the Library of Congress features Thanksgiving, celebrated by the pilgrims as early as 1621 to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. According to the Library, "Throughout the colonial period and into the 19th century, official days of feasting and fasting commemorated periods of good and poor fortune." In 1789, George Washington made the first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation. Seventy-four years later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

New Year's primary source collection Valentine's Day primary source collection St. Patrick's Day St. Patricks Day (stories, images, music) Today in History: St. Patricks Day (March 17) St. Patricks Day in America St. Patricks Day images April Fools' Day primary source collection Easter Easter: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933 Chicago History Museum Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymns Arbor Day primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today in History–January 15–the Library of Congress features civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., born on this date in 1929. King entered Morehouse College at 15, received a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951, and a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955. Armed with his doctorate and belief in the use of non-violent action to end racial discrimination, King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and joined the civil right movement. In less than a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: New Year’s

New Year's images New Year's sheet music Portuguese New Year's Songs  New Year's books & articles Select historic newspaper articles: New Year's Select historic newspaper articles: Mummer's New Year Parade (modern-day Mummer's Parade info) Front-page newspaper coverage: December 31, 1912 Front-page newspaper coverage: January 1, 1913 … [Read more...]

Today in History: Memorial Day

Today in History–May 30–the Library of Congress features Memorial Day, first celebrated on this day in 1868 at Arlington National Cemetery, where both Confederate and Union soldiers were buried. Learn more about this national day of observance celebrating those who died in defense of the United States by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more related primary sources. Featured Image: Memorial Day (from Puck magazine) Featured Image: Memorial Day, … [Read more...]