August 15, 2018

Today in History: May Day

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features May Day. Originally a celebration of spring, May Day later became a day to celebrate workers and is still celebrated as such in many countries around the world. Learn more about other May Day celebrations by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.May Day imagesMay Day books & textsMay Day historical U.S. newspaper coverageMay Day sheet musicBringing in the … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Christmas Children’s Section

The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 20 Dec. 1903. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles (Click the page image above to zoom in and then use the page arrow buttons to read the articles in this section or click the links below.)Boy's Christmas Aboard a Whaler The Heart of a Child Charades for Christmas Children's Christmas Parties Real Ghost Stories: page 1 and page 2 What I Would Do if I Had Ten Dollars Etiquette for … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Thanksgiving page Nov. 24, 1916

The Leavenworth Echo. (Leavenworth, Wash.), 24 Nov. 1916. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles (Click the page image above to zoom in and read the articles or open this .pdf document.)The Nation's Thanksgiving New York "Kids" on Thanksgiving A Happy Thanksgiving Song of the Glad Folks … [Read more...]

Featured Image: El Paso Herald 1915 Christmas Page

Image: How Europe's Soldiers Observe Christmas in Hospitals Near the Firing LinePoemsChristmas Cease Firing!Story: The Cave of Santa Claus … [Read more...]

Today in History: First Labor Day

Today in History–September 05–the Library of Congress features the first Labor Day, celebrated on this date in 1882. Organized by New York’s Central Labor Union, a representative group made up of from many local unions, the celebration featured a parade, picnic, concert, and speeches. This event inspired others around the country. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to declare Labor Day an official holiday and the federal government followed suit in 1894. Find out more by visiting … [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 Image: Christmas Toys

"Christmas Toys." Between 1908 and 1917. George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Summary: Small children gazing through Macy's toy window, New York City. … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

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

Today in History: April Fool!

Today in History–April 1–the Library of Congress features April Fools' Day. Although the origins of this fun-filled holiday are unclear, it's a great chance to play harmless jokes on friend. In France the fooled person is called poisson d'avril ("April fish") and in Scotland the person is called a gowk (cuckoo), the symbol of a simpleton. Find more stories about April Fools' Day by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more April fool primary … [Read more...]