April 19, 2014

State Spotlight: Montana

See America Welcome to Montana

Montana stories from America’s Library Montana primary source set Montana maps Montana images Montana films & webcasts Montana oral history Montana books & other texts Montana historical newspapers Montana sheet music Montana legislation Montana Guide to Law Online Montana-related posts on PSN More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Virginia

Colton's Virginia.

Virginia stories from America’s Library Virginia primary source set Virginia image set from American Memory More Virginia images Virginia maps Virginia books & other texts Virginia songs & oral histories Virginia historical newspapers Virginia historical periodicals Virginia sheet music Virginia legislation Virginia Guide to Law Online Virginia-related posts on PSN More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Utah

Valley of babbling waters, southern Utah

Utah stories from America’s Library Utah primary source set Utah maps Utah books & other texts Utah historical newspapers Utah sheet music Utah songs & oral histories Utah image set Utah legislation Utah Guide to Law Online Utah-related posts on PSN More U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Kentucky

We'll have a jubilee in my old Kentucky Home

Kentucky stories from America’s Library Fighting (Civil War ) for Kentucky Today in History: October 8 Kentucky primary source set Kentucky image set from American Memory More Kentucky images Kentucky maps Kentucky books, articles & personal narratives Kentucky oral histories Kentucky historical newspapers Kentucky historical periodicals Kentucky sheet music Kentucky songs (streaming audio) Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers (streaming … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Print Advertising Across the Centuries

Print Advertising Across the Centuries Student Future Advertisement

Overview Advertisements showcase products and the latest technology while reflecting life and society as we know it, or wish it to be. This project encourages students to use their natural curiosity about the similarities between the past, present, and future to analyze and compare and contrast historical, contemporary, and hypothetical print advertisements of the future.* To complete this project, students will . . . learn about advertising persuasion techniques. analyze a historical … [Read more...]

Advanced Search Tips: Chronicling America Historic Newspapers

Advanced Search Tips: Chronicling America Historic Newspapers

Overview Chronicling America Historic Newspapers is produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress, as a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with coverage from 1836-1922. As of March, 2013, the Chronicling American digitized database contained more than 700 publications that were published in 26 states; the NDNP eventually plans to … [Read more...]

Today in History: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston, S.C. View of ruined buildings through porch of the Circular Church

Today in History–February 18–the Library of Congress features Charleston, South Carolina, which surrendered control to Union forces on this date in 1865. Learn more about this southern city that played a leading role in the events leading up to the Civil War by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to numerous related primary sources. Charleston maps Charleston images Charleston chain-gang (film) Charleston sheet music Charleston songs & oral … [Read more...]

Today in History: Illinois

Illinois: A descriptive and historical guide

Today in History—December 3—the Library of Congress features Illinois, which entered the Union as the 21st state on this day in 1818. Illinois is an Algonquin word meaning "tribe of superior men"; today the state is referred to as the Land of Lincoln and is one of the most populous of all the United States. Learn more about this midwestern hub by visiting the Today in History section, then gather more insights by delving into thousands of Illinois primary sources. Chicago primary … [Read more...]

Today in History: Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis grand march

Today in History–November 6–the Library of Congress features Jefferson Davis, elected president of the Confederate States of America on this day in 1861. Davis was a celebrated veteran of the Mexican War and served as secretary of war under Franklin Pierce. As a U.S. senator, Davis worked to keep the Union in tact but when his home state of Mississippi seceded, Davis threw in his lot with the Confederacy. Learn more about this southern leader by visiting the Today in History section, then click … [Read more...]

Today in History: Metropolitan Opera House

The Metropolitan Opera House and Its Predecessors - Social Features of Opening Night

Today in History–October 22–the Library of Congress features New York's Metropolitan Opera House, which opened its doors on this day in 1883. In addition to staging operas, the Met and other opera houses also hosted charity events, community dances, fairs, plays, vaudeville shows, and even funerals. Find out more about this prestigious cultural institution by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the Met and opera. Be sure not … [Read more...]