March 24, 2017

Primary Source Learning: Oral Histories & Personal Narratives

LOC.gov contains numerous oral history and personal narrative resources. Check out the lists below! Teaching resources Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Oral Histories Learning from the Source: Chicago Meatpackers & the Unions Learning from the Source: Digital Stories of Our Heroes Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives Primary Source Learning: September 11, 2001 Capturing an Oral History: Tips for Students Billy the Kid: … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Peaceful Village

Quiltmaker Interview How did you choose the materials used in your quilt? "I challenged myself to use all American fabrics and place them so that they had an African effect. I ended up using two small pieces of African fabric. One piece was from Soweto and has the face of Malcolm X on it. The piece was given to me by a friend who travelled to Africa. I used a lot of hand dyed and hand painted fabric that I did myself and one shibori piece that I did while taking a class. I was inspired by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Harriet Powers & Quilting

Today in History–October 29–the Library of Congress features quilter Harriet Powers, born on this day in 1837. Harriet Powers used a traditional appliqué technique to record local legends, Bible stories, and astronomical events. Find out more about the quilting tradition by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources about this folk art form. Quilts Preserve Memories (America's Library) Stitch a Quilt (America's Library) Quilts and … [Read more...]