July 27, 2017

NHD 2016: CMHEC Topic Ideas – Arts & Culture

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 the arts and culture but all topic ideas are related to the 2016 NHD theme: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. NOTE: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Exchanging Worlds, Exploring and Encountering Empire: World’s Fair Columbian Exposition The 1893 World Columbian … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Technology Time Travel

Set students to sleuthing by traveling back in time with historic newspapers to discover how the hot new technology at the turn of the 20th century evolved. Have students work in groups to analyze the primary sources and, together, uncover the evolution of radio technology. Then have students investigate other primary and secondary sources to compare and contrast radio's evolution to another technology of today. What parallels do they notice? What lessons can they learn from history to help them … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Circus radio broadcast

Imagine you are the elephant. What is your "song" about? Create speech or thought bubbles for the two men and the elephant in this picture. How could we broadcast the elephant's "song" today? What kind of equipment would we use? How is that similar to and different from the equipment used in this image? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Basketball

Today in History–January 16–the Library of Congress features basketball. The first unofficial college basketball game was played on this date in 1896 when the University of Chicago beat the University of Iowa by a score of 15-12. Learn more about this sport by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more basketball primary sources. Sports lovers will want to check out our many other sports primary source sets. Check out the Olympics sets too. Basketball … [Read more...]

Today in History: Political Debates

Today in History–October 21–the Library of Congress features political debates, highlighting the final round of the Kennedy-Nixon presidential debate which was televised on this day in 1960. Learn more about these "Great Debates", the Lincoln-Douglas debates, and the role of radio in presidential debates and addresses of the 1920s and 1930s by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources. The Debates in the Several State Conventions … [Read more...]