December 14, 2017

Unlocking the Power of Primary Sources: 2015 Online Conference Recordings

On October 27-28, 2015, education experts and subject matter specialists presented 15 different sessions discussing resources and teaching strategies for using primary sources from the Library of Congress in the classroom. If you missed one or more sessions you were hoping to catch, don't worry. Each session was recorded and certificates are available for a limited time to those who view the recordings. (If you didn't register previously, you will need to register now to view the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bird Day

Today in History–May 4–the Library of Congress features Bird Day, first celebrated on this day in 1894. Pennsylvania school superintendent Charles Almanzo Babcock initiated this celebration, in conjunction with Arbor Day, to help encourage conservation training, particularly among young people. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to birds. Bird Day: How To Prepare for It Bird lore, vol. 1. Citizen bird: scenes … [Read more...]

Today in History: Dizzy Gillespie

Today in History–January 6–the Library of Congress features jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, who died on this date in 1993. Learn more about the terrific trumpeter-composer-bandleader who was one of the key figures in modern jazz music by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below for related primary sources. Dizzy Gillespie from America's Library Dizzy Gillespie, Carl Van Vechten image set Dizzy Gillespie, William Gottlieb image set "Posin'" Down Beat 13, no. 12 … [Read more...]

Today in History: W.C. Handy & the Blues

Today in History–September 28–the Library of Congress features William Christopher Handy, whose song the "Memphis Blues" was published on this date in 1912. Handy introduced the blues into mainstream music and became known as the father of the blues. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access a rich collection of blues music resources. W.C. Handy song recordings W.C. Handy sheet music W.C. Handy images "Now What a Time": Blues, … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Media & Migrant Laborer Perspectives

Voices from the Dust Bowl: The Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration (FSA) migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. Todd and Sonkin, both of the City College of New York, traveled to Arvin, Bakersfield, El Rio, Firebaugh, Porterville, Shafter, Thornton, Visalia, Westley, and Yuba City, California and recorded … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: World War I Teaching Resources

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog provides some great primary source teaching ideas related to supporting the troops, focusing in on wartime clothing drives. Be sure to check out these World War I clothing-related posters. There are also lots more teaching resources to draw from. American Memory Timeline: U.S. Participation in the Great War (background & primary source analysis activities) Primary Source Learning: Personal Perspectives of World War I (primary source activities … [Read more...]

Today in History: World War I

Today in History–June 28–the Library of Congress features World War I. Two events bracketing this global conflict happened on June 28. The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, set off a chain of events leading to the first world war. Five years later, on June 28, 1919, Germany and the Allies signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending World War I. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links … [Read more...]