March 25, 2017

Today in History: Stravinsky & Balanchine

Today in History–December 1–the Library of Congress features the New York City Ballet premier of Agon, a collaboration between Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine, on this date in 1957. Both Russian émigrés and colleagues from the Paris Ballet Russes, Stravinsky was a top composer of ballet music and Balanchine a leading ballet choreographer. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and clicking the links to related resources below. A Ballet for Balanchine American Treasures of … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Russia & the former Soviet Union

These primary source collections relate to Russia as well as the former Soviet Union. Russia primary source set World Digital Library Soviet Union primary source set World Digital Library Meeting of Frontiers, Russia & America in Alaska bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library Prokudin-Gorskii Collection color photos from the Russian empire 1905-1915 Revelations from the Russian Archives online exhibition Russian Photographs, 1992-2002: Reflections online … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Religion

PSN Today in History primary source collections John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore Cardinal James Gibbons Anne Marbury Hutchinson William Penn Phyllis Wheatley Brigham Young & the Mormon Pioneers Religious Freedom Missions of Old California Touro Synagogue American Memory Collections The American Colony in Jerusalem, 1870-2006 The Church in the Southern Black Community, 1780-1925 Early Virginia Religious Petitions The Hannah Arendt Papers at the Library … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia-Then & Now

Overview Students will collaborate to analyze, compare, and contrast newspaper coverage of events in Crimea and Ukraine in the mid-19th century and early 20th century with  2014 media coverage of events involving Crimea, Ukraine and Russia to illuminate the geopolitical history of the region and consider how examining the past shapes perspectives and understanding of current events. Enduring Understanding: Events and actions of the past affect the present and the future. Instructions 1. As … [Read more...]

Today in History: Memo from Stalin

Today in History–August 13–the Library of Congress features a memo from Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, written on this day in 1942. Stalin drafted the memorandum to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt opposing their decision not to invade Western Europe.  Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access resources related to Stalin. Joseph Stalin wrote a memo from America's Library Memo from Soviet … [Read more...]

Today in History: Anne Marbury Hutchinson

Today in History–July 20–the Library of Congress features Anne Marbury Hutchinson, baptized on this day in 1591 (according to the Old, or Julian, Calendar). This well-educated daughter of an outspoken clergyman silenced for criticizing the Church of England emigrated to the American colonies where she was later persecuted for her own outspoken religious beliefs. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to religion … [Read more...]

Today in History: Alaska Purchase

Today in History–March 30–the Library of Congress features the United States purchase of Alaska from Russia, which Secretary of State William Seward agreed to on this day in 1867. Opponents of the $7.2 million purchase called it "Seward's Folly" but opinions changed following the discovery of gold and, later, oil. Learn more by reviewing the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. Meeting of Frontiers: Alaska - The Alaska Purchase Alaska Purchase lesson plan A selection … [Read more...]

Today in History: Sophie Tucker

Today in History–January 13–the Library of Congress features Sophie Tucker, born on this date in 1884 or 1886 as Sonya Kalish. Learn more about the life of this much loved entertainer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to Sophie Tucker and musical entertainment styles of her day. Sophie Tucker sheet music Sophie Tucker images Sophie Tucker historical newspaper coverage American Variety Stage: Vaudeville & Popular … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Carroll, First Bishop of Baltimore

Today in History–August 15–the Library of Congress features John Carroll, who became the first Bishop of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States on this day in 1790 (click the link to read a contemporary account of the event).  Find out more about Carroll and his role in religion of the period by visiting the Today in History section. Then click the links below to access primary sources related to John Carroll as well as other religion primary sources and teaching resources from the … [Read more...]