October 24, 2018

Featured Image: Thanksgiving page Nov. 24, 1916

The Leavenworth Echo. (Leavenworth, Wash.), 24 Nov. 1916. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles (Click the page image above to zoom in and read the articles or open this .pdf document.)The Nation's Thanksgiving New York "Kids" on Thanksgiving A Happy Thanksgiving Song of the Glad Folks … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Wampanoag

The Wampanoag the tribe in Massachusetts is famous for having helped the Pilgrims to survive the first difficult winters in America. Learn more by clicking through to the links below.ImagesWampanoag image set Massasoit and his warriors Massasoit--On his way to meet the Pilgrims and sign the Peace Treaty Goffe rallying the men of Hadley [in defense of Indian attack during King Philip's War, Hadley, Mass., 1675-76]Historical newspaper coverageMassasoit … [Read more...]

Featured Source: A Preacher Tries Farming

The page shown above comes from a transcript of a 1930s oral history interview with George Strester who remembers a memorable Thanksgiving time when his father, a preacher, tried farming in Nebraska in 1873. Click the links below to browse through some related images, then read Strester's whole story. Describe how the images enhanced your understanding of the story.young family, near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska sod house near Woods Park, Custer County, Nebraska Mrs. Debusk, … [Read more...]

Featured Image: A Few of the Things for Which We Are Thankful, Also Unthankful

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Primary Source Learning: History Assessments of Thinking

Is the painting above by J.L.G Ferris—The First Thanksgiving 1621—a useful resource for historians who wish to understand the relationship between the Wampanoag Indians and the Pilgrim settlers in 1621? This is the question asked by Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) consortium member Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) in one of their Beyond the Bubble History Assessments of Thinking (HATs).Beyond the Bubble uses Library of Congress primary sources in "easy-to-use … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Football

This primary source spotlight shines a light on the sport of American football.Spinner Play, lithograph by American artist Benton Spruance - guided primary source analysis activitiesFootball imagesFootball filmsPresident Roosevelt at the Army-Navy game 1902 Princeton and Yale football game 1903 Chicago-Michigan football game 1903Sports Byline USA radio program football audio recordingsJim Brown 08-15-2002 John Elway 01-24-2003 Archie Griffin 06-25-1993 … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Thanksgiving Shopping Insert

Zoom into this newspaper page online or download a larger image. Use the shopping insert to help craft a Thanksgiving menu. What would you serve based on the items offered for sale?Look closely at the illustrations surrounding the advertisements. Add speech bubbles to bring the scene depicted at the top of the page to life.Compare and contrast this Thanksgiving shopping insert with other 1914 inserts from around the country. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thanksgiving

Today in History–November 26–the Library of Congress features Thanksgiving, designated by President George Washington on this date in 1789. Seventy-four years later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November national Thanksgiving Day. Learn more about U.S. Thanksgiving traditions by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources, background, and teaching resources.Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

New Year's primary source collectionValentine's Day primary source collectionSt. Patrick's DaySt. Patricks Day (stories, images, music) Today in History: St. Patricks Day (March 17) St. Patricks Day in America St. Patricks Day imagesApril Fools' Day primary source collectionEasterEaster: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933 Chicago History Museum Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymnsArbor Day primary source … [Read more...]

Featured Source: A Thanksgiving Truce

Why do you think the creator titled this cartoon "A Thanksgiving Truce"? Use specific details from the source to support your response.What do you think the bear meant when it said (with deep feeling), "Here's hoping that when next we meet, we see you first."?Do some research to learn some more about Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders. What discoveries did you make? What new perspectives of this cartoon do you now have?What other observations, reflections or questions does this … [Read more...]