July 20, 2017

Today in History: Lawrence of Arabia

Today in History–May 19–TPS-Barat features Thomas Edward (T.E.) Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, who died in England on this date in 1935. An archaeological scholar from Oxford, Lawrence enlisted in World War I and was sent to the middle east because of his familiarity with the region. One newspaper proclaimed him to be the liberator of Arabia but the story may be more complicated. Click the links below to discover more. Thomas Edward Lawrence images Meetings of British, Arab, … [Read more...]

NHD 2016: Exploration, Encounter, Exchange Topic Ideas Part III

These curated resource lists coincide with the order of the topic ideas listed in the NHD 2016 theme sample topics list. Note: historic newspaper coverage is from 1836-1922. Nelson Mandela’s Encounters with Apartheid Nelson Mandela primary source set The Inspiring Story of Nelson Mandela In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2011 Nelson Mandela Day – July 18  In Custodia Legis blog July 18, 2013 The Death of Nelson Mandela December 5, 2013 Library of Congress Places in the News Nelson … [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: Thanksgiving

Today in History–November 25–the Library of Congress features Thanksgiving, celebrated by the pilgrims as early as 1621 to give thanks for a bountiful harvest. According to the Library, "Throughout the colonial period and into the 19th century, official days of feasting and fasting commemorated periods of good and poor fortune." In 1789, George Washington made the first national Thanksgiving Day proclamation. Seventy-four years later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hippodrome

Today in History–August 16–the Library of Congress features the Hippodrome Theater, which closed permanently on this day in 1939. Opened in 1905, this gigantic theater seated up to 5,200 people and was the stage for the most popular vaudeville performers of the time, including Harry Houdini. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Library resources related to the Hippodrome Theater and theater in general. Curious about the Hippodrome in … [Read more...]