June 29, 2020

Today in History: Duke Kahanamoku – Surfing & Swimming

Today in History–August 11–the Library of Congress features swimmer Duke Kahanamoku, also known as the “father of international surfing“, who broke the world record in the 100-yard freestyle swim by 4.6 seconds in Honolulu Harbor on this day in 1911. Kahanamoku went on to win numerous gold and silver medals in several Olympic Games and helped to repopularize surfing as a sport. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, the click the links below to access more primary sources.

Even Royalty Surfs in Hawaii from America’s Library

Duke Kahanamoku images

Duke Kahanamoku historical newspaper coverage

Swimming image set

Historical books about swimming 1878-1929

Sports Byline USA broadcast with [swimmer] Natalie Coughlin 12-15-2008

Historical newspaper coverage related to the sport of swimming

Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources: America’s Champion Swimmer Gertrude Ederle AASL Knowledge Quest

Surf & surfing primary source set

Historical newspaper coverage related to the sport of surfing

Today in History: Hawaii

Today in History: Olympic Games

More curated collections of sports resources

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