November 17, 2022

Today in History: Elizabeth Keckley

Today in History–November 15–the Library of Congress features Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, whose emancipation deed was signed on this date in 1855. Although best known for her role as confidante and dressmaker to President Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd, Keckley was also an author and a generous philanthropist who assisted escapees from southern slavery. Find out more by visiting the  Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Mention of Elizabeth Keckley in … [Read more...]

Latest News, Events, Opportunities, Resources & PD from the Library & TPS Consortium

News From the Library Good Times Are Here! New to the National Jukebox Nearly 6,000 new recordings have been added to the National Jukebox recently. Peruse some highlights showcased by the Now See Hear! blog. Since its initial launch in 2011, the National Jukebox has provided streaming access to thousands of acoustic sound recordings from the very earliest days of the commercial record industry. More content is added each year as more recordings enter the public domain. | Access … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Black Hawk War of 1832

Black Hawk 1832 historical newspaper coverage Indian Wars of the West 1833 Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk, and Scenes in the West: a National Poem in Six Cantos 1849 The Great Indian Chief of the West: Life and Adventures of Black Hawk 1854 Battle of Bad Axe print 1857 Scenes and adventures in the army: or, Romance of military life 1859 The good old times in McLean County, Illinois: containing two hundred and sixty-one sketches of old settlers, a complete historical … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving primary source set with teacher's guide Primary Source Learning: The Wampanoag, the Plimoth Colonists & the First Thanksgiving Teaching Now: Separating Myths from History Thanksgiving with Richard Blanco's "América" Thanksgiving Then & Now – an historical newspaper exercise for kindergarten Guided primary source analyses A Thanksgiving Truce Thanksgiving Shopping Insert A Preacher Tries Farming Beyond the Bubble: The First … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Floods & Landslides

Floods Flood images Flood maps Oral histories related to floods Flood sheet music Swept by Mighty Waters c. 1913 Books, reports and other texts related to floods U.S. historical newspaper coverage: flood disasters Johnstown Flood (1899): Topics in Chronicling America select articles & timeline Galveston Flood of 1900: Topics in Chronicling America select articles & timeline U.S. legislation related to flooding Johnstown Flood Disaster May 31, 1889 from … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Civilian Conservation Corps

Civilian Conservation Corps image set Civilian Conservation Corps images by state CCC Legacy Civilian Conservation Corps oral history recordings Civilian Conservation Corps historical newspaper articles Reports & other texts related to the Civilian Conservation Corps More Civilian Conservation Corps documents CCC Legacy Federal regulations related to the Civilian Conservation Corps Modern U.S. legislation related to the Civilian Conservation Corps The Civilian … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Conservation & Environment

Library lessons Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: The Hetch Hetchy Controversy Explorations in American Environmental History Natural Disasters: Nature's Fury Collection Connections Evolution of the Conservation Movement Mapping the National Parks Conservation & environment lessons from the Citizen U Multidisciplinary Civics Lesson Library Carbon Footprints, Climate, and Civic Causes Civic Actions to Impact the Future Do Our Parks Do What They Are … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Smallpox & Inoculation

1721 proclamation mentioning small pox The Fight Over Inoculation During the 1721 Boston Smallpox Epidemic Science in the News, Harvard University An historical account of the small-pox inoculated in New-England 1726 Internet Archive George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence: Massachusetts House of Representatives, October 5, 1775, Smallpox Resolution George Washington letter to Martha Washington urging inoculation June 24, 1776 George Washington and the First … [Read more...]

Selecting Primary Sources: Strategies & Tips

Use these resources from the Library of Congress and Citizen U to help you select the best primary sources for instructional use. Foundations Webinar: Selecting Primary Sources recording | session materials Selecting Primary Sources: Criteria for Classroom Use Selecting Primary Sources: Knowing your Students Selecting Primary Sources: Learning Activity Criteria Selecting Primary Sources for the Classroom: Considering Moment of Use Selecting Primary Sources: Considering … [Read more...]

Collections Spotlight: Cyclones, Hurricanes, Typhoons

Cyclones The recent cyclone in the South photograph U.S.S. Yantic, after cyclone photograph Sailing in a cyclone storm sheet music The Voice of the Cyclone on Sea and Land 1893 U.S. historical newspaper coverage of cyclones US. legislation related to cyclones Places in the News October 2012: Cyclone Nilam heading towards India Fiji : February 20, 2016 - Cyclone Winston Hurricanes Hurricane image set Hurricane films & event recordings Hurricane … [Read more...]