November 20, 2021

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Washington Chapter 1917

Use the Library of Congress primary source analysis tool to analyze this image. What did you discover? What is the Washington Chapter and what are they doing? What more can you learn from the bibliographic record? Review some related historical newspaper articles to find out more. What did you learn? In what ways did your discoveries inform your understanding of this image? What new questions do you have? Take a look at this set of related images. Then conduct some research to find out … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Christmas Children’s Section

The San Francisco Call. (San Francisco [Calif.]), 20 Dec. 1903. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles (Click the page image above to zoom in and then use the page arrow buttons to read the articles in this section or click the links below.) Boy's Christmas Aboard a Whaler The Heart of a Child Charades for Christmas Children's Christmas Parties Real Ghost Stories: page 1 and page 2 What I Would Do if I Had Ten Dollars Etiquette for … [Read more...]

Featured Source: El Paso Herald 1915 Christmas Page

Image: How Europe's Soldiers Observe Christmas in Hospitals Near the Firing Line Poems Christmas Cease Firing! Story: The Cave of Santa Claus … [Read more...]

Today in History: Christmas

Today in History–December 25–the Library of Congress features Christmas. Although the exact origins of this holiday are uncertain, the Christian church in Rome observed the Feast of the Nativity on this date in the year 336. Today, Christmas celebrations include both religious and secular traditions. Discover more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Christmas. Christmas image set Featured Sources Christmas … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Princeton Union Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 1914

"Christmas page." The Princeton Union. (Princeton, Minn.), 24 Dec. 1914. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Don't miss these other Santa Clause resources! … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Christmas Toys

"Christmas Toys." Between 1908 and 1917. George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Summary: Small children gazing through Macy's toy window, New York City. … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Why I Believe in Santa

Click the newspaper above to zoom in to the page. First read the center article, "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus." What was the editor's claim and what arguments did he make to support that claim? Now read what the citizens of Rock Island had to say about Santa Claus and the Christmas spirit. What themes do these stories convey? What sense of community do you get from them? Write about the spirit of a holiday that is special to you, describing why it is meaningful to you and the … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Santa Claus’ Aeroplane

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Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

Celebrate with these primary source collections! New Year's Day Valentine's Day St. Patrick's Day April Fools' Day Easter Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymns Arbor Day Earth Day Mother's Day Memorial Day Father's Day Independence Day Labor Day Columbus Day primary source collection Halloween primary source collection Veteran's Day Thanksgiving Hanukkah Christmas Kwanzaa Dream Keeper, Kwanzaa full image Dream … [Read more...]

Today in History: A Visit from St. Nicholas

Today in History–December 24–the Library of Congress features the famous poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" penned by Clement C. Moore on this day in 1822. Today the poem is best known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas". Find out more about Moore and his famous tale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Santa Claus. A reprint of the first publication of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" c. 1830 "A Visit from Saint Nicholas" … [Read more...]