December 1, 2020

TPS Spotlight: Mars Hill University

The oldest program in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium, Mars Hill University provides free, high quality professional development to help teachers and other educational specialists in public, private and charter schools throughout Western North Carolina enrich instruction by using the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources. TPS Mars Hill also works closely with the university education department to introduce pre-service teachers to the … [Read more...]

NHD 2021: Topic Selection, Research, Sources & More

The graphic above from the Chicago Metro History Fair (CMHF) is a great encapsulation of how to choose a topic for a history fair project. In addition, ask yourself the questions listed below. Does the topic relate to the 2021 National History Day (NHD) theme Communication in History: The Key to Understanding? Does the topic relate to local or state history? Does the topic really interest you? Do you have a personal connection to the topic? (It’s not necessary but it can be a good … [Read more...]

NHD 2021 Communication in History: Topic Ideas & Resources

Conventions, Expositions, Fairs Today in History: Woman’s Rights Conventions Paris Exposition resources World's Columbian Exposition resources World's Fair resources World's Fair St. Louis resources | timeline & select historical newspaper articles Methods of Communication Sign language Braille Political Cartoons Posters Movements Abolition Civil Rights Conservation Harlem Renaissance Woman Suffrage | Tactics in the March to Suffrage … [Read more...]

Citizen U: Lessons Infusing Civics Across the Curriculum

The Citizen U curriculum is a collaboration between the Barat Education Foundation (BEF), Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF), and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (DePaul OIPL) and was developed thanks to a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program. The goal of the Citizen U curriculum is to infuse civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions across the core subjects in elementary, middle, and high school grades. Working with … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Nikola Tesla

Topics in Chronicling America - Nikola Tesla timeline & select newspaper articles More Nikola Tesla historical newspaper coverage Featured Source: Tesla’s 1922 Future Tech Predictions guided primary source analysis activity Messages to and from Outer Space Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond Poems of Personality "Tesla" Another Tesla portrait Tesla Memorial Society of New York Tesla: Master of Lightning from PBS … [Read more...]

Featured Source: 1894 Telephone Lines

Directory Instructions for placing a telephone call. A careful observance of the following will aid materially in securing good service: To call Central Office, give the bell crank one sharp turn; then take the hand telephone from the hook; place it firmly against the ear and listen for the operator, who should answer, “What number?” Give the operator the number of the station desired and the exchange within which such station is located.  For example: “NEW YORK: Cortlandt 1520;  … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Transcontinental Telegraph & the End of the Pony Express

Today in History–October 24–the Library of Congress features the transcontinental telegraph system was completed on this day in 1861, which signaled the rapid demise of the short-lived Pony Express. Learn more about these methods of long-distance communication by visiting the Today in History section then click the links below to access more related primary sources. First Transcontinental Telegraph System Was Completed from America's Library Telegraph maps and charts Pacific telegraph … [Read more...]