October 23, 2019

Featured Source: Little Rory Borealis

Look carefully at this map of the Arctic (online or .pdf document). Which countries could Rory live in if he lived above the Arctic Circle? Which of the animals in the picture would you NOT see in the Arctic Circle? Rory's mother named him after the Aurora Borealis, also called the Northern Lights, which you can see in the Arctic. Find out more about the Northern Lights. What causes them? When can you see them? Imagine you are living in the Arctic Circle. Draw a picture of you living … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Woman and Child

Describe how this illustration makes you feel. What details in the drawing contribute to this feeling? Write a description of this scene or write a poem to accompany the illustration. Now read the poem that this drawing illustrated. Describe how this poem compares with what you wrote. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! Related resource Today in History: Celebrating Mothers … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Cornell-Liberty Safety Car

Using a magnifying glass, can you decipher any of the notes? What safety features are recommended? Compare and contrast this illustration with the studies for the 1961 Avanti. What similarities do you notice? What differences do you see? Describe and explain safety features that you would recommend for a car today. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Bell’s Photophone

Today in History–June 3–the Library of Congress features the invention of the photophone on this date in 1880 by Alexander Graham Bell. Although more famously known for the telephone, the photophone transmitted sound on a beam of light. This technology with the precursor to fiber optics which today transmits voice and data communications at the speed of light. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more stories and primary sources related to the … [Read more...]

Today in History: Erie Canal

Today in History–October 26–the Library of Congress features the Erie Canal, which opened on this day in 1825. Harnessing gravity, the 363-mile waterway flowed from Buffalo, New York on the east coast of Lake Erie to the upper Hudson River at Albany. Decried by many as "Clinton's Folly", New York Governor  DeWitt Clinton, the canal proved to be tremendously successful and encouraged settlement of the upper Midwest. Find out more about the Erie Canal by visiting the Today in History section, then … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Julian and Julienne

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Featured Image: Frederick Douglass lithograph

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Today in History: New York Public Library

Today in History–May 23–the Library of Congress features the New York Public Library, dedicated on this day in 1911. The dedication was presided over by President William Howard Taft. Learn more about how the NYPL got its start by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources. Timeline & select historic newspaper articles: New York Public Library New York Public Library image set RMA flag service on the steps of New York Public … [Read more...]

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Political Cartoons

Political cartoons, many of which contain both an image and text, are great primary sources to use with students to help them recognize and understand symbolism, perspective, and bias as well as put people, events, issues, and ideas into historical context. The analysis of political cartoons, like other primary source images, Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS). They are also particularly helpful in meeting grade 6-12 Literacy in History/Social Studies Reading Standards 1, 2, 4, … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Jeannette and her mother seated on a sofa

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