October 14, 2020

Primary Source Learning: Hispanic Points of View

The Huexotzinco Codex Drake’s West Indian Voyage 1588-1589 Cesar Chavez & Good Citizenship Dolores Huerta lessons Collaborating to Affect Change (elementary) Building Coalitions to Affect Change (middle school) Inspiring Civic Responsibility (high school) Media & Migrant Laborers Perspectives Guided Primary Source Analyses Bank note explorer vignettes Community & Teamwork Houston, Santa Anna, and Cos Los sueños de las posadas El Mosquito … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Guatemala

Guatemala primary source set from the World Digital Library Country profile: Guatemala BBC Guatemala timeline BBC Guatemala images Guatemala maps Service in Guatemala: U.S. veteran oral histories Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection interviews mentioning Guatemala Manuscripts, Performance style, Choreometrics, sources, Correspondence and notes by culture, Guatemala Alan Lomax Collection Guatemala worker oral history recordings Working the Waterfront, New Bedford, … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral was born as Lucila Godoy Alcayaga in Vicuña, Chile in 1889. She is the author of over twelve books of poetry and was the first Hispanic writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Mistral also worked as an educator and a diplomat. Learn more about this passionate poet by investigating the resources below. Gabriela Mistral reading her poetry at the Library of Congress 1950 Oración de la Maestra by Gabriela Mistral La Revista de Taos. (Taos, Nuevo México), 21 Oct. … [Read more...]

Today in History: José Manuel Gallegos

Today in History–October 30–the Library of Congress features New Mexican José Manuel Gallegos, born this date in 1815 in the town of Abiquiú. When Nuevo México became the U.S. Territory of New Mexico in 1848, Gallegos was elected to its first Territorial Council. He was then elected as a delegate to the U.S. Congress from the Territory of New Mexico in 1853 and went on to hold a number of political posts: representative and speaker of the House of the New Mexico Territorial House of … [Read more...]

Today in History: Juan Ponce de León

Today in History–September 27–the Library of Congress features Juan Ponce de León, who was granted permission to settle Bimini Island and Florida on this day in 1514.  Seven years later, in 1521, Ponce de León sailed from Puerto Rico to Florida with two ships, two hundred men, fifty horses, as well as other domestic animals and agricultural tools. Unfortunately, the party was attacked by Seminole Indians and Ponce de León was wounded; an infection resulted and he died later that year … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage

Teaching Resources World Spotlight source sets Argentina Brazil Chile Cuba Guantánamo Bay Guatemala Dominican Republic Guatemala Mexico Nicaragua Panama Peru Puerto Rico Venezuela Today in History source sets New Mexico Christopher Columbus Columbus Day The Gadsden Purchase José Manuel Gallegos El Grito de Dolores – Mexican Independence Day Gabriela Mistral Mexican American War Mexican Americans & United Farm … [Read more...]

Featured Source: Hurricane San Ciriaco

Hurricane Maria and Its Lessons on Preservation In Custodia Legis blog September 28, 2018 … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Veteran Teaching Resources & Strategies

"The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war." The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog provides some great starting points for using the Veterans History Project in class activities. More veteran-related primary source and teaching resources are listed below. Veterans' oral history … [Read more...]

Today in History: El Grito de Dolores – Mexican Independence Day

Today in History–September 16–the Library of Congress features El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores), first heard on this day in 1810 when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla urged the largely Indian and mestizo congregation of his small Dolores parish church to fight for Mexico's independence from Spain. Today, September 16, is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources relating to Mexican … [Read more...]