September 19, 2018

Analyzing Primary Sources: Shake & Source Newspaper Game

This is a guest post by Ruth Ferris, an elementary school librarian from Billings, Montana, and a grantee in the TPS Regional Grant Program. Ruth is sharing the Shake and Source Newspaper Game procedure, instructions, and materials under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license.I developed the Shake and Source  when I created the lesson “Montana’s State Flower:  A Lesson in Civic Engagement” as an Educator Resource for the Montana Historical Society and recently adapted the game for more … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Ohio

Ohio stories from America's LibraryOhio primary source setOhio mapsOhio images from American MemoryMore Ohio imagesOhio filmsOhio books & articlesOhio reports, correspondence & other textsOhio historical newspaper collectionOhio sheet musicOhio songs & oral histories (audio recordings)Ohio legislationOhio Guide to Law OnlineFirst American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820The African-American Experience in OhioCaptain … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Texas

Texas stories from America’s LibraryTexas primary source setTexas mapsPictorial Americana: selected images of TexasMore Texas imagesTexas historical filmsTexas sheet musicSongs & oral histories related to TexasTexas veterans oral historiesTexas personal narratives from the American Folklife CenterTexas Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' ProjectTexas stories: Voices From the Days of SlaveryTexas books & other … [Read more...]

State Spotlight: Utah

Utah stories from America’s LibraryUtah primary source setUtah mapsUtah books & other textsUtah historical newspapersUtah sheet musicUtah songs & oral historiesUtah image setUtah legislationUtah Guide to Law OnlineToday in History: Brigham Young & the Mormon PioneersMore U.S. state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Finding Resources: Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Topic Guides

The Teaching with Library of Congress blog provides some great tips for finding articles in the Chronicling America Historic Newspaper Collections and provides some teaching ideas as well. Be sure to check out, too, the following learning activity: Comparing Reports: Battle of Little Bighorn.Below is a list of topic guides by subject, each of which includes a list of important dates, search strategies, and sample articles. You can also scroll through these topics by date range or by … [Read more...]

Today in History: Chief John Ross & the Cherokee Nation

Today in History–October 3–the Library of Congress features Cherokee Chief John Ross, born on this day in 1790. Ross fought hard in Washington to preserve the Cherokee land but was ultimately unsuccessful. Learn more about his efforts by reviewing the Today in History section then click the links below to access more primary resources and stories related to the Cherokee.Chief Little John and the "Trail of Tears" from America's LibraryFrom Horseshoe Bend to the Trail of TearsChief … [Read more...]