September 23, 2018

Today in History: May Day

Today in History–May 1–the Library of Congress features May Day. Originally a celebration of spring, May Day later became a day to celebrate workers and is still celebrated as such in many countries around the world. Learn more about other May Day celebrations by reading the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related primary sources.May Day imagesMay Day books & textsMay Day historical U.S. newspaper coverageMay Day sheet musicBringing in the … [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 setFeatured ImagesChristmas Children’s … [Read more...]

Featured Image: 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: 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?Write about the spirit of a holiday that you celebrate, describing why it is meaningful to you.What other observations, reflections or questions does … [Read more...]

Today in History: Happy Hanukkah

Today in History–December 15–the Library of Congress features Hanukkah. On this date in 1979 President Jimmy Carter participated in the first National Menorah Lighting. Also known as the Feast or Festival of Lights, Hanukkah reflects the story of a one-day supply of oil at the temple miraculously burning for eight days. Find out more by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below for related resources.Happy Hanukkah from the Poetry and Literature CenterAmerican … [Read more...]

Today in History: Cinco de Mayo

Today in History–May 5–the Library of Congress features Cinco de Mayo, celebrating May 5, 1862, when Mexican troops successfully defended the town of Puebla against French forces. In the spring of 1863, the city was recaptured by the French and a European was crowned Emperor of Mexico. Emperor Maximillian remained in power until 1867 when Napoleon III withdrew troops and abandoned Mexico. Today, Cinco de Mayo is a national holiday in Mexico and is marked as a celebration of Mexican culture in … [Read more...]

Today in History: Thanksgiving

Today in History–November 26–the Library of Congress features Thanksgiving, designated by President George Washington on this date in 1789. Seventy-four years later, in 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November national Thanksgiving Day. Learn more about U.S. Thanksgiving traditions by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources, background, and teaching resources.Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Holidays

New Year's primary source collectionValentine's Day primary source collectionSt. Patrick's DaySt. Patricks Day (stories, images, music) Today in History: St. Patricks Day (March 17) St. Patricks Day in America St. Patricks Day imagesApril Fools' Day primary source collectionEasterEaster: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933 Chicago History Museum Easter images A Slovak Easter Song Easter hymnsArbor Day primary source … [Read more...]

Today in History: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today in History–January 15–the Library of Congress features civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., born on this date in 1929. King entered Morehouse College at 15, received a bachelor of divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951, and a Ph.D from Boston University in 1955. Armed with his doctorate and belief in the use of non-violent action to end racial discrimination, King founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and joined the civil right movement. In less than a … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: New Year’s

New Year's imagesNew Year's sheet musicPortuguese New Year's Songs New Year's books & articlesSelect historical newspaper articles: New Year'sSelect historical newspaper articles: Mummer's New Year Parade (modern-day Mummer's Parade info)New Year's Day historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]