October 20, 2019

Integrating Tech: Let’s Recap & Primary Source Analysis

This is a guest post from veteran teacher Heather Klos, an 8th grade U.S. history teacher and the Social Studies department chair at Crownover Middle School in Corinth, Texas. Primary sources are one of the most valuable tools we have as social studies teachers.  What better way to incorporate primary sources for the 21st century learner than through the use of technology.  This year I discovered Recap and realized quickly that this could be a powerful tool in the analysis process for my … [Read more...]

Primary Source Nexus Summer 2016

During the summer while we focus on providing Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources workshops, the Primary Source Nexus teaching resource blog will sport a slimmed down look. The main section on the homepage will feature From the Archives content that leads to all content we published in the past year. Below that you will see @PSNTPS tweets in real time. Our Storify newsletter will continue to be published weekly on Fridays and will be accessible via a link in the middle column … [Read more...]

Finding Reources: Exploring the Digital Collections

Summer is the perfect time to take some time to explore the Library of Congress digital collections. From the Library homepage, simply click the Digital Collections box in the center top row under Collection Highlights. There are close to 300 digital collections so there's plenty to explore. The default view is Gallery so you can easily get an overview of each collection and how many digital resources are available. Click on the thumbnail image or the title to read more about the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Architecture

Architecture primary source set Library architecture collections American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Architecture & Design Architecture, Design, and Engineering Drawings collection Brumfield Collection images of the architecture of the Russian North, including Siberia Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South collection Gottscho-Schleisner Collection U.S. architectural styles and trends Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: France

Country Profile: France Creating French Culture: Treasures from the Bibliothèque nationale de France online exhibition France in America bilingual digital library site France Allied with American Colonies February 6, 1778 from America's Library France primary source set World Digital Library France maps France image set French image set Films related to France France mentions in the Foreign Affairs Oral History Collection French American life … [Read more...]

Today in History: Samuel H. Gottscho and William H. Schleisner

  Today in History–June 21–the Library of Congress features Samuel H. Gottscho and William H. Schleisner. On this date in 1934, Samuel Herman Gottscho snapped a photograph of the north facade of the Nebraska state capitol in Lincoln. A photography enthusiast, Gottscho was a traveling salesman for 23 year before becoming a professional photographer in 1925 at the age of fifty. His son-in-law William H. Schleisner joined him in the business in 1935. Find out more by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Today in History: War of 1812

Today in History–June 18–the Library of Congress features the War of 1812. On this date in 1812 President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain. Reasons for the war included frustration with Britain's maritime practices and their support of Native American resistance to western expansion as well as a desire to conquer Canada. The war lingered on past 1812 and in August, 1814, British forces attacked Washington D.C., setting fire to many government buildings … [Read more...]

Literature Links: To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the selections in the Books That Shaped America online exhibition. The curator's note reads: This 1960 Pulitzer Prize winner was an immediate critical and financial success for its author, with more than 30 million copies in print to date. Harper Lee created one of the most enduring and heroic characters in all of American literature in Atticus Finch, the small-town lawyer who defended a wrongly accused black man. The book’s importance was recognized … [Read more...]

Primary Source Nexus 2015 Summertime Schedule

Typically, TPS-Barat publishes four new blog posts every week on the Primary Source Nexus Teaching Resource Blog along with numerous tweets from @PSNTPS related to teaching with primary sources from the Library of Congress. To conserve program resources and recharge for next school year, we will be reducing the number of posts by half this summer. While you will only see two new posts each week for the next couple of months, don't forget to check out the extensive resources already available. … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: India

India country profile: . . . extensive urbanization and trade appear to have begun in the Indus River Valley around 3000 B.C. with the Harappan civilization. From this period until the termination of British colonial rule in 1947, numerous empires ruled various portions of South Asia, often assimilating a rich array of peoples and each adding its own contribution to an increasingly rich tapestry of cultures, ideas, and technologies. India country profile India country study India - Places … [Read more...]