Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell

Today in History: Alexander Graham Bell

Today in History–March 10–the Library of Congress features Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first successful telephone call to his assistant Thomas Watson on this date in 1876. An audiologist, speech therapist and teacher of the deaf, Bell’s knowledge of the nature of sound likely encourage his experimentation. Another Bell invention was a metal detector, that was created to help…

Primary Source Learning About Lincoln

Primary Source Learning About Lincoln

We all can learn a lot from Abraham Lincoln. Below you will find links to primary source activities, lessons, and projects from the Library of Congress, TPS-Barat and other TPS consortium members. Abraham Lincoln: Rise to National Prominence primary source set and teacher’s guide Lincoln’s Life Abraham Lincoln & Me Activity Book Gettysburg Address Image…

Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

This set of primary sources and teaching resources focuses, primarily, on the time period 1800-1860. Western expansion stories from America’s Library Western expansion timeline (includes primary source activities) Primary source sets Primary source collections American migration timeline and maps (in English and Russian) The right of Nebraska, 1854 (sheet music) Key government documents related to territorial expansion…

Primary Source Learning: The Places You’ll Go with Maps

Primary Source Learning: The Places You’ll Go with Maps

The Library of Congress has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world and there are so many places you can visit with the Library of Congress’ fabulous digitized map collections. Take a look at the wide variety of maps you can explore in incredible detail and discover engaging primary source…

Primary Source Spotlight: Immigration

Primary Source Spotlight: Immigration

Primary source sets Immigration: Challenges for New Americans (includes teacher guide) Mexican American Migrations and Communities (includes teacher guide) Immigration primary source iBook Immigration images Immigrants images The Emigrant’s Guide by William Cobbett 1830 Advice and Guide to Emigrants by Patrick O’Kelly 1834 More immigration books & texts Historical newspaper coverage: immigration problem Historical newspaper coverage: immigration benefits Immigration…

Featured Source: Night lights

Featured Source: Night lights

Notes – “The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s National Geophysical Data Center and the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program’s Operational Linescan System provided data to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Bowie State University in order to render this image of global urban lights.”–On verso. – Includes lesson plan outlines, ill., and 11 maps on verso….

Collections Spotlight: Women’s History

Collections Spotlight: Women’s History

Teaching resources Primary source sets Activists Artists Trailblazers Library collections Image sets Chronicling America Topic Guides: timelines & select newspaper articles Special presentations Online exhibitions Veterans History Project resources Library blog posts 4 Corners of the World Headlines & Heroes In Custodia Legis  In the Muse Inside Adams Minerva’s Kaleidoscope Now See Hear! Picture This Teaching…

Primary Source Learning: Progressive Era Primary Source Set

Primary Source Learning: Progressive Era Primary Source Set

Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the period 1900-1929. The Progressive Era was one of economic growth and prosperity but also one in which many worked to make American society a better and safer place through environmental, business and government reforms. The story about this time of…

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Presidents

Primary Source Spotlight: U.S. Presidents

Teaching resources: primary source lesson plans, activities & strategies Presidential Spotlight: primary source collections More president related primary source collections Library collections American Treasures of the Library of Congress Online exhibitions Stories from America’s Library Spotlights, features & special presentations Library of Congress blog posts Webcasts

Today in History: Lee Surrenders

Today in History: Lee Surrenders

Today in History–April 9–the Library of Congress features the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to U.S. General Ulysses S. Grant on this day in 1865. Learn more about the surrender by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access thousands more Civil War resources. Lee’s surrender primary source set “THE END! SURRENDER OF LEE!…”,…