December 8, 2019

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 set Featured Images Christmas Children’s … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: Los sueños de las posadas

Reverse side What can you discover about the content of this broadside just by looking at the illustrations? Explain your discoveries using specific details from the images to support your responses. front side larger image | back side larger image Now review the bibliographic record, paying particularly close attention to the summary. In what ways were your discoveries similar to what the text reported? What more did you learn? Conduct some more research on las posadas and share your … [Read more...]

Today in History: A Visit from St. Nicholas

Today in History–December 24–the Library of Congress features the famous poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas" penned by Clement C. Moore on this day in 1822. Today the poem is best known as "Twas the Night Before Christmas". Find out more about Moore and his famous tale by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access primary sources related to Santa Claus. Featured Source: Why I Believe in Santa guided primary source analysis activity A reprint of the first … [Read more...]