March 23, 2019

Today in History: Sophie Tucker

Today in History–January 13–the Library of Congress features Sophie Tucker, born on this date in 1884 or 1886 as Sonya Kalish. Learn more about the life of this much loved entertainer by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more resources related to Sophie Tucker and musical entertainment styles of her day. Sophie Tucker sheet music Sophie Tucker images Sophie Tucker historical newspaper coverage American Variety Stage: Vaudeville & Popular … [Read more...]

Today in History: Radio City Music Hall

Today in History–December 27–the Library of Congress features Radio City Music Hall, opened on this day in 1932. Learn more about the history of Art Deco theater by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below to for more primary sources. Radio City Music Hall Opened to the Public in New York Radio City Music Hall images Radio City Music Hall program & select newspaper articles Radio City Music Hall historical newspaper coverage … [Read more...]

Featured Image: The War of Wealth

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Featured Source: Hippodrome Theater

Where was the Hippodrome Theater? What other details in the photograph support that answer? Use the Primary Source Nexus search box to look for more information about the Hippodrome Theater. What did you learn? Imagine you are one of the people on the street outside the Hippodrome Theater. What are you thinking or talking about? Create a dialogue of thoughts or words. What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know!   … [Read more...]

Today in History: Eugene O’Neill & the Provincetown Players

Today in History–November 3–the Library of Congress features Eugene O'Neill & the Provincetown Players. On this day in 1916, the experimental Playwrights' Theater opened its first New York season in Greenwich Village. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Library resources related to Eugene O'Neill and theater. The Experimental Playwrights' Theater Opened Eugene O'Neill image set Scripts by Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill … [Read more...]

Today in History: Hippodrome

Today in History–August 16–the Library of Congress features the Hippodrome Theater, which closed permanently on this day in 1939. Opened in 1905, this gigantic theater seated up to 5,200 people and was the stage for the most popular vaudeville performers of the time, including Harry Houdini. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more Library resources related to the Hippodrome Theater and theater in general. Curious about the Hippodrome in … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Amateur Night @ the Apollo Race Relations

Read an oral history excerpt or the full oral history account by an audience member who attended amateur night at the Apollo Theater in November, 1938. African Americans and a few whites crowded the [Apollo] theater to enjoy--and mock--amateur musicians. In this account from American Life Histories, 1936-1940, Federal Writer Dorothy West describes an event that happened [there]. What does this event suggest about race relations in the late 1930s? What is West's view of the actions of the … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Teaching with Primary Source Posters

The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog gives some great tips on using the WPA Poster collection with students. One idea is to have students identify persuasion techniques. For a great resource on typical advertising persuasion techniques, check out  Print Advertising Across the Centuries project. One teacher used this project as a template and created a lesson that looked at U.S. military recruitment posters. Intrigued? Be sure to check out all of the Library's poster and graphic arts … [Read more...]

Today in History: Orson Welles’ First Macbeth

Today in History–July 25–the Library of Congress features Macbeth,  "The Play That Electrified Harlem". The closing night performance of Macbeth, produced by John Houseman and directed by Orson Welles for the Federal Theatre Project (FTP) of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), was staged on July 25, 1936 and featured an all African-American cast. Find out more about this production by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures … [Read more...]