Your Students Can Archive the Internet — Apply Now

Beginning with a pilot program in 2008, the K-12 Web Archiving Program has engaged hundreds of middle and high school students from schools around the United States in selecting, describing, and preserving Web content. Through September 16, the program is accepting applications for new and returning partners from middle and high schools.

The K12 Web Archiving Program Site

Participating in saving history and culture offers those students a unique perspective on how history is recorded. At the end of the program year, students consistently report an increased awareness and understanding of how what they select and preserve will be primary sources for future historians.

While schools organize participation in many ways — through the library, as part of a class, as an extra-curricular club — the teachers and school librarians who facilitate the programs reliably find that students develop critical thinking skills, learn to work collaboratively, and deepen their understanding of historical thinking strategies, including reading primary sources in context, and recognizing inherent perspective and bias. Read additional responses from students and teachers who participated in the 2014-15 program year in: The K-12 Web Archiving Program: Preserving the Web from a Youthful Point of View.

New Ebooks from the Library of Congress: Scientific Data, Weather Forecasting, and the New Deal

Pore over the first periodic table of elements. Highlight interesting entries in Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten record of temperatures of Monticello. Hear the stories of people struggling to survive the Great Depression.

The Library of Congress is once again providing students everywhere with a chance to touch, draw on, and explore treasures from its vast collections with the release of its three newest free interactive ebooks for tablets.

Discovering Elements of Urban Culture in America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century from a Children’s Book

In the May/June 2016 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article featured The Rocket Book, a children’s book published in 1912.

The details contained in both the story’s prose and its illustrations—from the names and occupations of the tenants to the pastimes and inventions depicted—provide a unique glimpse of urban life in America in the early years of the twentieth century.

New Science Primary Source Sets from the Library of Congress: Weather Forecasting and Scientific Data

From a centuries-old barometer to a twenty-first century climate map, from diagrams of optical phenomena drawn by Isaac Newton to forest-health charts created by West Virginia volunteers, two new primary source sets from the Library of Congress provide rich opportunities to explore the scope and nature of scientific endeavor.

Teachers: Ask Us Anything about the Rosa Parks Papers–Reddit AMA Tuesday, March 29 9am-12 ET

This Tuesday, teachers and school librarians will have an opportunity to ask Library of Congress experts about the Rosa Parks papers. A Reddit “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) session from 9 to 12 a.m. (ET) in the AskHistorians subreddit will include education specialists from the Library, as well as staff who organized and described the papers of this civil rights legend.

Integrating Historical and Geographic Thinking

The latest edition of The TPS Journal, an online publication created by the Library of Congress Educational Outreach Division in collaboration with the TPS Educational Consortium, explores how the five themes of geography can be applied to analyzing primary sources, providing students with multiple perspectives and contributing to greater understanding of a topic.