Come Visit Us at the National Association of Independent Schools Conference February 28-March 1st

If you’re attending the National Association of Independent Schools Conference in Philadelphia, please visit the Library of Congress on the exhibit floor. The Library will be in booth # 1414.

The Library’s K-12 education specialists will be available to talk about strategies for using the Library’s millions of digitized primary sources in the classroom. Learn more about the Library’s professional development opportunities and free online resources for teachers, suggest ideas for blog topics, or just drop by to say hello.

If you do stop by, please let us know you saw this blog post. We look forward to seeing you there!

Women Soldiers in the Civil War, Part 2: Their Service Remembered in Library of Congress Primary Sources

At least 400 women served as soldiers on both sides of the Civil War and explored why they joined and how they managed to pass as men. Primary sources from the Library of Congress chronicle the experiences of some of those women, and allow us to examine how they were remembered after their service.

Women Soldiers in the Civil War, Part 1: Going Behind the Gender Lines

Women filled a variety of roles in the Civil War. In addition to women who served as spies, daughters of regiments, cooks, laundresses, and nurses, approximately 400 posed as male soldiers. So, who were these hundreds of women soldiers? Why did they join? And how did they manage to do it?

Women’s History Month: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Suffragist March of 1913 with Primary Sources

On March 3, 1913, thousands of demonstrators marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in a call for women’s suffrage. Primary sources from the Library of Congress can help students not only see the size and grandeur of this historic parade, but also go behind the scenes to examine the plans and promotional strategies of its organizers.

Frederick Douglass on Abraham Lincoln: The Writer and Abolitionist Remembers the President in Library of Congress Primary Sources

African American History Month is a perfect time to celebrate the abolitionist efforts of white and black Americans alike, and to examine the relationship between the Emancipation Proclamation’s author and one of the greatest American abolitionists.