Blog Round-Up: Primary Source Highlights for Veterans Day

The first Armistice Day, on November 11, 1919,  commemorated the ceasefire between the Allied nations and Germany. Since 1954, the U.S. has designated November 11 as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all U.S. conflicts. The Teaching with the Library of Congress blog offers many entry points to primary sources from the Library of Congress to help your students study and honor the contributions of veterans.

Goofein Journal: Yes, He’s Coming Next Month

Letters from Home: Celebrating Veterans and those At Home

Service men and women away from home have always prompted a variety of methods of communication. The Library’s Veterans History Project captures the lives of America’s service men and women through narratives, correspondence and visual materials. Auditory and visual learners can listen and read imaginatively to evaluate emotions conveyed through print and non-print primary sources produced by veterans and their families.

The Veterans History Project: Making Veterans’ Stories Come to Life

Four women being inducted into the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps

Though television and the Internet bring images of war into the home, many students might not be aware of the day-to-day experiences of those who have fought on the front lines. One way to immerse students in these stories is through the Veterans History Project from the Library of Congress.

Remembering Armistice Day: “I Did My Bit for Democracy”

Explore the origins of Veterans Day: President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, to mark the armistice, or ceasefire agreement, between the Allied nations and Germany that went into effect “on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.”

Two Asian Pacific Americans’ Wartime Experiences: Personal Histories from the Veterans History Project

Two personal histories collected by the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress can help students examine the sacrifices that Japanese Americans made during wartime.

The Vietnam War: One Veteran’s Experience

What can one individual’s experience tell us about a larger historical event? The Veterans History Project (VHP) contains over 80,000 oral history collections that document the experiences of America’s military veterans. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, VHP will highlight a series of collections related to Vietnam veterans. These collections have been compiled to offer a glimpse into what veteran Tom Hagel called the “millions of Vietnam Wars.”



What’s Happening in Science Education

Have you ever wondered, “is it really possible to fry an egg on the sidewalk if it is hot enough?” or “why do pigeons bob their heads when they walk?” Answers to these and many other science questions can be found on the Library of Congress website Everyday Mysteries: Fun Science Facts from the Science Reference Section.

Who’s Buried in Grant’s Tomb? Grave Insights into Customs and Cultures

For aficionados of history, graveyards are not creepy settings for Halloween movies, but an opportunity to study human customs and cultural norms of the past and present. The way graves are adorned and the epitaphs they bear can give us information about one life, but can also encourage us to wonder about the people they commemorate and their cultures.

Civil War Portraits from the Liljenquist Family Collection: A New Teacher Primary Source Set of Photographs from the Library of Congress

A drummer boy gazes solemnly into the camera. Two soldiers clown around with cigars. A girl in a mourning dress holds a photo of her father in uniform.

The Civil War was the most photographed war of its era, and the Library’s new primary source set, “Civil War Soldiers’ Portraits: The Liljenquist Family Collection,” brings students face to face with some of the men and boys who fought in the Civil War.