The Library of Congress has been preparing for months for a visit by a distinguished ancestor–an ancestor of the U.S. Constitution, that is.
One of the most powerful effects of primary sources is their ability to complicate common understandings of history. As the raw materials of history, original documents are able to bring to light little-known details or neglected episodes that add complexity to oversimplified accounts.
The Gershwin Prize celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding. The prize commemorates George and Ira Gershwin, the legendary American songwriting team whose manuscript collections reside in the Library of Congress.
On Tuesday, November 4, at 7 PM ET, Library education experts will expand on strategies and resources introduced in “Exploring the Legacy of Leadership Through Primary Sources: The Women’s Suffrage Movement” from National History Day’s 2014-15 Theme Book.
In the October 2014 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article focused on the presidential election of 1864.
November highlights include the exploring the origins of Veterans Day, the establishment of four Standard Time Zones for the continental U.S., and the opening of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.
One way for teachers to engage students with poetry is to connect poems and poets to historical events. Students gain a deeper appreciation of poets and their work when they can see snippets of the writer’s life in the work.
Because the Library of Congress is The Largest Library in the World, just for fun, I did a search on “world’s largest” in the library’s online catalog.
Learn more about the Veterans History Project (VHP) from the Library of Congress and the many ways it can be used in the classroom.
What do scientists do? This simple prompt was central in one activity during the inaugural week-long Seminar for Science Educators held at the Library this summer.