Family, Stories, and Holiday Connections

Family gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana. Carol Highsmith, 1995

Though not a traditional winter/holiday image, this image made me think of the joy of having family gather together during a holiday to share stories, talk about traditions and enjoy good times.

All of us who work on education here at the Library wish you a wonderful holiday season. And we also hope you will consider collecting the stories, traditions and family history for future generations to share. Need some ideas? This post has some suggestions.

Primary Sources for Musical Learning: Comparing Arrangements of Auld Lang Syne

This post is by Carolyn Bennett, the 2018-2019 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence. ‘Tis the season for “Auld Lang Syne”! Since its literary origins in the late eighteenth century, the seasonal favorite has been performed by ensembles of all sorts, from parlors and stages to the streets of Manhattan. Comparing diverse arrangements can inspire […]

Using Historic Newspapers to Study Accounts of a Now-Abandoned Medical Procedure

This is a guest post by Ariela Gomez, an intern with the education team at the Library of Congress as part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) internship program. The brain is one of most complex organs of the human body. While the field of neuroscience has significantly grown, so have our […]

Encouraging Student Examination of Persuasive Strategies Used in an Anti-Lynching Report

In the November-December 2018 issue of Social Education, the journal of the National Council for the Social Studies, our “Sources and Strategies” article focuses on one document used in the battle against mob violence against African Americans: a 1921 report from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary in support of a bill to make lynching a federal crime.