Entering 2021 With Primary Sources

I think we all might agree that 2020 has been a very interesting year with lots of ups, downs, and unexpected changes. When I went to look for an image for this post I thought this one from Puck 1905 seemed to encourage hope for a wonderful 2021.

Enter 1905 from Puck Magazine. Grant Hamilton, December 1904

The Boccaccio Project: Musical Storytelling in Response to a Global Pandemic

This post was written by Stacie Moats of the Library of Congress. In the December 2020 issue of the Music Educators Journal, a publication of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), my “Link to the Library” article featured the Boccaccio Project. Library of Congress Music Division curators developed the project, named for Giovanni Boccaccio […]

A World War and a Global Pandemic: How Did Students Make a Difference?

Celia Roskin, a senior at Elon University, wrote this during her work as the Fall 2020 Teaching with Primary Sources Intern in the Young Readers Center at the Library of Congress. The 1918 influenza pandemic, commonly known as the Spanish flu, was one of the most virulent and deadly pandemics in recent history; that was […]

Teaching Mathematics Using Primary Sources: Finding the Art in Charts from W.E.B. DuBois and Others

This post was written by Peter DeCraene, the 2020-21 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress. Visual components in charts and graphs can add layers of communication to the numbers alone. As a painting or drawing may represent the artist’s reaction to an event or be an abstraction of how the artist […]

That’s Just Hysterical: The Lindgren Brothers’ Tourist Maps

This is a guest post by Kelly Bilz, Librarian-in-Residence in the Geography and Map Division, and was originally published on the Worlds Revealed blog. This post caught our eyes because it’s visually striking, but we also appreciate Kelly’s point that “The Lindgren Brothers’ maps are a reminder that maps are more than a representation of […]

Join Us at the 2020 National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Virtual Conference

Stacie Moats, of the Library of Congress, wrote this post. If you plan to attend the first-ever NCSS virtual conference, December 4-6, 2020, education specialists from the Library of Congress and members of the Library’s Teaching with Primary (TPS) Consortium are excited to meet with you and share ideas on using primary sources in the […]