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Woodland Pathway. Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1920

A Path to a Wonderful Spring Break: Activities Featuring Primary Sources

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Looking for interesting things to do while on spring break? Here are some suggestions featuring primary sources from the Library’s collections.

Are you a fan of puzzles? Newspapers from Chronicling America offer many options, including acrostics, rebuses, coloring pages, and other activities.

Thinking about planting a garden? Learn about the School Garden movement and other programs that encouraged young people to be volunteers. To learn more about plants, explore Garden and Forest, the first journal in the United States devoted to horticulture, botany, landscape design and preservation, national and urban park development, scientific forestry, and the conservation of forest resources.

Readers can enjoy a selection of historical children’s books that have been digitized (and here are tips on how you might use these books in your classes.)

The new research guide for children on doing family history research could spur students to organize photographs, encourage family members to share stories, or do research on ancestors.

Want to interact directly with primary sources? The By the People program is still looking to for people to help transcribe collections including the writings of Leonard Bernstein, Theodore Roosevelt, Clara Barton and James Garfield.

Statues of children playing tug of war in a parklike area
Children’s Sculpture Park, University of Alabama, Mobile, Alabama. Carol Highsmith, 2010

Also look at the Minerva’s Kaleidoscope blog for even more suggestions.

How will you bring primary sources along during your spring break? Let us know in the comments.

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