Meet Victoria Van Hyning, Senior Innovation Specialist and Community Manager for By the People.
The Library of Congress is highlighting the life of Rosa Parks during this year’s African American History Month. One way you can participate in this year’s celebration is by helping transcribe her papers on the Library’s By the People crowdsourcing web site.
A photograph can prompt your students to look closely, think about what they see and what they know, and maybe even ask questions that lead to further research and investigation.
If students were asked the names of those who were active in the suffrage movement, they might list Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and Alice Paul. It is less likely that they would name Mary Church Terrell.
In 1866, William O. Bourne organized a unique left-handed penmanship contest for Union veterans who had lost the use of their right hand. Veterans were encouraged to submit a letter they had written using their left hand and a total prize money of $1000.00 was offered. The Library of Congress holds the many of the entrants’ letters and other information on Bourne and the contest.
Join Library experts for an hour on February 12, 4-5 pm ET, and hear how all transcriptions are made and reviewed by volunteers before they are returned to the Library’s website. Discuss the possibilities of using this tool in your work with students.
Starting today, the Library has made the Rosa Parks Papers available on its Web site. This collection contains thousands of unique artifacts that shed light on this courageous fighter for social justice. The letters, diaries, notes, photographs, and other documents in this collection, which is on loan to the Library for ten years from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, provide invaluable insights into her life and thoughts.
The good news is that the Library of Congress is working to make its digitized resources accessible and useful to all teachers, no matter what classroom technology they have available. And with millions of digitized items, it is important to select primary sources that are high quality.
Having trouble choosing that perfect primary source for your lesson? Here are some tips to get you started!