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Remembering Our Honored Dead: Memorial Day Traditions

Posted by: Danna Bell

You may know that Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day, but did you know that originally it honored only those who died in the Civil War? Primary sources from the Library of Congress can help students explore some of the ways people have commemorated Memorial Day in the past.

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Gifts to the People of America

Posted by: Danna Bell

Gift giving, a centuries- old tradition, is an important part of human interaction. It is also an important part of government diplomacy. Consider using the Library’s primary sources to help students understand the historical significance of gift giving.

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Teaching Language Arts Through Music: Historic Sheet Music and Song Sheets

Posted by: Stacie Moats

In the spirit of "Auld Lang Syne," I searched two of the Library's online collections, Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, and, America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets, for examples of old American songs relating to the New Year. After winter break, try welcoming 2012 and introducing (or reminding!) students of key language arts concepts using one or more of my New Year's themed song selections.