African American History Primary Sources
Presidents Day Open House and More Teaching Resources
Twice each year, the Library of Congress holds a Main Reading Room Open House to share information about the Library’s resources in this magnificent space.
Get Rich Quick! Primary Sources - The California Gold Rush
Fine rich resources to teach about the California Gold Rush at the Library of Congress.
Martin Luther King Resources
Primary Sources found at the Library of Congress enliven the study of Martin Luther King and provide understanding of the Civil Rights Movement.
Humanities Connections in Library of Congress Blogs - Walt Whitman and the Civil War
I hear America Singing! The Library of Congress has the largest Walt Whitman online collection in the world. See the blogs for ideas about how to connect Whitman to many themes in American History.
Primary Sources for the Upcoming Holidays
Free on iBooks: Student Discovery Sets from The Library of Congress
Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature.
National Book Festival, 2016
With more than 120 authors and presentations, panels and activities the National Book Festival is for everyone -- kids, families, teachers and book lovers of all types
Today in History: a new version
The Library's popular Today in History website has been streamlined and updated. It's a great way to spark research and discussion in your classroom.
Apply to be the next Teacher-in-Residence and a 1902 Egg Roll
Are you an early elementary (K-2) teacher or librarian? Apply to be the next Library of Congress Teacher-in-Residence. And for everyone: great 1902 of a egg roll event on the White House Lawn.
Hurry! Summer Teacher Institutes applications due soon!
Here's a reminder about a great summer professional development opportunity. Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources during one of five Summer Teacher Institutes at The Library of Congress.
Resources for African-American History Month
Explore this Blog Round-Up:African American History and Primary Sources. with links that will take you and your students to people, places, and events with real-life relevance to enliven learning.
Primary Sources for Presidents' Day
The Teacher Page of the Library of Congress has collected wonderful resources to enliven your Presidents' Day lesson. Call it "one stop shopping" for free classroom materials. Read more...
Your students may enjoy investigating some of the great storms of the past -- this one, from March 12-13, 1888 in New York City, for example. The Library of Congress has great snow primary sources!
Celebrating the Life and Contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King
Primary sources from the Library of Congress will give context and depth to classroom studies of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Bring the Library of Congress to Your Classroom (3 credit)
Take a Free Course - Open to All Northern Virginia Teachers -
Bring the Library of Congress to Your Classroom
beginning January 28. 90 recertification points for Virginia teachers.
American Recipe Traditions
Enjoy a little holiday treat – Food, Glorious Food, the story of a recipe-sharing, charitable cookbook producing America in the Library of Congress Magazine http://www.loc.gov/lcm/pdf/LCM_2015_1112.pdf
Enjoy the historical roots of today's popular food blogs and cooking reality shows.
Wishing you a Great Thanksgiving!
Have your students identify and discuss the iconic images associated with Thanksgiving and the changes over time since this newspaper illustration appeared in 1903.
Join us for a TPSNVA Workshop with Author David o. Stewart
Join us for a great book talk, pizza and recertification points on December 9th!
Teachers will find interesting, ready-to-use primary sources to deepen student understanding of the history and traditions of Thanksgiving on the Teacher Page at the Library of Congress
Veterans Day Resoures
The Library of Congress has extensive materials for teachers and students to mark Veterans Day, beginning with The Veterans History Project,
First EverLibrary of Congress Online Conference for Educators!
Looking for outstanding, free professional development for your district, school or yourself? Join the first-ever Library of Congress online conference for educators, October 27-28.
The Great Thanksgiving Listen
On Thanksgiving weekend 2015, StoryCorps will join forces with ABC, NPR and TED to record interviews between students and their elders across the country.
Teaching Resources for Election Day
Prepare your students for the upcoming election with Library of Congress resources collected for your use on the Teacher Page.
Primary Sources for World History Teachers
World History Teachers - find over 12,000 digital items from 193 countries from 1200 BCE to 2000 CE. at the World Digital Library.
The History of Ice Cream
Who invented ice cream? Several possible answers can be found in this entry from the Library of Congress' Today in History:
Happy Fourth of July!
Find Fourth of July images to stir the heart and mind at LOC.gov.
Everyday Mysteries: Science Fun Facts from The Library of Congress
Did you ever wonder if it's possible to fry an egg on the pavement if it's hot enough? Why Pluto is no longer a planet? What's the largest flower in the world?
Flag Day Primary Sources
Find Flag Day (June 14) Resources at Today in History from the Library of Congress.
Primary Sources on East Asia American Traditions and Civil War Photography
Find sound recordings, stories, recipes from East Asian American traditions, along with great ideas to teach immigration at the Teacher Page of the Library of Congress. A new primary source set about Civil War Photography may also ignite student interest.
Memorial Day Resources from The Library of Congress
Memorial Day is almost here, but honoring the men and women who sacrifice on our behalf continues throughout the year.
Review Games for the Classroom and May Day
Make learning fun by introducing them to famous Americans or taking a trip in time with resources from the Library of Congress.
Earth Day and Beyond: Resources from The Library of Congress
Check out these great resources!
Even the subject of taxes can be interesting with primary sources from the Library of Congress.
April is Poetry Month:Resources from the Library of Congress
Plato had a point when he said, “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.” The Library of Congress has many excellent resources you can use to mark Poetry Month.
Just for Fun Primary Sources
The Library of Congress has just-for-fun primary sources on subjects like April Fools Day and hot air ballooning. For examples, see http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1994011460/PP/ and
Film and Sound Clips to Use with Your Students
Great film and sound clips from The Library of Congress from the Edison Recording Studios and The National Recording Registry!
Political Cartoons as Great Teaching Tools
Political cartoons can have an important role in helping students explore and understand many of the undercurrents of history. The Library collections offer a variety of fascinating examples.
For resources about the polio vaccine, go to the Library of Congress for posters, public interest commercials and more.
Celebrating Film at the Packard Campus Theater
To mark the 87th Academy Awards, the upcoming Oscars 2015, we would like to highlight the Library of Congress Packard Theater programs in Culpeper, Virginia. This impressive theater has state-of-the-art projection and sound and offers free films that showcase our countrys rich cinematic heritage.
Valentine's Day and President's Day Primary Sources
See fascinating love letters in the Veteran's History Project. Find ready-to-use primary sources to enhance classroom remembrances for President's Day.
Library of Congress webinars and an invitation for an in-person visit on February 27th
View the Library's great webinar offerings and consider joining us for a visit on Feb. 27th.
Surrender of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, Teaching Resources for the End of the Indian Wars
Find fascinating primary sources about American Indians in the collections of the Library of Congress.
Holiday Related Resources
Enjoy holiday related blogs from the Library of Congress.
Resources to Teach about the Bill of Rights
Find resources to teach about the Bill of Rights at LOC.GOV. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/dec15.html
Thanksgiving Primary Sources
No need to look further than the Library of Congress for fun resources to teach about Thanksgiving.
Shall We Dance? Dance Manuals from The Library of Congress
This week, we focus on an interesting and entertaining collection that your students might enjoy: An American Ballroom Companion
Artlicles of Confederation and U.S. Constitution
For primary sources to teach about the first government of the United States under the Articles of Confederation and about the Constitution, see: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/nov15.html
The Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta is on exhibit at the Library of Congress
Visit the Law Library of the Library of Congress and view the current exhibit marking the 800th anniversary of the 1215 Lincoln Cathedral Magna Carta, one of only four surviving copies of the great charter of rights and liberties.
Halloween Resources and American Folklife Center
Halloween, like all facets of American life, is enshrined in photographs at the Library of Congress. You can contribute to the cultural memory at the American Folklife Center.
The Fine/Performing Arts Issue of the TPS Journal now available!
Fine and performing arts-related primary sources allow students to study and investigate how people use creative activity to celebrate and express their experiences. Read and enjoy this latest issue of the Teaching with Primary Sources Journal.
Veterans Day and Veterans History from The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has extensive materials for teachers and students to mark Veterans Day, beginning with The Veterans History Project <http://www.loc.gov/vets/> , created in 2000 to honor American veterans and preserve their personal accounts so that future generations may better understand the realities of their experiences
TPSNVA Classes and Classic Movies at the Packard Campus
Join us the upcoming After School Specials and/or a free classic film at the Packard Campus of the Library of Congress.
From the Library of Congress: Columbus' Coat of Arms
To mark Columbus Day this year, we send you an interesting bit of history: the story behind Columbus’ coat of arms.
Library of Congress Opens a New Exhibit Commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Find fascinating primary sources to support instruction of the nation's most important piece of civil rights legislation - The Civil Rights Act of 1964 - at the new exhibit of the Library of Congress.
Free Webinars for Teachers!
The Library of Congress will offer a series of free, one-hour webinars for K-12 educators for the 2014-15 school year
Maps and Resources to Teach the Discovery Era
Find maps and resources from the Library of Congress to teach about the discovery of the New World.
Constitution Day Resources
Each year on September 17th, we celebrate the creation and signing of the United States Constitution. An online search yields countless possibilities for teaching about this remarkable document, but you need look no further than three excellent blog posts from Teaching with the Library of Congress:
Primary Sources to Remember 9/11
Primary source visuals support teaching the events of September 11, 2001.
School Days from The Library of Congress
The First Day of School is approaching so we’d like to point you to The Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Online Collection and its excellent search engine.
It's still summer -- from the Library of Congress
Even though school days are approaching, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, so we thought we’d send links to some of the many seasonal items you can find at the Library of Congress:
Visit the Library of Congress
Take the family to visit the Library of Congress.
Exhibitions at the Library of Congress
Visit the Library of Congress in person or see amazing digital exhibits like A Thousand years of the Persian Book at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/thousand-years-of-the-persian-book/exhibit-items.html
Letters About Literature Contest
Letters About Literature is a national reading and writing contest for students in grades 4 – 12, sponsored by The Library of Congress’ Center for the Book.
Fourth of July
Find fascinating Fourth of July resources from the Library of Congress.
Statue of Liberty
To read about the Statue of Liberty, see Today in History at the Library of Congress. Consider the rich history of America-French relations by noting how many items in America’s Treasures at the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/index.html) are early gifts to the United States from France.
Flag Day: Resources from The Library of Congress
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved a design for a national flag: ‘Resolved, that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.’
Women's Suffrage and Early American Film
Find a fascinating collection of primary sources about the women's suffrage movement on the Teacher Page of the Library of Congress at:
See early twentieth century American life in film clips at the Library of Congress film collection America at Work, America at Leisure: Motion Pictures from 1894-1915: http://www.loc.gov/collection/america-at-work-and-leisure-1894-to-1915/.
For student research: A brief Guide to the Library of Congress' online collections
Are you assigning a research project to your classes, post-SOLs or otherwise? Even young students will enjoy browsing the Library of Congress' online collections for information and sources material, no matter the subject. This week, we offer a step-by-step guide to accessing digitized maps and photographs, letters, diaries and newspapers, personal accounts of events, sound recordings and historic films.
Primary Source Learning Activies for Review and for Fun
Find fun review activities and student resources from the Library of Congress.
Memorial Day Resources at the Library of Congress
Find Memorial Day resources and research ideas at the Library of Congress.
Teacher Appreciation and Mothers Day
Teacher Appreciation and Mothers Day resources from the Library of Congress
Songs of America
Find extraordinary links between American History and song created by the Library for use by educators at Songs of America. Currently featured items from among the 88,000 digitized examples of songs provide insight into how everyday people celebrated, lived and mourned. Teachers will find interactive maps of the U.S. which highlight musical traditions by state, region and “Mapping the Songs of the Civil War”. A timeline illustrates the connection between culture and history. Historical topics such as immigration, prohibition, politics, sports and industry are connected to music in essays with links to primary source sheet music and audio recordings at: http://www.loc.gov/collection/songs-of-america/about-this-collection/
Poetry Month: Resources from The Library of Congress
Plato had a point when he said, “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history,” The Library of Congress has many excellent resources you can use to mark the end of Poetry Month.
Resources beyond American - da Vinci
Find resources beyond America. The Library of Congress have primary sources for use in the Global Studies, World History and America in the Global Community classrooms.
Rolling Eggs at the White House, 1902
To help celebrate the impending spring break and holidays, we send you a restored film clip from Edison Studios, 1902: Babies Rolling Eggs at the White House,
April Fools Day: Resources from The Library of Congress
“The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year.” -- Mark Twain
Cherry Blossoms and Opening Day
For uplifting images of spring, check out the Library of Congress on baseball and cherry blossoms. Baseball’s opening day is around the corner. Since it is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Wrigley Field in Chicago, it seems appropriate to highlight the Cubs. See, too, the history and images of Washington's cherry trees.
Potpourri from TPSNVA: An Invitation to a Library of Congress Visit for Teachers during Spring Break, Ukraine, and a wish for a Happy St. Patrick's Day
Join us for a special teacher tour of the Library of Congress on April 16. See Places in the News and Prints and Photographs for historic pictures and maps to study events in Ukraine.
99 Images of Snowstorms and Daylight Savings Time
The aftermath of the latest storm reminded us of a collection of 99 Images of Snowstorms from the Library of Congress and that Daylight Savings Time is coming soon.
Presidents' Day Resources
Presidents' Day Resources on the Teacher Page of the Library of Congress are packaged and ready for classroom use.
Classic Children's Books
See Classic Children's Books for insight on the values and education experience of children from the past.
Ansel Adams and the Japanese Internment Camps of WWII
Today is the birthday of Ansel Adams, born in San Francisco in 1902. For his fourteenth birthday, he received a Kodak Brownie camera, the beginning of his journey to becoming one of our nation’s greatest photographers.
Library of Congress Visit for Teachers and the Olympics
Join us for a special teacher tour of the Library of Congress on February 25, 8:45 - 12:00.
Find resources to enrich your understanding of the Olympic games.
300 Years of Imaginary Spaceships from the Library of Congress
For this week’s highlight, we thought you and your students would enjoy two blog posts by Trevor Owens, Special Curator for the Library of Congress Science Literacy Initiative.
Find Primary Sources in Online Exhibitions from the Library of Congress
Visit online exhibitions from the Library of Congress to set your imagination free. Find primary sources in the Wizard of Oz exhibition or in The Earth as Art. Imagine how a virtual visit to the Library of Congress can inspire and enliven your classroom.
Dr. Martin Luther King Resources from The Library of Congress
Tomorrow marks the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. born January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the Library’s extensive holdings related to Dr. King’s life and achievements.
New Year's Cartoons over past Centuries
More New Year cartoons for teaching change over time.
Happy New Year:: Political Cartoons from Puck and The Library of Congress
With the New Year approaching, we’d like to point you to the Library of Congress’ collection of political cartoons from the front covers of Puck, an American humor magazine first published in 1871 (to 1918) featuring political satire and caricatures.
From the Library of Congress: The Wright Brothers' First Flight
This week marks the first successful powered flight of the Wright brothers. The Library of Congress has extensive collections of photographs, correspondence and related documents surrounding this event and the history of aviation.
Snow Day and Emily Dickinson
See primary source activities ideas for your classroom at the Library of Congress Teacher blog and combine with primary source sets for American authors and voila! - A rich lesson based on inquiry and critical thinking skills.
Holiday Themed Resources from The Library of Congress
On this last day of Hanukah and with Bodhi Day, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s approaching, we’d like to point you to some excellent Holiday Themed Resources from The Library of Congress.
Happy Thanksgiving from TPSNVA
See Library of Congress resources on Thanksgiving foods during the Civil War and The Great American Potluck for recipes brought to America by immigrants from across the globe.
Today in History and Kennedy's Assassination from The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress’ Today in History feature can be a valuable class starter and a jumping-off point for student research. For example, today’s entry marks the 150th anniversary of The Gettysburg Address, tomorrow’s highlights the origins of Howard University, and Thursday reviews the establishment of North Carolina as the twelfth state to enter the union. Other significant events are highlighted each day: scroll to the bottom of the page to see all the links that have been gathered for you and your students.
Thanksgiving Resources from the Library of Congress
See outstanding collections of primary sources for children for Thanksgiving at the Library of Congress.
Local Legacies: Celebrating Community Roots
Explore the cultural richness of local communities in Virginia and any other state through The Local Legacies project, created in 2000 ‘to commemorate the Library of Congress Bicentennial and to celebrate America's richly diverse culture.
Veterans Day and The Veterans History Project: Teaching Resources From The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress has extensive materials for teachers and students to mark Veterans Day, beginning with The Veterans History Project, created in 2000 to honor American Veterans and preserve their personal accounts so that future generations may better understand the realities of their experiences.
Primary Sources in the Science Classroom
See scientific models of the theories of earth centered heavens versus a solar centered model to enable students to drawn their own conclusions about scientific theory and exploration.
Columbus Day Opportunities and Resources
Library of Congress hosts its twice yearly open house on October 14, 2013, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Teacher Page offers a wide variety of primary source materials and activities for Columbus Day.
The Civil War in America: Single Day Teacher Workshops
Interested in learning strategies to teach the American Civil War in your classroom? Want to share first-hand accounts of the war from a wide array of voices on the Union and Confederate sides of the conflict? You will be able to do all of this and more by using Library of Congress primary sources. Register to attend the Library of Congress “The Civil War in America Teacher Workshop.”
More Opportunities for Teachers and Students
From The National Book Festival to a new Twitter feed, theres so much happening at The Library of Congress for teachers and students. Check out these opportunities!
Constitution Day Resources from the Library of Congress
Where should teachers and students look for resources for Constitution Day? Where else but the Library of Congress? In our ongoing effort to send resources from the Library of Congress for immediate classroom use, we ask you to check out the Teacher Blogs at the Teacher Page of the Library of Congress which include Constitution Day and Congress.gov: Exploring the Legislative Process. http://blogs.loc.gov/teachers/2013/09/constitution-day-and-congress-gov-exploring-the-legislative-process-using-real-legislation/
The Library of Congress new tool, Congress.gov will replace the old Thomas.gov system and provide a highly usable open window into the legislative system, past and present.
From The Library of Congress: children and teens of other eras
With school back in session, we thought your students might be interested in a retrospective of their counterparts from other eras. The Library of Congress has extensive digitized primary sources reflecting the lives of children and teens at school, home and work. The links below will connect you to just a sampling of these compelling collections. What conclusions about change over time will your students reach?
Primary Sources Running the Gamut from Columbus to Sept. 11
Teachers and appreciators of American History are undoubtedly gearing up for the new school year. Resources from the Library of Congress may inspire you with ideas from the Discovery Era in 1492: An Ongoing Voyage in Exhibitions to modern times in Witness and Response: September 11 Acquisitions at the Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/911/911-prints.html
Songs for our times: Music and U.S. History from The Library of Congress
The fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington brings to mind We Shall Overcome the iconic song so closely associated with this event. The Library of Congress has fascinating sheet music, audio recordings and songs reflecting our nation’s history.
Summer Reading at The Library of Congress
Check out the Library of Congress' great reading website, http:www.read.gov/books/. Find resources for kids, teens, adults, teachers and parents!
The Library's public websites, including loc.gov, Congress.gov and copyright.gov, will be unavailable from 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18.
Important National Anniversaries
Find resources which provide both broad and deep looks at important moments in the collective American memory such as Nixon's resignation, VJ Day and the end of the Spanish American War at the Library of Congress.
From the Library of Congress: Cosmic World Treasures
The Library of Congress’ international collections are extraordinary, including materials in more than 450 languages and in many media. Approximately two-thirds of the Library's books are in languages other than English.
Historic Views of Washington, D.C.
Get the whole story on Washington, D.C. as told through historic maps and documents from the Library of Congress.
Free, three-day seminar: The American West and the Western Film Genre
Free three-day seminar for teachers: The American West and the Western Film Genre at Library of Congress' Packard Campus in Culpeper.
Gettysburg Sesquicentennial: Artists, Photographers and Printmakers Tell the Tale
In July 1863, photographs and artwork were essential in understanding the enormity of events at Gettysburg. Modern viewers will find civil war collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and also in Exhibitions equally compelling and illuminating today.
Travel Back in Time with The Library of Congress
A great class starter: Today in History
The Great American Potluck Recipe Book from The Library of Congress
What can we learn about a nation from its food? Explore the diversity of our country with this entertaining and practical online cookbook, The Great American Potluck from The Library of Congress.
Summer Reading with Primary Source Books and Ideas from the Library of Congress
Summer Reading ideas with the Library of Congress' Books that Shaped America and Classic Books for Children.
The Last Day of School: A Cartoon from the Library of Congress
With the end of the 2012-13 academic year approaching, you and your students might appreciate a timeless cartoon about the last day of school.
Primary Source Analysis Tools: Observe, Reflect, Question
Check out these customized primary source analysis tools for photographs, political cartoons, maps, oral histories and more.
April is Poetry Month
The Library of Congress has many excellent resources you can use to mark Poetry Month. Check them out!
Baseball: Teaching Resources from the Library of Congress
Opening Day is almost here. Whatever subject or grade you teach, find an angle to engage your students with Baseball resources from the Library of Congress.
Women of resilience, determination and humor: Photographs from the Library of Congress
34 interesting photographs from the Library of Congress.
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