New Online: Today in History, Hispanic Heritage & Folklife Collections at this link.
National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation and society. The Hispanic Heritage website has been redesigned and upgraded, featuring new content for 2016, a new adaptive visual design, new and improved video player and more. Click here to visit the Hispanic Heritage website.
New Online: Today in History, Hispanic Heritage & Folklife Collections at this link
Today in History is an online presentation of historic events illustrated by items from the Library’s digital collections. First established in 1997, the site was migrated this month from the American Memory site to a new home on loc.gov. The revised site features larger images, responsive design and, most importantly, hundreds of updates, corrections and enhancements. The site’s content is written by reference experts from across many of the Library’s divisions and is a great resource for teachers, history enthusiasts and more. Each illustrated story ends with suggestions for further inquiry and investigation within the Library’s rich online resources.
PBS TeacherLine Course: Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
Our Course Calendar
Week 1: July 13 – 19
Week 2: July 20 – 26
Week 3: July 27 – August 2
Week 4: August 3 – August 9
Week 5: August 10 – August 16
Week 6: August 17 – August 23
Want to know more about conducting research using Veterans History Project (VHP) collections? Are you curious about our World War I diary holdings? Interested in firsthand accounts of combat from Vietnam veterans? Want to know how to research your relative’s military unit? Come find out more during a special presentation by VHP reference specialist Megan Harris.
This introduction provides an overview of VHP’s collections scope, available online resources, how to search the archive using the online database, and how to coordinate use of non-digitized collections. Participants will learn more about VHP’s online exhibits, how to find information about specific units and conflicts, and the vast number of ways in which VHP collections can be utilized in your research.
Date: Saturday, July 16, time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT
Location: Library of Congress Jefferson Bldg. LJ G-07
“A Book That Shaped Me” Essay Contest: The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest.
The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001. The theme of this year’s festival is “I cannot live without books,” a famous statement by Thomas Jefferson.
Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2015 are eligible. Essays, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10, 2015.
More information available at this link: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-080.html
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Like our ancestors, we look up at the heavens and wonder. What is the structure of the universe? How significant are we? Are we alone? To commemorate the acquisition of The Seth MacFarlane Collection of the Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan Archive, the Library of Congress presents an exploration of these questions across the breadth of its collections and offers a first glimpse into Carl Sagan’s papers. This is a wonderfully comprehensive repository of primary source research documents.
This term, I’ll archive course emails here for easier retrieval. Great when you are away from email but need to remember an important course component. Feel free to comment here with questions.
Our Course: INST342.34 – Teaching with Primary Sources from the Library of Congress
Orientation: July 7 – July 9
Week 1: July 9 – July 15
Week 2: July 16 – July 22
Week 3: July 23 – July 29
Week 4: July 30 – August 5
Week 5: August 6 – August 12
Week 6: August 13- August 19
PBS Teacherline: http://www.pbs.org/teacherline/
Library of Congress Exhibitions
Main Library of Congress website