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“Every survivor has a story to tell.” Introducing IWitness & its 1000 stories

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Imagine that you could have 1,000 survivors in your classroom . . . The University of Southern California Shoah Foundation recently launched the BETA version of a truly important gift–a searchable, interactive archive of more than 1000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses. It is simply one of the most elegant and thoughtfully [...]

The King Center Archive Goes Live! (on Monday)

The King Center in Atlanta recently announced that this year’s commemoration of Dr. King’s birthday will also mark the launch of a new site, the King Center Archive. The project goes live on Monday and will make available thousands of never-before-seen images connected to Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. According to the King [...]

Oy yez, Oy Yez, Oh Yay!

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Carol Simpson shared this resource on LM_NET earlier this week.  If your middle or high school teachers explore Supreme Court cases with their learners, if you believe in the importance of civics education, you’ll want to share and add Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay! to your pathfinders.  Even if you’re not in Texas! The Texas State [...]

The FBI opens its Vault

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Holy primary sources!  Make sure you add this one to your history and primary source pathfinders! The FBI recently launched The Vault, its new electronic reading room, containing more than 3,000 documents that have been scanned from paper into digital copies so you can read them in the comfort of your home or office. New [...]

National Jukebox ready to play (No nickel needed!)

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Imagine your computer as a new Gramophone purchased for family and friends to enjoy in your home parlor. Audition popular recorded selections of the beginning of the 20th century years—band music, novelty tunes, humorous monologues, hits from the season’s new musical theater productions, the latest dance rhythms, and opera arias. The Library of Congress just [...]

Historical Newspapers Online

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Compiled at the Penn Libraries, Historical Newspapers Online is a table listing free online newspaper archives.  And, you are going to want to share this list with your history teachers and your serious young historians. Arranged by state, the list is curated by Research and Instructional Services Librarian Nick Okrent, who shares his strategy aggregating [...]

Statistical Abstract of the US

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The 2011 Statistical Abstract of the United States was released yesterday by the Census Bureau.  This 130th edition of our government’s best-selling reference book, first published in 1878, is the standard summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. It is also designed to serve as a guide to [...]

NARA gets more social

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I am both a primary source junkie and a social networking junkie and I’m loving the new look at NARA. A NARA blog post from 12/13 explains: You may have noticed that things look a little different on our website today. That’s because the National Archives just received a digital makeover, streamlining our look and [...]

Congressional Timeline: New from the Dirkson Congressional Center

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The Dirksen Congressional Center just launched Congressional Timeline 1.0, making easily available in an attractive, visual format: Major laws — more than 200 examples — passed by Congress from 1933 to the present The partisan composition of each Congress, along with the presidential administration and the congressional leaders The session dates of each Congress Measures [...]

Remixing great words with new power

For quite some time I’ve been thinking about the power of remixing to inspire new understandings of great speeches and documents, of giving learners opportunities for creatively reinterpreting great works and ideas in modern contexts. Our Hamlet Remixed (VoiceThread) project was highly successful.  But this morning I was completely blown away by Adam Gault’s remix [...]