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The FBI opens its Vault


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!)


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


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


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


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


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 […]

DocsTeach rocks primary sources!

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I discovered National Archives Experience’s DocsTeach today, thanks to eSchoolNews. My teachers are going to flip.  And so will my APUSH gang. Searchable by time period, historical thinking skill, and tool, this new portal helps teachers find, use, and create instruction using more than 3,000 primary sources. I love the open-ended approach to instruction and […]

on research shifts

Yesterday, once again, it was time for our 12th grade honors Global Studies classes to engage themselves as stakeholders in our ever-morphing Middle East Peace Summit simulation. We updated our lesson and the resource page and watched the classes as they attacked understanding of their roles. But this year it looked different. Instead of focusing […]

Library of Congress Virtual Tour App


The Library of Congress, recently launched a virtual tour app, mirroring its fabulous Library of Congress Experience, an award-winning group of exhibitions and features that has drawn record numbers of visitors. I had the privilege of visiting the interactive exhibit live earlier this summer as a member of the TPS Mentor program cohort.  Granted, it’s […]