The Library of Congress
The Library of Congress maintains "miles" of references and showcases special exhibit of all types.
You can start at their home page or explore some of the other links on this page.
The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in their teaching.
Here you can find lesson plans and more that meet Common Core standards, state content standards, and the standards of national organizations.
America's Story is a LOC portal site for students.
If you think break-dancing is a new invention, then click on "Join America at Play," where you'll see a film of an early break-dancer from 1898!
Your students can find biographies of Wild Bill, Duke Ellington, Amelia Earhart and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, learn what it was like to be part of the 1849 California gold rush, or learn how Hawaii got its name.
You can map current events to history or find a motivator by tapping "This Day in History" at the American Memory exhibit at the Library of Congress.
A stunning exhibit on the African American experience in American history has been divided into 9 sections: Slavery, Free Blacks, Abolition, The Civil War, Reconstruction, Booker T. Washington, World I, New Deal and WWII, and Civil Rights.
Panoramic Photographs at the LOC will yield 4000 photographs of significant events and ordinary life from 1851-1991.
We found the primary source photographs detailing California history fascinating.
Meeting of Frontiers looks at the exploration and settling of Siberia with narratives in both English and Russian.
This archive was originally founded as the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library in 1928. Today the Archive includes over three million photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images.
It consists of documentation of traditional culture from all around the world including the earliest field recordings made in the 1890s on wax cylinder through recordings made using digital technology. The archive is one of the oldest and largest of such repositories in the world.
If your community is fortunate enough to send students on trips to Washington,D.C., perusing the Library of Congress ahead of time is good preparation. In any event, exposure to the mountains of knowledge and rare books and exhibits in the LOC, even at a distance, is awe-inspiring.
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