Last year on Presidents’ Day we explored the holiday’s beginnings: starting in 1880 as a celebration of George Washington’s Birthday, modified in 1971 to fall on a Monday in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, and finally broadened in
Happy Valentine’s Day! Dear readers, please accept our Valentine’s gift to you: a collection of Valentine’s Day and history-related links.
- Today in History: February 14
The Library of Congress’s American Memory site remembers Valentine’s Day with glimpses from the past:
Teachinghistory.org’s Thanksgiving website is a true wealth of resources for history teachers looking to make the Thanksgiving school lesson a memorable one. Among these resources are engaging lesson plans, fun quizzes, and a cornucopia of information about the first Thanksgiving
November is Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about Native American history and culture, and find teaching resources, through the links we’ve rounded up below.
- Native American Heritage Month 2011
The Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities,
Our present-day Halloween celebration is rooted in Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival of the dead. The Celts believed Samhain was the day ghosts were free to mingle with the living. The people provided offerings of food and drink to