Hopefully your summer includes a little vacation time. To aid you in planning where to visit, we start this post off with some links about museums: 12 history trips from the New York Times, simulations in natural history museums, how the National Archives preserves the Declaration of Independence, and a new exhibit review blog from the National Council on Public History. Then, while the noise of fireworks is still ringing in your ears, read about why July 5th is a day to be celebrated too, and NPR clears up some myths about the 4th.
- The Library of Congress looks at the history of Memorial Day, linking to related photographs, sheet music, poems, and more.
- The History Channel’s History of Memorial Day page offers a collection of videos and articles.
- The Big Picture took observed Memorial Day through pictures in 2009.
- EDSITEment’s calendar offers two lesson plans this Memorial Day: “The Massachusetts 54th Regiment: Honoring the Heroes” and “Walt Whitman’s Notebooks and Poetry: the Sweep of the Universe.”
- The National History Education Clearinghouse offers a number of links to resources for Teaching about Memorial Day.
Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of this delicious holiday, we start off this week’s What We’re Reading with Thanksgiving and food related posts. Then, check out images from the Library of Congress’s Flickr page, Yuri Dojc’s “Last Folio” exhibit, and a forgotten file at the Denver Post. Finally listen to an NPR story on “An Unlikely African-American Music Historian,” take a look at “Mr. Wilson’s University,” and check out Jeffrey Herf’s “Hate Radio” along with Richard Wolin’s response, ”Herf’s Misuses of History.”
Thanksgiving and Food Related Posts
- The Year We Had Two Thanksgivings
This page from the Franklin D.