November 09, 2011
This week we link to the National Archives’ Docs Teach collaboration with National History Day, a collection of resources for teaching about Veterans Day, and an article about a Marine killed in action who leaves a legacy for history graduate students. Then, get a behind-the-scenes view of exhibitions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, learn about the British Library Royal Manuscripts app, and finally, just for fun, check out Stephen King’s new book about time travel and changing history.
- Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History
The National Archives’ Docs Teach site now has a section with resources for teachers and students on this year’s National History Day theme of “Revolution, Reaction, and Reform in History.”
- Veterans Day in the Classroom
Teachinghistory.org has put together a collection of lesson plans, quizzes, links, and other resources to teach students about Veterans Day. The site features a similar collection of resources for teaching students about Thanksgiving.
- Marine’s Will Creates Scholarship for History Graduate Students
This article recounts the tragic recent death of Lance Cpl. Benjamin W. Schmidt, killed in Afghanistan by friendly fire. The article ends on an uplifting note, explaining that the young marine’s memory will live on through a scholarship for history graduate students at Texas Christian University.
- Putting Holocaust History on Display
The Washington Post interviews Ted Phillips, director of exhibitions and resources, to learn more about the permanent and traveling exhibits of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- US Patent Office Shows Off Timeless Machines
The November issue of Wired magazine features patent models from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s new exhibition Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models from the Rothschild Collection, which opens tomorrow. View items from the collection here.
- British Library Royal Manuscripts App
The British Library’s new Royal Manuscripts app, developed through Toura, offers iPhone, iPad, or Android users access to 58 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, 500 images, and six videos by experts.
Stephen King is best known for writing about things that go bump in the night. But his new book, 11/22/63, is a departure from the horror genre, and instead rewrites history, imagining what could happen if a man time traveled to stop JFK’s assassination.
Contributors: Elisabeth Grant, Vernon Horn, and Pillarisetti Sudhir