Bring History Alive with Newspaper Primary Sources

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Welcome to, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing FREE primary souce material for students, teachers, and historybuffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major, events in American history were reported in newspapers of the time. In addition, there is information about the technology used to produce newspapers over the past 400 years. Our latest addition is panoramas of historic sites in America.

If you want free resources that draw from historical events in newspapers, you will enjoy this site!

Find Historical Pictures of Places from Around the World

You can find historical pictures of places from around the world, possibly even of your home town! HistoGrafica is a website where you can register for free to upload historical pictures of your area of the world and share with others. Are you looking for old pictures for a project, or for teaching your classes? Make your PowerPoints come alive and add that little extra touch with pictures that may be hard to find. Many thanks to Liz!

American History Teachers! Need a Great Teaching Resource?

Textbooks can strike terror in a student, especially if the teacher has students read aloud and then says after the lesson, “Answer the questions at the end of the chapter.” Argh! Last week, when Lisa and I were teaching a sixth grade history lesson, I asked the students, “If you hate history, please share your reasons.” Many said, “We memorize,” “We learn the same thing every year,” “We memorize,” and on and on and on. Time to spice up your lessons!

Colonial Williamsburg sends out a monthly Teacher Gazette newsletter via email that focuses on primary sources, shares lesson plans, and other pertinent helps to get your students out of the Social Studies Hum Drum.
“Tight Lacing, or Fashion before Ease,” by Bowles and Carver after John Collet, London, England, ca. 1770–1775. From the collections of the Colonial Williamsburg FoundationFor example, this month’s newsletter covers “Tight Lacing: Taking Great Pains with Fashion,” by Susan Pryor; Primary Source of the Month:
“Tight Lacing, or Fashion before Ease” ; and Teaching Strategy:
“Extreme Fashion” in the 1700s

If you are interested in signing up, click here: Go

Also, if you wish to have a wealth of resources to explore, don’t forget to go to the Teacher’s Resources page on the CW website. There you will find:
–>recordings of songs, music, and other multimedia
–>lesson plans
–>virtual maps and interactives
and much more

National Archives Primary Sources for Mashups, etc.

Tired of the hum drum of teaching Social Studies? Occasionally I come across a blog post that causes my heart to skip, and this is one of them.

Glen has written a post about the National Archives new Digital Vault site where students can access primary sources. It is well worth your time, especially if you are a history teacher!

Read Glen’s post here: Go