The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory
Collections to teach history and culture. It offers tips and tricks,
definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions,
lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom
|What is the Learning
American Memory is an online archive of over 100 collections
of rare and unique items important to America’s heritage. The
collections contain more than 7 million primary source documents,
photographs, films, and recordings that reflect the collective American
memory. They are a treasure trove of unique personal items from another
period in time – perhaps old records, letters with exquisite
penmanship and arcane language, clothing, keepsakes, or faded photographs.
These collections are ‘snapshots’ providing a glimpse
into America’s past.
is American Memory?
So let's Get Started....
|What are primary sources? How can I use primary sources with
|How can I search, save,
view, listen and print resources from the American Memory collections?
|Where can I find other
quality Web sites to help me use the Internet in my teaching?
|There are literally billions of items that
are evidence of our daily lives, but most of these items are lost, destroyed
or never documented. Fortunately, many clues about the past - primary sources
- do survive and we use them to learn about bygone times.
|What do I need to know about copyright and
citing sources? How can I link and bookmark? How can I order reproductions?
How can I use primary sources in lessons, or presentations? How can I use
American Memory resources with my students without using computers?
|What reliable, high quality online sources
can I share with students and parents for use at home ? How can I use The
Library of Congress Web sites to facilitate History Day projects? Where
can I find a list of outstanding book titles to supplement our study of
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