October 2016 Blog Posts

Re-imagining “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”

John Quidor, "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane," 1858. Smithsonian
We never bury the dead, son. We take them with us. It's the price of living. — “The Golem” episode, Sleepy Hollow television series.Washington Irving was one of the most beloved and influential writers in 19th-century America. His timeless story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” concerns the fate of a gullible and self-centered schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane.Read More »
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Connecting the Past and Present with the Immigrant Stories Project

Three women using PC for video session
Elizabeth Venditto, Ph.D., is an immigration historian and manages the Immigrant Stories project at the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.*Read More »
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Walking with Thoreau on Cape Cod

Corn Hill Beach, Truro, Massachusetts.
Most persons visit the seaside in warm weather…but I suspect fall is the best season…In October, when the landscape wears its autumnal tints,…that I am convinced is the best time to visit this shore…the thoughtful days begin, and we can walk anywhere with profit.—Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod  Read More »
Categories Closer Readings

Taking a Stand: American Revolution and the Founders

Smithsonian Learning Lab: Taking a Stand. American Revolution and the Founders
What if your students had the vast resources of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and more—at their fingertips for this year’s National History Day project?Read More »
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