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A President’s Birthday Salute! The National Library of Medicine Prescribes George Washington

"George Washington and Family" painting, 1858–1860
Patricia Tuohy, Head, Exhibition Program, National Library of Medicine. Patricia holds a B.F.A. in painting and an M.A. in art history. Engaged in developing exhibitions for over 25 years, she has led the Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine since its inception in 1996.Read More »
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On Discovering Pearl S. Buck

Immigrants at Ellis Island
We are a people still young and we know that we have not yet come to the fullest of our powers.—Pearl S. Buck, Nobel Prize Banquet Speech, 1939.Read More »
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Carl Sandburg: Chicago’s poet

Wabash Ave north from Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois, 1900
Ask your students to recall the last time they heard a poet reading a poem on TV. They might mention watching the last presidential inauguration, or perhaps a televised poetry reading at last summer’s Olympic Games. Most likely, though, they won’t be able to remember a time when they heard a poet anywhere, let alone on television.Read More »
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Will Common Core Make “Mockingbird” Extinct?

A scene from the play "To Kill A Mockingbird," performed in Monroeville, Alabama
Even though To Kill a Mockingbird appears on the list of Common Core State Standards English Language Arts 9–10 grade exemplar texts (Appendix B p. 107), and poll results rank it as second only behind the Bible as the book that makes the most difference in people’s lives, teachers are concerned that important fiction such as Mockingbird will be overwhelmed in the call for more informational texts in an already crowded curriculum.Read More »
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A Guide to How to Access Millions of Pages of America's Historic Newspapers

Would you like to have free access to millions of digitized pages of America's Historic Newspapers from 1836–1922?Find out how hereWhat is Chronicling America? | EDSITEmentRead More »
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