2014 JAM poster celebrating John Coltrane

Jazz Appreciation Month: JAM 2014

For JAM’s thirteenth anniversary, the theme is Jazz Alchemy: A Love Supreme, which in part honors the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane’s seminal four part work, A Love Supreme.

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Songs of America

A new digital resource from the Library of Congress explores American history through song: with maps, recordings, videos, curator talks, a timeline, and more!

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Seventeen Moments in Soviet History

Seventeen Moments in Soviet History contains a rich archive of texts, images, maps, and audio and video materials from the Soviet era (1917–1991). The materials are arranged by year and by subject, are fully searchable, and are translated into English. Students, educators, and scholars will find materials about Soviet propaganda, politics, economics, society, crime, literature, art, dissidents, and hundreds of other topics.

Political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau born

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Literatures, Religions, and Arts of the Himalayan Regions

The products of this NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers offers a wealth of curricular plans and interactive ideas for the classroom. Topics cover a variety of disciplines: history, geography,  literature, religion, art, and environmental studies for every grade level.

2013 JAM poster, Lionel Hampton

Jazz Appreciation Month: JAM

Every April, the National Endowment for the Humanities and other organizations recognize Jazz Appreciation Month. For 2013, JAM honors jazz legends Lionel Hampton, Andy Weston, and John Levy.

Voices Across Time

Voices Across Time, from the University of Pittsburgh, was created to help teachers supplement secondary American social studies, language arts, and music curriculums through guides, lesson plans, and teaching resources using the power of song.

Annie Oakley, with rifle raised to aim and shoot

American Experience: "Annie Oakley"

As part of the Wild West collection on the American Experience, Annie Oakley returns on Jan. 31. She was the toast of Victorian London, New York, and Paris. She excelled in a man's world by doing what she loved, and won fame and fortune as the little lady from Ohio who never missed a shot.

Handel’s “Messiah” first performed in Boston

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photo from website American Routes

American Routes

A weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical.