Emerson writes letter to Whitman congratulating him on Leaves of Grass

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The Library Company, America’s first successful lending library, founded in Philadelphia by Ben Franklin

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Great Chicago Stories

This website from the Chicago History Museum and the NEH is a suite of twelve powerful historical fiction narratives and supporting educational materials inspired by artifacts in the collection of the museum. This award-winning resource for elementary and high school students can support and enhance classroom instruction as well as make valuable connections for students both pre- and post-field trip to the museum. Great Chicago Stories explores key themes of place, identity, and contested space while making local, regional, and national connections.

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Murder on Beacon Hill: The Parkman Murder

A gaming app based on an infamous murder in 19th-century Boston. A week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. Professor John Webster was arrested and put on trial for the murder. A superb history game.

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American Writers

A permanent archive for educators, researchers and every one interested in the writers featured in the C‑SPAN series.

 

Sir James Barrie, author of Peter Pan, is born

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National Teacher Day

National Teacher Day celebrated with EDSITEment Lesson Plan "What Makes a Hero?"

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U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of some of the states and the territories.

  • Midnight Ride of Paul Revere: Fact, Fiction, and Artistic License

    Created March 8, 2011
  • Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Printing Press

    Created March 2, 2011