American history

New for March at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks at Willa Cather, celebrates American women in wartime, chronicles American history through newspaper archives, and offers two of the best humanities websites on the web.

Featured Library: Peru Public Library

Because 2013 marks the middle of the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, programming on this topic is particularly relevant, so this month we’re highlighting Peru (Ill.) Public Library for its full day of programs about what medicine was like during this period. In partnership with the Canal Corridor Association and LaSalle Public Library, the library played host to the 17th Corps Field Hospital.

Making Sense of the American Civil War

From the moment Americans founds themselves pulled into a civil war of unimaginable scale and consequence, they tried desperately to make sense of what was happening to them. From the secession crisis into the maelstrom of battle, from the nightmare of slavery into the twilight of emancipation, Americans of all backgrounds confronted the chaos with stories to explain how things had come to be. People continued to tell themselves those stories about the war and its meaning for the next century and a half, and they probably always will.

Q&A with Chris Vallillo, Musician and Folklorist

Editor’s note: Join us for another behind-the-scenes look at traveling exhibitions at the ALA Public Programs Office. Today, in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, we talk to musician and folklorist Chris Vallillo about “Abraham Lincoln in Song,” a historically accurate show that weaves period folk songs, Lincoln’s stories, and his own words together to shed light on the life and times of one of our nation’s favorite sons.

New for January at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks at the American Presidents, including their inaugural speeches; discusses the Bill of Rights; considers three giants of American literature—Herman Melville, John Steinbeck, and Mark Twain; and celebrates the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

New for December at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks back at Pearl Harbor, celebrates holiday traditions from Mexico, takes a peek into the life of Emily Dickinson, and examines the creation of the Bill of Rights. Plus, find out more about PBS’s upcoming The Abolitionists and discover websites on 1968, the King James Bible, and Hawaii.

New for October at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment explores authenticity in Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath; looks at what motivated Columbus’s travels; remembers the Cuban Missile Crisis on its fiftieth anniversary; offers new resources for AP English Literature and Composition; discusses voting in Jacksonian American as depicted in George Caleb Bingham’s The County Election; and discovers the roots of Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

Creative Aging in Our Communities: The Public Library Project

The field of creative aging focuses on the beneficial and powerful role of the arts in enhancing the quality of life for older adults, and is increasingly recognized as an important contributor to positive aging efforts. As the population of aging Americans steadily increases, libraries are experiencing a growing need for valuable programming to address patron needs and interests.

Free Dust Bowl Resources from PBS

The Dust Bowl, a two-part, four-hour documentary series by Ken Burns, chronicles the environmental catastrophe that, throughout the 1930s, destroyed the farmlands of the Great Plains, turned prairies into deserts, and unleashed a pattern of massive, deadly dust storms that for many seemed to herald the end of the world. It was the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.

New for September at EDSITEment

EDSITEment celebrates Constitution Day and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this September. In addition, for National Hispanic Heritage Month, EDSITEment looks at noted Hispanic poets from the seventeenth and twentieth centuries as well as offers Spanish-language resources for the novel Esperanza Rising.

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