American history

New for March at EDSITEment

This March, EDSITEment focuses on Women’s History Month; offers a new lesson on the Magna Carta, a new unit on early American foreign policy, and a new launchpad on Benjamin Franklin; takes a look back at March 1968; highlights some of the best humanities on the web; and shares this month’s don’t-miss programs on PBS’s American Experience.

New for February at EDSITEment

This February, EDSITEment offers a collection of Black History Month resources, takes a look at the history-changing events of February 1968, goes on a Flight to Freedom, builds a fire with Jack London, introduces the members of Thoreau’s Circle, and celebrates Presidents’ Day.

New for January at EDSITEment

Chinese dragon


This month, EDSITEment remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., explores President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, offers lessons for teaching civics through stories, celebrates the Chinese New Year, looks back at 1968, and takes a trip through the looking glass.

New for December at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment looks at December celebrations, Emanuel Leutze’s depiction of George Washington’s December crossing of the Delaware, a collection of Civil War resources, and civil unrest in Newark, New Jersey, in the 1960s.

New for October at EDSITEment

Las Catrinas


This month, EDSITEment offers lesson plans for a variety of American history–related film resources, with topics including Prohibition, post-Columbus America, American art, and the War of 1812. The site also celebrates Halloween and el Día de Muertos and highlights two exhibitions you won’t want to miss.

Featured Library: Aurora Public Library

This month we’re highlighting the Aurora (Ill.) Public Library for its wealth of Civil War programming. This year marks the beginning of the Civil War Sesquicentennial commemoration, and this October, the library is offering a variety of related programs for adults and children:

  • Civil War Spies for Kids: Children ages seven to twelve can participate in a spy activity and find out who was doing the spying during the Civil War.

  • Civil War Storytime: Kids in grades K–3 can come to a storytime and then tour the museum’s Civil War exhibit.

Colonial Tea with John Adams

I believe the library is the hub of the community, reaching many different interests. There is no better way to achieve that than through its programs. I use creative programs that partner with organizations throughout our community to achieve this objective.

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