Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series of Q&A features highlighting contributors to ALA Public Programs Office traveling exhibitions.
Libraries and students are eligible for a new contest! HISTORY, joined by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, invites libraries and students across the United States to flex their creative muscles and share their passion for American history by participating in HISTORY’s “America: The Story of Us” contests.
This month, EDSITEment puts the spotlight on Women’s History Month, which provides an ideal opportunity for students to learn about and connect to the lives, struggles, and achievements of women who came before in order to better understand our world today.
The ALA Public Programs Office announced five new reading and discussion themes based on the popular “Let’s Talk About It” model and inspired by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Picturing America collection.
A June 1969 riot at the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan is often considered to be the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the United States. Launched in 2000, Gay and Lesbian Pride Month is held in June to commemorate this important event in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) history.
The mass appeal of many fiction best-sellers seems to come from the combination of mythic characters and realistic, historically identifiable settings. These five novels, published between 1852 and 1971, are united not only by their reliance on a sense of place but also by the similarity of their myth making.
“The Nation That Works” focuses on the workplace—an area that brings Americans of disparate communities and backgrounds together because of economic need and occupational goals. “We live in neighborhoods separated by race, ethnicity and class, but we meet in the workplace, and our working lives are knit by small but symbolically resonant stories of nurturing and competition, support and betrayal, trust and fear,” said Valerie Smith, project advisor and professor of English at UCLA.
This series examines Christopher Columbus and his effects on history from a variety of genres and viewpoints: cultural, historical, fictional, and satirical.
Seeds of Change: A Quincentennial Commemoration is a collection of essays tracing Old and New World exchanges of sugar, maize, potatoes, wine, horses, and other common plants and animals as well as disease, over the course of five hundred years.
No period of American history has held our fascination over the years like the Civil War. It was a time of great principles and inspired ideals, a time of impassioned rhetoric and heroic acts, and, ultimately, a time of incomparable human suffering and sacrifice. Why did the “perfect Union” envisioned by the Founding Fathers turn on itself and risk self-destruction? What new order emerged from the devastation? And what is the legacy of the Civil War to our own time?