CURRICULAR SITES   THE LEARNING PAGE…especially for teachers. (Getting started, lesson plans, features & activities, collection connections, professional development)  Guide to more than 100 American Memory collections.  Web

based content for using the American Memory collections in teaching.


Professional development workshops in Washington, D.C. or through video conferencing.  Discussions of curricular themes.  Teacher’s guides to Folk life resources and to conducting Folklife and Fieldwork



AMERICA DREAMS:  “America Dreams” creates a timely forum to consider the dreams of our past,

the realities of the present and our hopes for the future. This project will challenge students to explore the American Dream as historians, as storytellers and as architects of the future.


THE BRANDING  OF AMERICA  Inventive and entrepreneurial Americans have left their mark on American history

through the hundreds of brand name products available on today’s market

shelves.  What are these products?  How did they get their start? Through primary source documents from the American

memory collections, students learn about famous American brands originating in communities across the U.S.  Classrooms

 are invited to explore the products of their own area and to add their locally famous brands to the map of Hometown Products.



Help us show our nation’s great diversity through contributions to the online cookbook, “The  Great American Potluck.” 

Students may contribute recipes and stories which will help to illustrate the variety of ethnic heritage and cultural traditions

 found in the American people.



Today’s Immigrants


“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”


Emma Lazarus penned these words in her 19th century poem.  Do the words reflect the American

sentiment about immigration at that time?  Do these words express America’s feelings about

immigration today? Student historians can help tell today’s story of immigration to the U.S. by

conducting and publishing interviews with recent immigrants to create a record of late 20th and early

21st-century immigration.




The library of Congress has been charged with “collecting and preserving” audio and video recorded

oral histories from America’s war verterans along with other documentary materials such as

photographs, diaries and letters.  The project’s Youth Partners include classes of students and

teachers in middle and secondary schools, as well as after-school programs and youth groups.  By participating in this project, students not only learn history from those who lived it, but they can

help to make history by contributing their submissions to The Library of Congress.