African American Union Soliders

Primary Source Performance: Acting Out Scenes Using Primary Sources

The picture above is from the Library of Congress Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs. It shows two African American Union soldiers, likely from the Civil War. The bibliographic page states, “Photograph shows two unidentified African American union soldiers, full-length portrait, wearing uniforms, seated with arms around each other’s shoulders, facing front.”   Preparation Choose a […]

Japanese Relocation

Short Story Contest: Exploring Students’ Imagination Through Primary Sources

The picture above is from the Ansel Adams’ Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar collection at the Library of Congress from 1943. The bibliographic page describes the picture, “Man stands on top of bus loading luggage while a group of people gather to say farewell, guardhouse in the background.” During World War II, between 110,000 […]

Using Google Cardboard as a Time Machine into 150 Year Old Stereographic Photos

By now you have probably heard the buzz about Google Cardboard, but if you haven’t, it is exactly what you would expect – a piece of cardboard – that turns your smartphone into a virtual reality headset. Remember the old stereoscope viewers? Google Cardboard harnesses this 150+ year old technology into an educational tool relevant for today’s […]