American history

Neighbors: The World Next Door

Jewish history is, in many ways, a history of encounters with neighbors, and the story of the Jewish neighbor is, in turn, a story of the wider world. But if the Jewish experience has been in some ways exceptional, the experience finds ready parallels in those of other peoples—especially in contemporary America.

Featured Library: River Forest Public Library

The River Forest (Ill.) Public Library (RFPL) is celebrating Mark Twain this month with a variety of programs for all ages.

First- through fifth-graders were invited to “Tom Sawyer Days” on October 3, where they learned about Tom’s life and times, played some old-fashioned games, and made a yummy treat.

Pride and Passion at the Highland Park Public Library

Highland Park (Ill.) Public Library recently unveiled “Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” an exhibit organized by the American Library Association and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, to a standing-room-only-crowd. It was opening day at the library, and crowds were waiting outside for the doors to open.

What brought in the crowds?

New for September at EDSITEment

This month EDSITEment celebrates the signing of the Constitution as well as Hispanic Heritage Month. It also takes a look at the many hats of Benjamin Franklin and announces the launch of Mission US, an exciting series of online educational video games that engage students in United States history.

New for July at EDSITEment

This month’s highlights: Don’t let the summer fly by without picking up a book from NEH’s Summertime Favorites—literary classics listed in appropriate grade categories; recharge yourself with To Kill a Mockingbird, published fifty years ago this summer; join others around the country in hosting a party to celebrate our “national novel”; and introduce timely lessons on senate confirmation hearings.

Featured Library: Henderson County Public Library

On July 4, 2010, the United States of America celebrated the 234th anniversary of the Continental Congress’ adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Throughout the nation’s history, many notable politicians have worked diligently to maintain our independence and keep the peace. One of our most well-known presidents, Abraham Lincoln, spent much of his presidency trying to unite a divided nation. While dedicating the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Lincoln stated:

New for June at EDSITEment

As you can see from our home page, EDSITEment has a number of cool offerings to engage teachers and students as school wraps up and summer weather beckons…

New for May at EDSITEment

This month, EDSITEment celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month by highlighting the life of Manjiro Nakahama (also known as John Mung), the first immigrant of Japanese descent to the United States. Manjiro and his fellow crewmembers were stranded on an island after a storm cast them adrift. Five months later they were rescued by an American whaling ship, whose captain was so impressed by Manjiro’s intelligence that he adopted the castaway.

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