If your community is fortunate enough to send students on trips to Washington,D.C., perusing the Library of Congress ahead of time is good preparation. In any event, exposure to the mountains of knowledge and rare books and exhibits in the LOC, even at a distance, is awe-inspiring.
The African American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship showcases the African American collections of the Library of Congress, with more than 240 items, including books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, musical scores, plays, films, and recordings. This online exhibit is divided into 9 sections... Slavery--The Peculiar Institution Free Blacks in the Antebellum Period Abolition The… learn more
Created by teachers for teachers, these ready-to-use materials provide easy ways to incorporate the Library’s unparalleled primary sources into instruction. Free primary-source-based professional development from the Library of Congress. learn more
Meeting of Frontiers looks at the exploration and settling of Siberia with narratives in both English and Russian. learn more
Panoramic Photographs at the LOC will yield 4000 photographs of significant events and ordinary life from 1851-1991. We found the primary source photographs detailing California history fascinating. learn more
This archive was originally founded as the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library in 1928. Today the Archive includes over three million photographs, manuscripts, audio recordings, and moving images. It consists of documentation of traditional culture from all around the world including the earliest field recordings made in the 1890s on wax cylinder… learn more
The Library of Congress maintains "miles" of references and showcases special exhibit of all types. You can start at their home page or explore some of the other links on this page. learn more