In 1862, the Morrill Act made education in new western states available to their citizens by providing public land grants for colleges in the agricultural and mechanical arts.
The French Gift of Lady Liberty
Today we shine a spotlight on a document that gave the United States one of its most famous monuments: the deed of gift for “Liberty Enlightening the World.”
Bringing Archives Sleepover Activities to the Classroom
This summer we welcomed children ages 8-12 and their accompanying adult to our History, Heroes, and Treasures sleepover at the National Archives in Washington, DC. Our guests not only slept in the museum with our nation’s founding documents, but also took part in a range of fun and educational activities related to exploration. While some elements of these … Continue reading Bringing Archives Sleepover Activities to the Classroom
Settling the West
The 1862 Homestead Act provided Americans the opportunity for federal land grants. Today's spotlight is on the first claim to be filed under the Homestead Act.
The Purchase of Alaska
For today’s spotlight document we take a look at the treasury warrant used for the purchase of the 49th state.
Calling on the Vice President
Just hours before the tragedy at Ford’s Theatre, Booth made a visit to the Washington hotel where Vice President Johnson was staying and left today’s spotlight document: a calling card.
Newly Digitized Hoover Presidential Documents
At the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, Primarily Teaching workshop participants explored documents from Herbert Hoover’s time as the 31st President of the United States.
Congratulations NHD Winners!
To those students who were involved in National History Day this year, a job well done! We are especially delighted to send our warmest congratulations to students who attended workshops or researched at our National Archives or Presidential Library locations and took their projects all the way to the national contest in College Park, MD, last … Continue reading Congratulations NHD Winners!
Today's spotlight is on a photograph of the first fatal Wright Brothers flying machine crash.
Native American Fishing Rights: Digitized in Seattle
Educators in our Primarily Teaching summer institute in Seattle scanned documents on Native American land and fishing rights in the West.