Library of Congress primary sources

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This month’s blog contains information about the Primary Source Sets compiled by the LOC. Sets include many of the topics we have been learning about and relecting upon for CCC America:

Immigration, The Industrial Revolution, Westward Expansion, The Dust Bowl, The New Deal, Women’s Suffrage, Civil War Music, Veterans’ Stories, and many other topics.

Go to the Primary Source Sets site to view the holdings.

Burning River, Carl Stokes & First Earth Day

The public is invited to a lecture hosted by CCC Amerca. Historian David Stradling (University of Cincinnati) will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010, at the Western Reserve Historical Society:

5:30 p.m. Reception

6:00-7:00 p.m. Burning River, Carl Stokes and the First Earth Day

Historian David Stradling teaches  urban and environmental history at the University of Cincinnati. since 2000. Stradling’s research focuses on urban environmental history, including the struggle to improve air quality and the many ways in which urbanization has influenced rural America. He is studying the Cuyahoga River and industrial Cleveland.

Library of Congress Veterans History Project

For those teachers and students who are conducting veterans’ interviews, the Library of Congress Veterans History Project offers an interview kit and extensive resources, such as a “how to” video, release forms, etc.

For information about the Veterans History Project resources, visit

For interviews with veterans of recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the link to the website 100 Faces of War will be of interest:

It is part of the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project containing interviews with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. It is linked to a site by author, Larry Minear, who wrote Through Veterans’ Eyes: The Iraq and Afghanistan Experience.

Recent Posts for CCC America

Read the recent posts for pedagogical  insights and best teaching practices for the recently revised History Exhibits and History Posters for CCC America. The Exhibits and Posters, available at the Teaching & Learning Cleveland website, focus on local history in the Northeast Ohio area.

In the posts, teachers speculate about how they will use their web-based curricular materials with students during Year Three of CCC America.  Seeing history within the context of their local communities–from then to now–brings history alive for students.

CCC America Summer Institute 2010

The CCC America Summer Insitute 2010 takes place June 14 through June 23rd. We will be continuing our themes of consumerism, urban to suburban growth, and historical landscapes. Technology training will focus on blogposts for history discussions and narratives, and enhancing online history exhibits with Google maps.

Week One meets at the ESC Administration Building from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Field trips include Ohio City, Arcelor Mittal Steel Mill, and Eastside and Westside Cleveland and Suburbs.

Week Two meets at CSU Library RT302 and WRHS for Historical Thinking Workshops, Omeka Training, and Archival Research.

Teachers will complete projects during July for final presentations on July 29th and August 5th at the ESC.

198 String Band Workshop

Friday, May 7, 2010 – Western Reserve Historical Society – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Teachers in the CCC America and Sounds of American History TAH grants will participate in a workshop with the historian/musicians of the 198 String Band. The band is from Buffalo, NY. Tom Naples (guitar, banjo, autoharp) has researched music of the Great Depression and has travelled the route of the Dust Bowl migrations. Peggy Milliron (guitar, vocals) is a music educator and photographer who has researched and edited the photos of the Great Depression used in the multimedia presentation. Mike Frisch (fiddle, guitar, vocals) is professor of American Studies and History at University of Buffalo. Visit their website.

Sounds of History GALA May 6th

All are invited to attend the Sounds of American History Gala on May 6, 2010, 4:30-7:30 pm at Cleveland State’s Main Classroom Auditorium. Highlights include presentations by teachers who have incorporated primary audio resources into their history lessons and the 198 String Band. The 198 String Band combines large-screen sequences of Depression-era photographs with live performance of songs from the 1930s.  Sounds Flyer (3)