Multimedia resources from the Library of Congress that support instruction about holidays. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, Webcasts, and other online materials.
African American History Month (Presentation) The Library of Congress celebrates the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (Presentation) The Library of Congress celebrates the millions of Asian/Pacific Americans whose contributions have helped make America a strong, free society.
Bringing in the May with Jennifer Cutting (Webcast) View a webcast and learn about folk traditions surrounding May and the spring season in Britain and the United States.
Experiencing War: Stories From the Veterans History Project (Presentation) This growing database features personal narratives and memoirs sent to the Veterans History Project from veterans from all wars. Celebrate Veterans Day by reading these stories.
The Great American Potluck (Presentation) Join us in The Great American Potluck! What would a celebration be without food? Share your favorite family holiday dishes!
Halloween: The Fantasy and Folklore of All Hollows (American Folklife Center) The origins and traditions of Halloween are explored in an article by folklorist Jack Santino.
Inaugurations (Presentation) Through images and written accounts, observe the pageantry of presidential inaugurations.
Jewish American Heritage Month (Presentation) The Library of Congress joins other organizations in paying tribute to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society.
Looking Into Holidays Past (Online Activity) Help students analyze primary sources they see, hear or read using these fall, winter, spring and summer themed resources.
The New Yellow Ribbon Tradition (American Folklife Center) Learn about the tradition of displaying ribbons of various colors to remember loved ones far away or to identify with a particular cause.
A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources (American Folklife Center) This guide provides information on many useful print and electronic publications for folklife educators. Browse by subject to locate resources by cultural background.
Thanksgiving in American Memory (Presentation) Investigate the American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving. Don't miss the Thanksgiving Timeline!
Today in History (April 22, 1970) Earth Day (Today in History) Learn about the history of Earth Day.
Today in History (December 25) Welcome Christmas and Happy Hannukah (Today in History) This date marks the Christmas celebration and the beginning of Hannukah.
Today in History (March 17) Saint Patrick's Day (Today in History) Read about the St. Patrick's Day tradition and the celebration of the Irish heritage in America.
Today in History (May 30) Memorial Day (Today in History) How did the Memorial Day holiday begin?
Today in History (November 11) Veterans Day (Today in History) Read about when and how we began to celebrate our nation's Veterans.
Today in History (November 25) Thanksgiving Day (Today in History) On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans give thanks for their good fortune by celebrating the national holiday of Thanksgiving.
Today in History (September 5, 1882) The First Labor Day (Today in History) Some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America's first Labor Day parade.
Today in History (December 15) Happy Hannukah (Today in History) Learn about Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem in 164 or 165 BCE.
Today in History (December 25) Welcome Christmas (Today in History) This date marks the Christmas celebration.
What is Folklife? (American Folklife Center) Folklife is the everyday and intimate creativity that all of us share and pass on to the next generation. View and listen to examples of these traditions and celebrations.
Women's History Month (Presentation)The Library of Congress recognizes the wisdom and tenacity of the generations of women, past, present and future.