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Columbus Day

How do you teach a holiday based on both myth and fact to young students, some of whom are pre-literate? In upper grades, teachers can challenge students with questions about Columbus Day and what it stands for, but what can you do in early elementary classrooms? FIND OUT MORE »

Learning Resources

Learn about global contact and its impact

The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet. 1862

One convenient source for major historical U.S. documents. [...] »

Christopher Columbus, His Own Book of Privileges, 1893, Benjamin Stevens, LoC

The Library of Congress describes "Columbus' Book of Privileges," a bound copy [...] »

John White. Americæ pars, nunc Virginia dicta. [Frankfurt am Main]

Enjoy this sneak peek at the Mellon Collection of Virginia history. [...] »

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Teaching Resources

Guide students in analyzing European exploration

Photo, globes, December 30, 2005, tuppus, Flickr

Historical thinking forces students to confront the uncertain status of [...] »

Poster, Knights of Columbus, William Balfour Ker, 1917, Library of Congress

Will the REAL Cristoforo Colombo please stand up. [...] »

Coat of arms, Christopher Columbus, Library of Congress

First-grade teacher Jennifer Orr answers the question, how do you teach when [...] »

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See how much you know about Columbus Day!

splash image explorations and innovations quiz

Crossing vast oceans required specialized tools and knowledge. Discover more [...] »

Christopher Columbus—a legend without a face? Answer these questions [...] »

Print, The triumph of Christopher Columbus, n.d., Library of Congress

Who else left Europe following the call of wealth, fame, religion, or other [...] »

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