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Memorial Day

Monuments and memorials do more than remind us about the past. Learn how you can use them as primary sources, with high school teacher James Percoco. FIND OUT MORE »

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Photograph negative, U.S.S. Neosho and other ships during Pearl Harbor attack, 7

When does a historical film go from "based on historical events" to total [...] »

screencap, History of Memorial Day video, 00:45, 15 May 2012

Did you know Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day? [...] »

Gallant charge of the Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts ..., Currier and Ives, 1863

Where does the glory of Robert Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts [...] »

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Photo, Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, May 1943, LoC

How do you observe Memorial Day? Teachinghistory.org shares teaching resources [...] »

Photo. Illumination Ceremony at dawn. Flickr

Teaching with place involves more than walking students around a battlefield. [...] »

Photo, Percoco at Gettysburg, James Percoco

Leave your students with intellectually and emotionally significant memories of [...] »

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Does the movie "Glory" depict historical accuracy or wholesale fiction? [...] »

Photo, Jefferson Memorial with Red Tourists, Apr. 18, 2008, Tancread, Flickr

How do we relate to national memorials? Photographs can show us how we want to [...] »

Veterans Day is for everyone who fought for the U.S.—including those who [...] »

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