Learn Your History

Learn Your History

Blog post by Amy
Wednesday, May 30, 2018




"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."  - George Santayana

We've all heard variants of this quote that invokes the importance of knowing history. But if you haven't lived through much past or need to boost your memory, we have new history and government resources in the Virtual Library that will help.

The American Antiquarian Society Historical Periodicals Collection has American newspapers and magazines published between 1684 and 1912. You can see these articles as they were originally published, in the context of their times. The publications include images, advertisements, and yes, the interesting spelling of yesteryear. This resource will help students who need historical sources, and any researcher interested in United States history.

Civil Rights and Civic Action eBooks are for students in grades 4 - 10. The Civil Rights collection covers key figures and events in the U.S. Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and '60s. The Civic Action collection teaches students about the foundations of democracy and how they can participate in government.  These are online-only, always-available eBooks, and they include images, videos, timelines, and primary sources.

These resources are available at any Austin Public Library location without a Library card, or outside the Library with a card.