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September 30, 1996
Web posted at: 2:30 p.m. EDT

Library of Congress puts the focus on education


The Library of Congress is welcoming students and teachers back for a new year of school on its Learning Page.

The "Back to School Special" is part of the National Digital Library program. "Learn More About It" has helpful tips on how to use on-line documents, photographs and recordings from the American Memory historical collections.

And "Read More About It" an important part of the Library's literacy program, includes a reading list with each collection.

Colonial Williamsburg comes to the present


Colonial Williamsburg's Web page brings the 18th century American colonies into the 21st century, providing an on-line historical almanac with tours of the colonial Virginia town.

The site includes photos of many of Williamsburg's 500 restored buildings, and biographies of the pioneers of democracy who lived there. The colonial dateline lists all the important events that led up to the war for American independence.

There's also a series of electronic field trips for students and teachers, and "Let America Speak: Our Vote as Our Voice" introduces students to the rights and responsibilities in a constitutional democracy.

The Virtual West

Virtual West

The Public Broadcasting System is providing a companion page for "The West," Ken Burns' latest offering. Designed as a college-level on-line supplement, it contains extensive resource material, much of which was used to assemble the documentary.

Producers say "New Perspectives on the West' is one of the world's largest digital collections of historic documents form the American West.

The page has a timeline of Western history -- an archive with a wealth of related documents, an interactive map, and a biographical dictionary to aid in the exploration of the places and people of the old West.


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