Both in the past and today, children have enjoyed celebrating their birthdays. Here's a picture showing a birthday party from the early 1900s. You can click on the picture to see a larger image.
Each person has a special and unique birth date. Did you know that you can find primary sources that occured on your special date? In this activity you will explore the American Memory feature entitled "Today in History". Here you can search for your particular birth date and view pictures and other primary sources that are connected to your day. To begin click on the birthday cake to go to the "Today in History" site.
Now you need to search for your birth date. To do this, go down to choice #2 where it says, "Jump to a specific day in the archive." Click on the arrows to change the month and the day to match your birth date. Then click "Go". This will bring up all of the primary sources that are connected to your birth date. To learn more about the sources, click on the links provided. You can see the images larger when you click on them.
After viewing and examining the primary sources found in your birthdate search, click on the paper to download and print out a worksheet to complete.
Be sure to share your findings with your classmates!!
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