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Local Educators Highlights Student Work with Vets for National Audience


Peggy King, a media specialist at Manual Academy in Peoria, Illinois; Bill Noomah, a teacher at McNeil Canyon Elementary in Homer, Alaska; and Nick Stange, a teacher at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, Illinois, shared teaching strategies and resources related to Veterans Day during an online program offered to educators nationally on Oct. 21. Sponsored by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program, the hour-long Google hangout highlighted three teachers and an expert from the Library’s Veterans History Project (VHP).

King highlighted materials created with the Junior ROTC program at Manual Academy. King also discussed the submission of student projects to the VHP for inclusion into its collections.

Noomah has 26 years of experience teaching in elementary school classrooms in Homer. He became interested in teaching with primary sources during a workshop five years ago about the Library of Congress online materials. Noomah highlighted his work with elementary students analyzing the letters and drawings of WWII veteran Tracy Sugarman.

Stange is one of three teacher/sponsors of the Harlem Veteran Project, dedicated to preserving the stories of America’s veterans. In the past five years, the Harlem Veteran Project has completed over 150 interviews and completed 80 documentaries, all of which were submitted to the Library of Congress.

The Veterans History Project collects, preserves and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. The VHP currently has nearly 95,000 resources that can be incorporated into the K-12 curriculum.

To view the hangout online, visit this site. For more information on VHP, visit

The Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources program collaborates with school districts, universities, libraries, and foundations to help teachers use the Library’s vast collection of digitized primary sources to enrich their classroom instruction. More information is at Regular tips and resources for teachers are available on the Teaching with the Library of Congress Twitter feed, @TeachingLC.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats. The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at

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