It's still summer -- from the Library of Congress

Bathing Beauties, Atlantic City, Detroit Publishing, between 1890-1910

Greetings from TPSNVA (Teaching with Primary Sources, Northern Virginia),

Even though school days are approaching, we’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, so we thought we’d send links to some of the many seasonal items you can find at the Library of Congress:

A May 27, 1861, letter to Abraham Lincoln invites him to spend the summer at the National Hotel in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Mr. Peters, the proprietor wrote: “Having refurnished [the hotel] I flatter myself that I am fully competent to give yourself and suit such Entertainment as would be required, which I shall most Cheerfully do."


You can go "Strolling with Your Summer Girl" while someone plays Lew P. Bendernagel's 1906 song. More than 3,000 19th and early 20th century American sheet music songs are available in

"Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920," to take you back to another era of American music.

 The Poetry 180 Web site, a creation of Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate, offers several poems dedicated to the warmest season of the year.  In "The Summer I Was Sixteen," Geraldine Connolly remembers fondly how she "danced to the low beat of 'Duke of Earl,'" "gobbled cotton candy torches" and "rubbed baby oil with iodine across sunburned shoulders . . .” Other summer poems are "Summer in a Small Town" and "The Summer Day."

If you are a motorcycle fan, check out :“Hog Heaven: Celebrating 100 Years of the Harley Davidson with many interesting images and links.

Most of all, enjoy the rest of the season!