One the best (and often overlooked) resources for exploring 20th century history is early radio broadcasts. Long before the internet and decades before television, it was radio that delivered news and entertainment to millions of households around the country. Old Time Radio is a website with an extensive collection of the best broadcasts from the "Golden Age of Radio." You'll find classic entertainers like Abbott and Costello, and Bob Hope as well as dozens of shows from comedy, to drama, to science fiction,and vintage commercials. The site also contains FDR's "fireside chats", World War II broadcasts, and the voices of people like Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, Amelia Earhart, and even Adolf Hitler. Old Time Radio is a true "must see" for all the social studies teachers and history buffs out there.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Thursday, February 7, 2013
It would be great if there was a go to website for old magazines, photographs, posters, postcards, and other material from the past. I would love it if there was a website that shared memories and pictures by decade and by topic. This website does exist and it is called Retronaut! Retronaut is a website for people who love history. Not only that, it is a website for nostalgic people to relive fond childhood memories. Retronaut is one part history site and one part social media site. Much of the content is uploaded by the sites members and membership is free. At Retronaut, you can browse pictures from past decades and even past centuries. The site is searchable by decade, by topic and by search bar. Whether you love history or just like reminiscing about the past, Retronaut is a site you should check out. Be careful, you may end up spending hours of your day browsing all there is to see. Don't say you weren't warned.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Awesome Stories is a history teacher's dream. It holds an extensive collection of documents, videos, images, audio files, biographies, radio broadcasts, clips from movies, primary documents, slide shows and the stories behind them. The site is categorized by topic and by type of resource and is also searchable by topic. History teacher, head on over to Awesome Stories and sign up today. The site is free to join and must be explored to be appreciated.