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Hello fellows and friends,

Peggy Walker (AMF2001), from California has exciting news.

She's been selected to participate in this year's U.S. - Eurasian Awards
for Excellence in Teaching Program, sponsored by the American Councils for
International Education, and will be traveling to Ukraine in October as
part of the program.

Information about the organization:
http://www.americancouncils.org/
Information about the program:
http://www.isbe.state.il.us/curriculum/International/tea_awards.pdf

In July participants will meet with 105 teachers from Eurasia at a
conference at Chico State, "Celebrating Teaching Excellence Across
Cultures: A Unique Conference for Teachers of English and American
Studies".  She plans to submit proposals to present there, including a
workshop on using primary sources, specifically images.

For her students in California, Peggy reports that she's working on a unit ...

     "...on the Diversity of Russia at is was in 1917 and countries of the
      former USSR.  Students will graph demographics and respond
      to questions comparing areas.  They will map 1917 Russia and
      the area today.  Using Prokudin-Gorskii's photos, we will
      identify areas on the map and 'tour' the countries as they appeared
       in 1912-1917."

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If you're not familiar with he Prokudin-Gorskii photographs, you'll find
them three places on the Library of Congress website (links below).  These
glass lantern slides were produced from black & white negatives  - three
negatives per image, with red, green, or blue filters used when shooting
the photos.  Prokudin-Gorskii used a special "magic lantern" projector to
display all three images, each through a colored filter, superimposed to
create color images on a projection screen.  This was well before the
invention of color photography as we know it today.  LC (and its
contractors) used modern technology to merge the originals into beautiful
digital color images, available online.

Selections are here:

In their own online exhibition (browse only):
The Empire That Was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

and here...

In the bi-lingual hybrid (American Memory-like) presentation,
Meeting of Frontiers: Siberia, Alaska, and the American West
http://international.loc.gov/intldl/mtfhtml/mfsplash.html
here: http://international.loc.gov/intldl/mtfhtml/mfdigcol/mfdcphot.html#e

...and the whole collection, without annotations, is here, with a search tool:

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/prokquery.html
For information: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/prokhtml/prokabt.html

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So what's new with you?  Please share YOUR news with the list.

Betty



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    Elizabeth L. Brown
    Digital Reference Specialist
    Library of Congress, Washington, DC  20540-4604
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    Library of Congress American Memory Home Page:
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