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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month

by on May 10, 2013


In celebration, the National Archives has teamed up with other federal agencies and cultural institutions to provide digital content, including resources for teachers.

Along with the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, we pay tribute “to the generations of Jewish Americans who have helped form the fabric of American history, culture and society” on jewishheritagemonth.gov; and “to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success” on asianpacificheritage.gov.

Both sites include images, audio, video, exhibits and collections, as well as a list of upcoming events in 2013.

Native Hawaiian Census Poster

This 2010 Census poster was made to create awareness of the coming census and assure Native Hawaiians that their responses would be confidential. (From the Records of the Bureau of the Census. National Archives Identifier 6094524)

For Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the National Archives highlights a Flickr set of photos and documents, our Prologue magazine articles such as “An Alleged Wife: One Immigrant in the Chinese Exclusion Era” and “Revisiting Korea: Exposing Myths of the Forgotten War,” and primary sources like the Joint Resolution to Provide for Annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United States. Our partner organizations share great sites too, like the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress, with a collection of stories from Asian-Pacific American Veterans.

Specifically for teachers, we provide primary sources related to

Food will Win the War poster in Yiddish. You came here seeking freedom. You must now help to preserve it. Wheat is needed for the Allies. Waste Nothing.

This 1917 poster was printed in Yiddish and several other languages to target immigrants. It urges food conservation: “Food will Win the War. You came here seeking freedom. You must now help to preserve it. Wheat is needed for the Allies. Waste Nothing.” (From the Records of the U.S. Food Administration. National Archives Identifier 512541)

For Jewish American Heritage Month, the National Archives shares images on Flickr, recorded public programs such as “World War II Lost Jewish Assets” and “When General Grant Expelled the Jews” on our YouTube channel, documents related to the creation of the state of Israel, and more primary sources related to Jewish history.

Just one of the many interesting resources from our partner organizations on jewishheritagemonth.gov is “Shop Life,” an exhibit from The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, that invites visitors to explore commerce at 97 Orchard Street in lower Manhattan from 1863 to 1988.


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