20th Century history

Explore the website for the Nuremberg Documentation Center, one of the most comprehensive resources on Hitler's rise to power.

Watch this excellent lecture on Why World War II Matters, presented by Hillsdale College and given by renowned scholar Victor Davis Hanson.

View featured artifacts, listen to oral histories, and explore more at The National WWII Museum's informative site. 

In Dialogues with Solzhenitsyn, Alexander Sokurov reverently records the life and thoughts of Alexander Solzhenitsyn by filming a reflective series of conversations between Solzhenitsyn and himself. 

For a fascinating and accessible taste of communist and totalitarian history, check out these two interviews with Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag: A History and Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956.

 

American Constitutionalism

Hillsdale College has archived lectures and other course materials for their course Constitution 101: The Meaning & History of the Constitution.

The Heritage Foundation also has a useful teacher's guide to the Constitution that includes the full text of the document, scholarly commentary, and other classroom resources. 

 

American History

The National Archives provides a sample of all the historical records they preserve.

A list of 100 milestone documents in American history

NEH Chairman Bruce Cole interviews historian David McCullough on The Danger of Historical Amnesia  

 

ancient and medieval HISTORY

Classics at Oxford posts dozens of sources most of which are very practical and full of wonderful images and articles.

It may be out of print, but The Discovery of the Mind: The Greek Origins of European Thought by Bruno Snell is still accessible as a digital book through the Internet Archive.

Fordham University's Internet Ancient History Sourcebooks has hundreds of local files and links to useful resources.

CLVC 205: Introduction to Ancient Greek History with Dr. Donald Kagan--a free online course through Open Yale Courses

 

ART & Art History

The New Criterion, a monthly review of the arts and intellectual life

As an artist, Makoto Fujimura produces works of astonishing beauty. In his roles as writer and speaker, as well as artist, he is seeking to shape and renew culture.

A search engine dedicated just to fine art: The Artcyclopedia

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum just made 205 art books available online for free. For other free art and art history texts online, visit Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMAReading Room, Getty Publication's Virtual Library, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's MetPublications.

 

Art Museums

Visit the website for Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum to see digital versions of their collection, read about Vincent's life, and explore a collection of his letters.

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum has a dynamic website with fun features like Rijksstudio, which allows users to curate their own set of paintings from the museum's collection.

The Carnegie Museum of Art has a large collection that includes art, film and video archives, and museum publications.

Boston's Museum of Fine Arts offers an eclectic collection. In spring, 2017, Botticelli's Venus, among others, will be on display in the U.S. for the first time at the MFA.

Even if you can't visit in person, take the Frick Collection's virtual tour of the museum to see its room upon room of masterpieces. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has three locations, each with its own unique collection of art and artifacts. 

Tucked away in Northwest Washington, DC, The Phillips Collection houses an excellent private collection alongside rotating exhibits.

Also in DC, the Hirshhorn is home to a broad collection of modern art as well as a sculpture garden where visitors can see one of the casts of Auguste Rodin's The Burghers of Calais.

The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery features among its extensive collection portraits of all forty-five presidents of the United States.

Washington, DC's National Gallery of Art has an impressive collection of traditional and modern art, including Leonardo da Vinci's portrait of Ginevra de Benci, the only da Vinci work on display in the Americas.

London's Tate Britain houses a collection of British art from 1500 to the present day.

On the website for London's National Gallery, visitors can look at highlights from the collection, including works by Jan van Eyck, Vincent Van Gogh, and Peter Paul Rubens.

The Louvre allows visitors to the museum website to create a personal account that makes it easy to bookmark favorite pieces from the collection.

Visit the Vatican Museums in Rome to see what works of art, archaeology, and ethno-anthropology the popes have collected since the 15th century.

To see Albrecht Dürer's famous Self-Portrait, visit Munich's Alte Pinakothek.

The Chicago Art Institute holds an incredible various collection of sculpture, paintings, textiles, and more.

Visitors to the website for the Philadelphia Museum of Art can search the museum's collections and watch artist interviews, among other great ways to interact with the museum online.

Entry to the Baltimore Museum of Art is always free, which makes its collection easily accessible to the public.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art champions film, photography, architecture, design, and other art forms that are not always considered mainstream.   

Also in San Francisco, the Legion of Honor Museum features collections of European painting and decorative arts and sculpture, ancient art, graphic art, and photography.

Along with the Legion of Honor Museum above, the de Young Museum makes up the pair of Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Florence, Italy hosts some of the best art galleries in the world, including the Uffizi Gallery and the National Museum of the Bargello.

Tucked away in Chadds Ford, PA, the Brandywine River Museum of Art features excellent rotating exhibitions and an extensive permanent collection of works by N.C., Andrew, and Jamie Wyeth.

 

cana classical guides--free previews

A Lively Kind of Learning: Mastering the Seminar Method by Jeannette M. DeCelles-Zwerneman

How to Teach Chaim Potok's The Chosen by Jeannette M. DeCelles-Zwerneman

Teaching Fiction from the Inside Out by Jeannette M. DeCelles-Zwerneman

 

Church History

Browse this extensive list of early Christian writings. 

 

FILM

Image Journal's lists of Top 100 Films and Top 25 Films on Mercy

 

LANGUAGE

Study New Testament Greek or Latin online through University of Texas at Austin's Linguistics Research Center.

 

Music

The BBC’s official website for classical music is a great way to keep up with the latest releases, upcoming concerts, and informative profiles of the greatest composers past and present.

 

Poetry

Read Andrew Zwerneman's introduction to Seamus Heaney and analysis of Heaney's poem "Digging" in this short guide: The Love of Poems in a Post-Poetry Age. Zwerneman's introduction to the half dozen elements to look for in any poem is a good resource for teachers and students of poetry.

The Poetry Foundation has a huge database of poems, poet biographies, articles, and other unique features.

The Ocean, The Bird, and the Scholar--Helen Vendler's lecture upon receiving the honor of being named the 2004 Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities

Seamus Heaney's Nobel Lecture: Crediting Poetry

 

Rhetoric

The Scaffolding of Rhetoric by Winston Churchill

Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century

Explore the forest of rhetoric on Silva Rhetoricae by Brigham Young University.

 

Scripture

Bible Hub makes it easy to compare different translations of the Old and New Testaments side-by-side, along with many other resources such as Greek and Hebrew study tools and concordances.

 

Shakespeare

The Folger Shakespeare Library has uploaded digital texts of all of Shakespeare's works to an online collection.