Museum Artifacts

A listing of selected Museum artifacts that can be used to teach American history using object-based learning techniques. The selected artifacts represent a variety of historical eras and the list will grow over time. Want to suggest a new artifact? Click here to contact us.


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Ulysses Grant's Camp Chair

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2010

This camp chair was used by Ulysses Grant during the Civil War.


Ulysses Grant's Field Glasses

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2010

In September 1861 Ulysses S. Grant was appointed Brigadier General of Volunteers by President Abraham Lincoln. Grant directed Sherman to drive through the South while he himself, with the Army of the Potomac, pinned down Gen. Robert E. L...


Ulysses Grant's Letter from Fort Donelson

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2010

On February 16, 1862, General Buckner surrendered Fort Donelson. The unconditional surrender created jubilation throughout the North and shock in Dixie. It was the North’s first major victory of the Civil War, opening the way into the very h...


Union Belt Plate

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2010

Union belt buckle found on the battlefield at Winchester, Virginia.


United Farmworkers Poster

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Source
Date Posted: 9/3/2008

Cesar Estrada Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers of America, is one of the most recognized Latino civil rights leaders in the United States.  A Mexican American born in Yuma, Arizona, his family lost their small farm in the G...


United States Cent, 1974 (aluminum)

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 6/10/2009

This one-cent piece from 1974 is perfectly normal-except for one thing. It was struck in aluminum rather than bronze. Lincoln's bust graces the obverse, just as it has done for over ninety-five years. And the Lincoln Memorial appears on the ...


United States Colored Troops Flag

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/31/2010

This flag belonged to the 84th Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Troops. The red stripes bear the regiment's name and number and some of the battles in which the 84th fought. The unit was organized April 4, 1864 and mustered ...


United States National 34 Star Flag

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/31/2010

The United States National 34-Star flag was adopted with the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in January 1861. It was used until 1863 when West Virginia became a state. At no time did the national flag lose stars.


United States, 10 Dollars, 1907 (pattern)

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 6/11/2009

This is the final object in the Roosevelt/Saint-Gaudens object group.   In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt asked sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to lead an effort to redesign American coinage. Saint-Gaudens dev...


United States, 2 1/2 Dollars, 1848

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 10/19/2009

In 1848, the largest single gold rush in history was just getting under way in California.  The event triggered a mass migration of fortune hunters from around the world.  The territory has only recently passed into American hands as an ...

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Featured Artifact

Andrew Jackson's Uniform Coat

Blue wool uniform coat, gold-colored buttons on jacket front and sleeves. Epaulettes and gold trim at neck and cuffs.

This coat adheres to the 1813 uniform...