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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Stubby

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Source
Date Posted: 6/19/2012

While training for combat on the fields of Yale University in 1917, Private J. Robert Conroy found a brindle puppy with a short tail. He named him Stubby, and soon the dog became the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division. He learned t...


Summer WAC Jacket

Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Source
Date Posted: 3/3/2011

Khaki-colored tropical worsted material with a rolled collar with lapels, epaulets on the shoulders, two false horizontal breast pockets with small gold-colored metallic buttons, and two side pockets over the hips. The jacket is closed by four gol...


Teatro Campesino Poster

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 9/29/2009

The Teatro Campesino was founded by Luis Valdez in 1965 to energize the political message of the United Farmer Workers of America using song, music, and drama. Modern, bicultural, and socially aware, the street theater of the Teatro Campesino is a...


Templeton Reid, 5 Dollars, 1830

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 11/6/2008

Before the famous California gold rush, several important strikes were made in the East: in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The earliest took place in Mecklenburg County, N.C., in 1799, where a nugget weighing several pounds was disco...


The Declaration of Independence Desk

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 7/1/2010

In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell. By the summer of 1776 membe...


The Guardian IMY2KC Baseball Cap

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/31/2009

In the early days of electronic computers, memory was not as efficient or inexpensive as it is today. To save memory space, programs stored as few digits as possible for dates. In COBOL, for instance, January 1, 1999, was stored as 010199. As Year...


The Storming of Chapultepec

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 11/6/2008

This print shows American forces attacking the fortress palace of Chapultepec on Sept. 13th, 1847. General Winfield Scott, depicted in the lower left on a white horse, led the southern division of the U.S. Army that successfully captured Mexico Ci...


The Three Kings

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 1/8/2010

On the Catholic calendar, the Three Kings are celebrated on the 6th of January. On this date Puerto Rican children traditionally expected their Christmas gifts, not from Santa Claus, but from the Three Kings. In Puerto Rico, the Three Kings, (in S...


The Union is Dissolved! Broadside

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

The Charleston Mercury ’s “The Union Is Dissolved!” broadside was the first Confederate publication, as South Carolina was the first state to secede. It went to press fifteen minutes after the secession ordinance was pass...


The Visible Man

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 10/27/2008

People have long sought better ways to illustrate and understand the structure and functions of the human body. Paper dolls and wax, papier-mache, and plaster anatomical models have all been used as tools to teach human anatomy. In the wake of the...

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Ella Fitzgerald Record

Over the course of her 60-year career, Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) became known to fans and colleagues as "The First Lady of Song." Her rise to international fame as a jazz...