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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Barbie Dressed as La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 9/19/2009

This Barbie doll is costumed and accessorized as a representation of The Virgin of Caridad del Cobre, Patron Saint of Cuba. The doll wears the ornate blue and gold robe characteristic of the Virgin in other depictions in religious cards, carvings,...


Baseball Catcher's Mask

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 10/22/2008

Steve Richard Nicosia (b. 1955) played for eight seasons on four different teams, ending his career in 1985. As a rookie, Nicosia used this catcher's mask when he caught during Game Seven of the 1979 World Series. Later in his career, he set a San...


Basketball Jersey

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 3/19/2010

During his thirteen seasons with the Boston Celtics, Bob Cousy (b. 1928) played in thirteen consecutive All-Star Games and earned two All–Star MVP awards, among many other accolades. This “Houdini of the Hardwood” introduced spee...


Battle of Antietam Lithograph

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/22/2010

General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North culminated in the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history.


Battle of Gettysburg Lithograph

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/22/2010

The Battle of Gettysburg was a critical turning point in the American Civil War. During the first three days of July 1863, over 172,000 men and 634 cannons were positioned in an area encompassing 25 square miles.


Battle Rattle

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/22/2010

Civil War battle rattle used on smaller ships to call all hands to battle stations.


Belt Revolver

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/15/2010

The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed the two states to decide the issue of slavery by a popular ballot. The fight in Kansas was so intense that the state earned the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” John Brown bought 2,000 of these revolv...


Benjamin Lincoln's Sword

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/30/2009

General Charles Conrwallis was so mortified by his defeat that he dispatched his second-in-command, Brigadier General Charles O'Hara, to surrender his forces. When O'Hara offered Cornwallis's sword to George Washington, Washington, in keeping with...


Berdan Sharpshooter Uniform

Grade Range: 5-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 12/22/2010

Uniform and hat of soldiers of the 1st Regiment of U.S. Sharpshooters, better known as Berdan's Sharpshooters. Mustered in 1861, this unit was commanded by Colonel Hiram Berdan.


Bilingual Catechism

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Artifacts
Date Posted: 9/17/2009

A catechism is a text used to instruct young people and new converts about Christian beliefs. This Catholic catechism was printed in Mexico in 1758 in Spanish and Náhuatl, a language spoken and written by many indigenous people in central M...

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Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat

At six feet four inches tall, Lincoln towered over most of his contemporaries. He chose to stand out even more by wearing high top hats. He acquired this hat from J. Y....