Interactives & Media

A complete listing of all the standards-based educational resources that includes audio, video, and interactive resources. Many of these resources are designed to be used by the learner without help from a teacher or parent.


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History Explorer Podcast: Holidays on Display

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 21 Minutes
Date Posted: 12/31/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curator Larry Bird discusses the development of holiday parades, department store window displays, and light shows and examines larger issues in American culture in the late ninetee...


History Explorer Podcast: Hurricane Katrina and Collecting from a Disaster

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted: 8/15/2011

In 2005,  Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United States .  In her wake, a team of curators from the museum set out to collect objects that captured the history of the moment and what it me...


History Explorer Podcast: In the Field--Researching the Food Exhibit

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 3/27/2013

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Sarah Coffee hears from Rayna Green about how curators working on the exhibit, Food:Transforming the American Tabl...


History Explorer Podcast: Investigating Portraiture

Grade Range: K-0
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/15/2011

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Curator Shannon Perich discusses how portraiture can be used in historical research. Shannon presents three historical portraits (including Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother), descri...


History Explorer Podcast: Japanese Internment and WWII Service

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 2/15/2012

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, curatorial assistant Noriko Sanefuji interviews Grant Ichikawa, a US veteran who enlisted after being relocated to a Japanese American internment camp with his family in 1942.Allowed to ...


History Explorer Podcast: Joseph Henry and the History of Weather Prediction in the U.S.

Grade Range: 6-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 7/25/2012

Learn about the history of predicting weather in the United States from actor Dwayne Starlin playing Joseph Henry, first secretary of the Smithsonian.  Henry played a crucial role in creating a weather prediction service in the United S...


History Explorer Podcast: June Johnson

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Worksheets, Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 11/12/2013

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, hear activist and Mississippi native June Johnson discuss her work in the civil rights movement, including during Mississippi Freedom Summer.  Johnson was a teenager when she became acti...


History Explorer Podcast: Martha Prescott Norman

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 15 Minutes
Date Posted: 9/30/2013

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, civil rights activist Martha Prescott Norman discusses her decision to join the civil rights movement against the wishes of her parents, and her experiences in the movement, including during ...


History Explorer Podcast: Mary Lou Williams, Jazz Master

Grade Range: 5-8
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Duration: 13 Minutes
Date Posted: 12/31/2010

In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Ken Kimery, Executive Producer of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, discusses the career of jazz musician Mary Lou Williams and the value of studying jazz in American history. ...


History Explorer Podcast: Memorializing Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media
Duration: 8 Minutes
Date Posted: 1/16/2014

Martin Luther King, Jr. is a household name in most of America, but what do we really know about him?  And what do we know about the people who were just as central to the Civil Rights movement as King was?  Take a listen to this brief p...

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Edison's "New Year's Eve" Lamp

Thomas Edison used this carbon-filament bulb in the first public demonstration of his most famous invention, the first practical electric incandescent lamp, which took place...