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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First Person Account: William Christie

Grade Range: 2-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 2 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/15/2010

Willian G. Christie, a Union Soldier from Minnesota, relates his disgust over prejudice against black soldiers in his unit. This video is part of the Price of Freedom learning resources package for use with the Comparing Confederate an...


FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Web Link
Date Posted: 4/9/2014

Whether convenient, fast, organic, processed, gourmet, ethnic, or local—the foods available to Americans have never been more plentiful and diverse, or more ripe for discussion. Coupled with big changes in who does the cooking, where m...


Founding Fragment: Mr. Peanut

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/19/2014

One of the most enduring national brand characters to appear in the early days of advertising is everyone's favorite sartorially gifted legume, Mr. Peanut. In this episode, host Tory Altman joins Kathleen Franz, professor at American Univers...


Founding Fragments: Freemason's Snuff Box

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 2/5/2014

A short video, this one is great as a lesson opener! "Freemason's Snuff Box " is the second episode in the NMAH webseries "Founding Fragments." Join host Tory Altman for a behind-the-scenes look at some of our most intriguing and littl...


Founding Fragments: Ken Kesey's Acid Test Signboard

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 2/18/2014

This short video is a great lesson opener on the 1950s and 60s and post-WW2 America. "Ken Kesey's Acid Test Signboard" is the third episode in the NMAH webseries "Founding Fragments." Join host Tory Altman for a behind-the-scenes look at som...


Founding Fragments: New Mexico Hide Painting

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Date Posted: 2/25/2014

  Our Founding Fragments video series gets up close and personal with historical treasures in the collection of the National Museum of American History. This is our fifth episode in the series, and in it...


Founding Fragments: OncoMouse

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 5/15/2014

The history of patenting higher-level organisms began in the mid-1980s with a little guy called OncoMouse. In this episode, host Tory Altman joins Mallory Warner of the Museum's Division of Medicine and Science to talk about the first animal...


Founding Fragments: Political Comic Books

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 7 Minutes
Date Posted: 2/5/2014

A short video, this one is great as a lesson opener! "Political Comic Books" is the fourth episode in the NMAH webseries "Founding Fragments." Join host Tory Altman for a behind-the-scenes look at some of our most intriguing and little-known...


Founding Fragments: Radio Fax

Grade Range: 6-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Reference Materials
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 6/30/2014

Although we might think of fax machines as a relatively recent (if somewhat dated) technology, this episode uncovers the surprising history of the wireless fax machine. Host Tory Altman speaks with Hal Wallace, associate curator of the museu...


Founding Fragments: Star-Spangled Souvenirs

Grade Range: 4-12
Resource Type(s): Interactives & Media, Primary Source
Duration: 5 Minutes
Date Posted: 2/4/2014

A short video, this one is great as a lesson opener! "Star-Spangled Souvenirs" is the first episode in the NMAH webseries "Founding Fragments." Join host Tory Altman for a behind-the-scenes look at some of our most intriguing and little-known obje...

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