Throughout the 1800s, homegrown American scientists and inventors were a source of pride for the fledgling republic, which was rapidly surpassing Great Britain and the rest of Europe as a hotbed of industrial activity. The period also coincided with the peak of the Romantic Period in art, music,
#MyFellowCitizens asks students to think critically about what good citizenship means to them.
The learning begins with the guiding question: What does it mean to be a good citizen? Students investigate this question by looking at the Naturalization O
In this tour, take a close look at a life mask made of Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and gain insight into his life during the Civil War. Pair this tour with a 3D tour of a life mask made in 1860 to consider the impact of the war on Lincoln. Life masks we
Get Revolutionary access to Smithsonian objects with the 3D Charter Collection. In this tour, take a close look at the Gunboat Philadelphia, a warship sunk in Lake Champlain in 1776. Students can rotate, expand and control their own explorations of this unique artifact. The tour includes historic
In this brief video, curators Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird share key objects from the political history collection representing inaugurations and presidential campaigns dating back to the early 1800s. See how objects are stored and continuity and change in campaign and inaugural material
Railroads have moved people and cargo around America for more than 180 years. By using this OurStory module, children and adults can enjoy exploring the history of trains in America. Focused on actively reading Jingle the Brass, a historical fiction picture book about a ride on a steam l
In this activity, students will match clues with images of children who lived in the White House in order to learn about their lives as they lived in the presidential mansion. As part of the online exhibition, The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden, this activity will help stude
While there are many successful paths to launch a new product, there are also a few ways to fail. As the owner of a popular American candy company, you will need to make careful choices to help your product succeed in the Chinese market.
Japanese Americans reflect on their years spent in internment camps as children or young adults. They discuss the process of being forced from their homes, and their ability to make the prisons more livable despite oppressive conditions.