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Grade Range:
4-8
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
4/24/2013
In this interactive from Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, students are introduced to characters and issues from the War of 1812 and are invited to cast their vote on going to war. 
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
4/24/2013
This guide introduces teachers to resources on the Battle of Baltimore and the role the state of Maryland played in the War of 1812. Find short background information on the course of the war and its effects on citizens, suggested books for adults and children on 1812 history, and links to educat
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
1/7/2013
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
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/12/2012
This upright transposing piano was made in 1940 by Weser Brothers, New York, for Irving Berlin (1888–1989). Like many Tin Pan Alley pianists, Berlin was self-taught, preferring to play on the black keys. “The key of C,” he once said, “is for people who study music”. The transposing mech
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
7 minutes
Date Posted:
3/1/2012
Discover America’s key symbols and holidays through short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The seven questions included in this segment cover topics such as national holidays, the American flag, t
Grade Range:
K-5
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
12 minutes
Date Posted:
5/28/2010
Watch four short videos to learn about the story of the Star-Spangled Banner, the flag that inspired the National Anthem. During the presentation, Mary Pickersgill (a historical figure with a fictional monologue) is working on a garrison flag to fly over Baltimore’s Fort McHenry. She speaks abo
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
2/19/2009
Although introduced by Spanish settlers, the island's carnival celebrations, like mask making, music, and public performance, have developed into uniquely Puerto Rican traditions that also reflect the customs and sensibilities of Puerto Ricans' African ancestors. This carnival mask pictured here
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
2/19/2009
Carnival celebrations featuring performers dressed as devils are found in Puerto Rico and the rest Latin America. The presence of these characters during Carnival is understood by many as an ancient reference to the contest between good and evil. The devilish mask pictured here was made for the
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
1/7/2009
This website from the National Park Service is a helpful resource for anyone who is interested in visiting Fort McHenry or learning more about it. A photo gallery and brief historical essays describe the fort, its defenders and the various roles that Fort McHenry has played in different periods o
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Reference Materials
Date Posted:
1/7/2009
Francis Scott Key is recognized as one of the nation's great patriots despite the fact that he initially opposed America's entry into the War of 1812. This article from Smithsonian Magazine discusses several interesting aspects of the war, including: Key's anti-war sentiments, how the events at F
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