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Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Decode a historic ledger that belonged to William Ramsay, a merchant in Alexandria, Virginia in the mid-1700s.
In 1776 Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on this portable desk of his own design. It features a hinged writing board and a locking drawer for papers, pens, and inkwell.
By the summer of 1776 members of the Second Continental Congress prepared to declare thei
Reviewed Websites, Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
This historical investigaiton is aligned with the C3 Framework and is from C3teachers.org.
This inquiry leads students through an investigation of the Great Compromise using various sources related to
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
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 University, to talk about the history of "spokes-characters" in
Produced by the Library of Virginia, this comprehensive website provides a cornucopia of great resources on Virginia history that are applicable for classes from every state. Attractive and easy to use, this site features blog posts, maps, art works, historical documents, and a range of oth
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
In this lesson, students will examine the difference between history and memory by debating the legacy of John Brown. Using video clips of an actor playing Brown, students are invited to debate his actions and determine how history should remember him. The video segments are also avai
This online exhibition explore the role of the portable printing press in conveying information during the Civil War. The ability to communicate quickly in wartime can profoundly affect military actions and outcomes. The invention of portable tabletop printing presses at the time of the American
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast series, Richard Doty, senior curator of the National Numismatics Collection, shares the story of the "Richmond Hoard," an enormous collection of Confederate currency obtained by the museum and explains what currency meant to life in the South a
Artifacts, Primary Sources
The United States National 34-Star flag was adopted with the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in January 1861. It was used until 1863 when West Virginia became a state. At no time did the national flag lose stars.
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Until May 12, 1864, this shattered stump was a large oak tree in a rolling meadow just outside Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia. The same fury of rifle bullets that cut down 2,000 combatants tore away all but twenty-two inches of the tree's trunk. Several of the conical minie balls (bullets) ar