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Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
12/30/2020
A box of soap baby that was sold as a campaign tool for Former President William McKinley during the 1896 United States presidential election. An identical box of soap baby was created for the opposing Democrat candidate, William Jennings Bryan. These were produced by the soap manufacturer and not t
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
12/30/2020
Menarche, or the onset of menstruation, generated much advice and many attempts to manage girls' bodies in a public way. A box of tampons featuring "no belts, no pins, no pads" from Tampax, geared for young menstruating females. This object is featured in Girlhood (It's complicated).
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
9/4/2020
“Getting free stuff in the mail can be exciting, especially if the stuff that’s free is new and novel. On the other hand, it can be frustrating to have unsolicited stuff pouring into your mailbox. From the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, households across the United States received promotional dis
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
9/27/2018
The National Youth Summit brings middle and high school students together with scholars, teachers, policy experts, and activists in a national conversation about important events in America’s past that have relevance to the nation’s present and future. Mark your calendars for the next
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
5/1/2018
The term “ballot” is derived from the Italian ballotta, meaning “little ball.” This ballot box was not used in a U.S. election. It was used by members of a Washington, D.C., social club.
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Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
4/25/2018
Made in a San Diego sign shop, this metal menu board formed one side of a speaker box at a Jack in the Box drive thru restaurant. Drivers approached the menu, made their selections, and proceeded to the speaker box to place their orders. This menu is from the early 1960s and features an 18-cent h
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
Where Do You Stand? asks students to formulate opinions on fundamental American rights while listening to and learning from the ideas and experiences of their peers. The learning begins with the guiding question: What does the right to vote mean to you?
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
The glass ballot jar became a symbol of democratic self-government. This 1884 glass ballot jar is typical of the transparent devices used to secure paper ballots.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
3/23/2018
Giving in America is a permanent exhibit that looks at the historical role of philanthropy in shaping the United States. The exhibit showcases four major themes of American philanthropy centered on the questions of “Who Gives?” “Why Do We Give?” “What Do We Give?” and
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
2/1/2017
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
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