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8-12
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Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/11/2012
In this post, students will learn about the origins of the holiday known today as Halloween, and the history of its celebration in the United States, including trick-or-treating and costumes. All-Hallows-Even (that is, evening) is the night before All Hallows Day. The apostrophe in the earlier sp
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will discover the history of electric car technology over the course of the last century. In the early 20th century, motorists had a choice of electric, steam, or gasoline cars, and it wasn’t clear that any one type would dominate the market. Electricity was beginnin
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will learn the story of Ms. Weslee W. D’Audney, a woman who modeled for a government poster during World War II. Students will also discover the challenges of managing the Smithsonian's large collection of war-related posters. Written by David Haberstich, Associ
Grade Range:
8-12
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Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will learn how trading cards were used to educate those who could not be reached through more traditional methods during the AIDS epidemic. In 1993, comic book publisher Eclipse Enterprises released a set of 110 AIDS Awareness trading cards. The cards feature a va
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn about Washington during the Civil War. During the war, Washington’s busy wharves were the focal point for moving people and supplies into and out of the city. Here the wounded from the Virginia battlefields were off-loaded from steamboats to await transpor
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn how packaging—and the unspoken dialogue between consumers and producers—is one way to understand the connection between supermarkets and food consumption habits in the United States. Package colors, materials, and other design elements of food products a
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will explore Louisa May Alcott's service as a nurse during the Civil War. While Alcott is perhaps best known as the author of the 19th-century classic Little Women, she also served as a Union nurse in Washington, D.C. at Georgetown’s Union Hotel Hospita
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn about the Civil War through a photographic album presented to Anna Lowell in 1864 by a group of attendants in D.C.'s Armory Square Hospital. In 1862, having recently been trained as a nurse, Lowell had traveled from Cambridge to D.C. and immediately gotten t
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