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K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/18/2008
This is a Bata Cubana, or Cuban Rumba dress, donated to the Smithsonian by Celia Cruz, the great Cuban salsa singer in 1997. An adaptation of the traditional Cuban rumba dress, it was made in the United States by Cuban-born designer José Arteaga. The Bata Cubana has its roots in the 19th century
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
11/4/2008
Life on America's farms in the 1920s and 1930s meant hard work and frugal habits. Farm families were used to "making do" with what they had, wasting nothing that could be recycled or reused. With feed sacks and flour bags, farmwomen took thriftiness to new heights of creativity, transforming the
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/21/2008
Students can learn about the Lynches and the realities of life for many Americans during the Industrial Revolution by examining a map and description of their apartment, a page from an 1885 account book, and objects from the period. In the 1870s and 1880s, Catherine Tracy Lynch, an Irish imm
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
10/9/2008
This website includes 10 objects from the Smithsonian’s First Ladies Collection supplemented with contextual information. Part of the online exhibition entitled Legacies: Collecting America’s History at the Smithsonian, this resource will give students a unique look at the life of some of Ame
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
10/7/2008
This website was originally designed to complement C-SPAN's 20th Anniversary Television Series, American Presidents: Life Portraits, which debuted in 1999.  The American Presidents website, created for the television series, contains a complete video archive of the series, additiona
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/29/2008
The Library of Congress presents Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies through this website. A great resource for students who are looking for images to help with presidential research, this site also includes advice on how to understand and work with the collection of portraits.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/25/2008
This website is a entertaining resource for students researching the history of the White House, and/or the American Presidency.  The site contains an interactive map of Washington for students, as well as a section devoted entirely to younger kids. The site also has a section devoted to tea
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/25/2008
The official website of the White House features updated news on the current administration, as well as a history of each past president, administration, and all of the first ladies. A comprehensive history of the White House itself is also presented, with many interactive links for students of a
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/23/2008
This website, from the Library of Congress, is a collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's inauguration of 2001. It includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/23/2008
Complete inaugural addresses of every president from George Washington to George W. Bush can be found on this reference website.  It is a very useful tool for students conducting research on a particular president.
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