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K-12
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Reviewed Websites, Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/22/2017
The role of religion in the formation and development of the United States is at the heart of this one-year exhibition that explores the themes of religious diversity, freedom, and growth from the colonial era through the 1840s. National treasures from the Museum’s own collection are on view, s
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
7/22/2017
Many Voices, One Nation takes visitors on a chronological and thematic journey that maps the cultural geography of the unique and complex stories that animate the Latin emblem on the country’s Great Seal and the national ideal: E pluribus unum, Out of m
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
7/22/2017
What happens when a people decide to govern themselves? America’s national treasures come to life in this compelling exhibition that examines the bold experiment to create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” American Democracy: A Great Leap of Fait
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources
Date Posted:
5/17/2016
During WWII almost 120,000 Japanese Americans were uprooted from the West Coast regions that were deemed military exclusion zones, moved cities and states away, and controlled under severe restrictions. We can better understand the lives, experiences, and stories of these people by studying objec
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Reference Materials
Date Posted:
5/1/2018
This ongoing collection of posts from the National Museum of American History's blog "O Say Can You See?" share stories and objects about The Nation We Build Together.
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
5/1/2018
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith traces the unfolding of America’s experiment with government “of, by, and for the people” and illustrates the fact that democracy involves civic engagement and participation. This exhibition and its 
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
February 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a document that President Roosevelt signed in 1942, two months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The order resulted in the imprisonment of 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in prison ca
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K-12
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Reference Materials
Date Posted:
3/23/2018
James Smithson might be surprised to learn about some of the objects in the collections at the institution he established. The Englishman bequeathed his fortune to found "at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge a
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
9/15/2017
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History presents a filmed version of its on-the-floor program, Meet the Wheelwoman. In this film, you’ll hear from a wheelwoman—a female bicycle rider from the 1890s—and learn about how women of that era used bicycles to change their l
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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