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Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
2/2/2012
Thomas Edison used this carbon-filament bulb in the first public demonstration of his most famous invention, the first practical electric incandescent lamp, which took place at his Menlo Park, New Jersey, laboratory on New Year's Eve, 1879. As the quintessential American inventor-hero,
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
9/16/2011
A great comedienne and trailblazer for women entertainers, Phyllis Diller's story offers a window into the world of entertainment. Explore her story through photographs, costumes, and her massive filing cabinet (or "gag file") of jokes. This exhibition provides a great starting point for discussi
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
3/3/2011
Khaki-colored tropical worsted material with a rolled collar with lapels, epaulets on the shoulders, two false horizontal breast pockets with small gold-colored metallic buttons, and two side pockets over the hips. The jacket is closed by four gold-colored metallic buttons. Staff sergeant chevron
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
11/5/2010
Listen to oral history recordings and examine related primary source materials to learn the stories of the men and women who built and sailed on Liberty Ships to support the allied war effort during World War II. The Web site encourages students to take on the role of historian by presenting them
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
4/7/2010
Researchers from across the Smithsonian met online with teachers and students around the world for the Smithsonian Online Education Conference: Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts in April 2010. Each presenter demonstrated how s/he addresses big questions in his/her field of experti
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/30/2009
This blue wool coat is part of a suit of regimentals made for George Washington in 1789. It has a buff wool rise-and-fall collar, buff cuffs and lapels, and buff lining; there is a row of yellow metal buttons on each lapel, as well as on each cuff. The waistcoat and breeches are matching buff woo
Grade Range:
2-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
11/30/2009
The drawings included in this online exhibition are first-person records of military conflicts, cultural life, and "Americanization." The website shares an American Indian perspective on westward expansion through primary sources. In the late 19th century, life was changing rapidly for the N
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Duration:
20 minutes
Date Posted:
11/4/2009
Scientists have had to record their observations in different ways throughout time. Use Google Sky to explore the sky, then share your observations through sketches and figurative language.  Included in an OurStory module from Smithsonian's National Museum of American History entitled Ex
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
11/1/2009
In this online resource, students will learn how the need for louder guitars led to the invention and proliferation of the electric guitar and how the emergence and popularity of rock and roll led to the guitar's commercial success and more innovative designs. Students can view the coll
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/31/2009
Students will learn about American industrial creativity by looking at industrial drawings, considering their aesthetic value as well as their importance to the design process. Engineers, inventors, and designers produce drawings as part of their creative process. They draw to work
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