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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will learn about the oldest sound recordings preserved toda, found at the Museum. These experimental phonograms were made starting in 1881 by the Volta Laboratory Association, which consisted of telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell, scientific instrument maker Charl
Grade Range:
5-12
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:
5-12
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:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
7/10/2012
In this post, students will learn about early recording history and hear recordings recovered from 1880s records. The recovered recordings are the Volta Laboratory Associates’ early experiments at recording and even reproducing live sound. These recordings were made in Washington, D.C., by
Grade Range:
K
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Interactives & Media
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn how photographs shaped the public’s knowledge and experience of the Civil War, and how people shaped photographs to leave a legacy of how they personally experienced and understood the war. Written by Shannon Perich, Associate Curator for the Photogra
Grade Range:
5-12
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:
5-12
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
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn about George Westinghouse, Sr. during his Civil War service, before he became a pioneer of the electrical industry. A transcript of the letter is availalbe for download. Written by Hal Wallace, Associate Curator of Electricity Collections, this post is publi
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn how the Civil War impacted the development of the watch-making industry in the United States by studying one particular watch in the collection. Written by Carlene Stephens, Curator for the Division of Work and Industry, this post is published on the Mu
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/9/2012
In this post, students will learn about an inscription hidden inside President Abraham Lincoln's watch that was a secret until the Museum investigated further in 2009. The message was put there by watchmaker Jonathan Dillon, who was repairing Lincoln's watch when the first shots were fired on For
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