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8-12
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Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
8/30/2013
In this post, a Museum staff member answers a question posed by Museum visitors: Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?” A commemoration with a long history, this blog explores the roots and intentions of this spring holiday.  Written by Project Assistant Ryan Lintelman,
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
8/30/2013
In this post, readers explore an extraordinary figure in a new way.  A 1950 comic book about Jackie Robinson’s early career reveals little of the hardships he faced, but focuses on the talent and integrity of on the baseball’s greats. Written by Archivist Cathy Keen, th
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
8/30/2013
In this post, readers will discover some of the early history of bullet-proof vests and how Americans during the Civil War tried to protect themselves and their loved ones with this relatively new invention.  Written by Civil War scholar Sarah Weicksel, this post i
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8-12
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Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
9/5/2013
In this post, readers will explore the writings of an assistant surgeon in the 150th Pennsylvania infantry during the Civil War, M.A. Henderson.  Although Henderson did not see much action and describes little of his medical duties, his diary is a resource for understanding the Ci
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8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
9/4/2013
In this post, readers will find hope even in the darkest of circumstances.  The story of Paul and May Ishimoto finding love in an Arkansas internment camp is one of perseverance, sacrifice, and artifacts.  Written by Cedric Yeh, Deputy Chair and Associate Curator for the Division of Arm
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8-12
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Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
8/20/2013
In this post, readers will learn about an historical moment from a personal point of view.  William Steinway recounts the terrors of the 1863 New York City Draft riots and why he feared for his family during those dangerous days.  Written by Curator Emerita Cynthia Adams Hoover and volu
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8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
9/3/2013
In this post, readers will draw connections between the food on our tables and the people and organizations that helped put it there.  More than a warm meal, the foods Americans consume have been a source of political tension and national change throughout the 20th century. 
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8-12
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Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
9/3/2013
In this post, readers will learn how fashion interacted with and reflected the Woman’s Suffrage movement of the early 1900s.  At the turn of the century, the tide of political change went hand-in-hand with the liberation of women’s bodies from corsets and close-fitting outfits.  An
Grade Range:
8-12
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Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
9/6/2013
In this post, readers will see what a Civil War-era lithograph reveals about life in a prisoner of war camp early in the Civil War.  The significance of the piece, however, lies both in that insight and in the contrast between living conditions in the camp in 1862 and in the later war years.
Grade Range:
8-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Duration:
5 minutes
Date Posted:
9/5/2013
In this post, readers will investigate a few examples of drawings made by Plains Indians who, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, were held in captivity by the U.S. Army at places like Fort Marion in Florida.  Curator Rayna Green describes how these images depict
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