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Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/1/2008
The family fallout shelter represents the public policy assumptions of the atomic age, namely, that with enough preparation, the American family and with it the nation's social and political fabric would survive a nuclear attack. This free-standing, double-hulled steel shelter was installed benea
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media
Date Posted:
2/5/2014
A short video, this one is great as a lesson opener! "Freemason's Snuff Box" is the second episode in the NMAH webseries "Founding Fragments." Join host Tory Altman for a behind-the-scenes look at some of our most intriguing and little-known objects.  Hear personal interviews with curators a
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
8/23/2010
On February 1, 1960, four African American college students--Ezell A. Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), Franklin E. McCain, Joseph A. McNeil, and David L. Richmond--sat down at this "whites only" lunch counter at the Woolworth's store in Greensboro, North Carolina, and politely asked for service.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
11/17/2008
These skates were worn by Phil Verchota (number 27), a member of the underdog 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that astounded the world by capturing the Gold Medal at Lake Placid, New York. While it was the win against the Finns that cinched the Gold, the defeat of the Soviet team in the semifinals
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/9/2009
This early respirator for producing artificial respiration over long periods of time was designed and constructed by the donor, John Haven Emerson. Completed in July 1931, it was first used in the summer of that year at the Providence City Hospital, Providence, R.I...
Grade Range:
K-4
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
5/21/2009
For hundreds of years, seacoasts, rivers, lakes, and canals have had a big impact on the ways America has changed as a country.  By using this OurStory module from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, children and adults can enjoy exploring lighthouses and the maritime hist
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
8/7/2009
This website, produced by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Chicago History Museum, is part of the bicentennial celebration of the birth of Abraham Lincoln.  The site features 2 exhibitions about Lincoln and searchable database of objects.  A Museums and the Web
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/17/2010
Captain George B. McClellan toured Europe with a military commission looking at new military tactics. He returned and developed a new modified cavalry saddle. In 1859, the U.S. War Department adopted the McClellan saddle. They remained the standard issue throughout the history of the horse cavalr
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
Sstudents can learn about sheet music based on transportation themes from the collections of the Museum's Archives Center. This reference page is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.
Grade Range:
3-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
5/21/2009
Students will understand the importance of maritime activity throughout the United States' history. Objects from the Museum's collections, audio and video clips, oral histories and narrative accounts provide a unique look into the maritime history of the United States. An interactive collections
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