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Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/15/2010
The halberd was a versatile pole arm developed as an infantry weapon in the 13th century. It has an ax-like blade and a steel spike mounted on the end of a long shaft. By the time of the Seven Years War it was carried by sergeants as a symbol of rank and authority.
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/17/2010
The Henry rifle was the immediate forerunner of the famous Winchester rifles. About 14,000 Henrys were made between 1860 and 1866...
Grade Range:
K
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Worksheets
Date Posted:
12/15/2011
In this episode of the History Explorer podcast, curator Deborah Warner discusses the role of sugar and various sweeteners in American history. In addition to being a staple in the American diet, sugar's role in our nation's history touches on subjects of science and technology, labor and ca
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted:
3/27/2013
Introduce students to using oral histories as primary sources with these interviews with jazz musicians recorded by the Smithsonian Jazz Oral History Program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The resource includes a guide for teachers and links to oral histories, and
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
9/23/2008
Teachers and students will find this official Inauguration Day website from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies very helpful when looking for information regarding Inauguration Day.  The site contains a great deal of information about the 2013 Inauguration Day ceremonie
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/22/2010
Recruiting poster printed with "Volunteers for Mexico."  Broadsides (single sheets of paper usually printed on one side) served as public announcements or advertisements soon after the beginning of printing.
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
9/3/2008
The Soviet launch of the Sputnik satellite in late 1957 sparked interest in the United States in science education even among elementary school children. In 1958, King Seeley Thermos produced this imaginative box evoking space travel and landings on distant moons and planets. Children provided a
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites
Date Posted:
10/7/2008
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery tells the story of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Their official online website features links to current, past, upcoming and online exhibitions, a collections search and educational resources including an The Great Histor
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
7/7/2008
Students can learn about the 1921 U.S. Lighthouse Service tender Oak. This reference page is included in the online exhibition entitled America on the Move, which focuses on transportation in US history.
Grade Range:
4-12
Resource Type(s):
Reference Materials
Date Posted:
10/14/2008
America went to war to gain territory from Mexico and expand the nation's boundary from Texas to California.  Students will learn about the Mexican War by first examining its causes, Texas's struggle for independence and the controversial concept of Manifest Destiny in this section of&n
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