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HistoryWired: A few of our favorite things offers a virtual tour of selected objects not on display in the National Museum of American History. Artifacts are presented in a dozen categories, including the arts, commerce, home...  (Smithsonian Institution)
World Factbook provides in-depth country profiles with information on geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues. It includes maps of...  (Central Intelligence Agency)
Napoleon is a PBS film that chronicles the life of the infamous French leader. The resources offered here are designed to help you use the PBS "Napoleon" video series and companion website in...  (PBS, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Teaching with Historic Places uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Teaching With Documents: Lesson Plans organizes primary documents into key periods of U.S. history: the Revolution, expansion and reform, the Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, the emergence of modern...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
EDSITEment offers subject-based access to top humanities sites, EDSITEment lesson plans, and at-home activities. Subject areas include literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and...  (National Endowment for the Humanities)
History Matters is a gateway to web resources and threaded discussions for high school and college teachers of U.S. history survey courses. It presents first-person narratives about the experiences of...  (George Mason University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
American Treasures of the Library of Congress is an unprecedented permanent exhibition of the rarest, most interesting or significant items relating to America's past, drawn from every corner of the world's largest library. It...  (Library of Congress)
Country Studies/Area Handbooks presents a description and analysis of the historical setting and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of countries throughout the world. It...  (Library of Congress)
American Memory presents the photographs, manuscripts, rare books, maps, recorded sound, and moving pictures that are part of the historical Americana holdings at the Library of Congress. The learning...  (Library of Congress)
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a collection of hundreds of articles on philosophy, many of which are available at the site, that are continually updated by the authors. The articles contain bibliographies, links...  (Stanford University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Dare to Compare invites you to test your knowledge against students nationally and around the world. Pick a grade and subject: civics, economics, geography, history, math, or science...  (Department of Education)
Our Documents: Tools for Educators is designed to help teachers use in the classroom 100 of the most important documents in our nation's history. The 100 milestone documents appear on a timeline, along with...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Helping Your Child Learn History offers activities parents can use to help young children (preschool through Grade 5) learn about history. It includes suggestions about how parents can work with teachers and schools...  (Department of Education)
The E Pluribus Unum Project examines Americans' attempt to make "one from many" in three pivotal decades: the 1770s, 1850s, and 1920s. Each decade is framed by an introductory essay with links to key topics and...  (Assumption College, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms offers lesson plans built around historically important maps on 18 topics: Columbus's world (1482), an Indian map of the Southeast (1721), Captain Cook and Hawaii (1778), "Nouvelle...  (Newberry Library, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
U.S. Census Bureau provides statistical information about the U.S. population -- ancestry, occupation, income, housing, educational attainment, languages spoken, health insurance, marital status, veteran...  (U.S. Census Bureau)
Portals to the World is a starting point for studying other countries and parts of the world. Learn about the culture, economy, geography, government, history, languages, politics, religions, and other...  (Library of Congress)
National Register Travel Itineraries can help families explore historic places in the U.S. Each itinerary describes historic places and their importance, and provides maps, photos, and tourist information. Find...  (National Park Service)
Search for Ancestors looks at the history of the double helix, the science behind DNA test kits for people who want to learn more about their ancestry, an interactive map of human migration over 200,000...  (Online NewsHour, supported by National Science Foundation)
Digging for Answers offers interactive quizzes that draw interesting historical facts from the Smithsonian's collections. Topics include dogs, horses, insects, stars, famous women, clothes, food, brain...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Games: Central Intelligence Agency challenges students to look at an aerial view of a city and determine what is happening, break the code of encrypted messages, and examine two photos to quickly identify subtle...  (Central Intelligence Agency)
Naturalization Self Test tests your knowledge of U.S. history and the structure of our government...  (Citizenship and Naturalization Services, supported by Department of Homeland Security) provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (, supported by Department of Education)
Outline of U.S. History presents 15 chapters on U.S. history: early America, the colonial period, independence, formation of a national government, westward expansion and regional differences, sectional...  (Department of State)
Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen describes what "strong character" means and how parents can help children develop it. The booklet includes 18 activities, chapters on "dealing with media pressures" and working with...  (Department of Education)
Historians on America looks at 11 developments that altered the course of U.S. history: the trial of John Peter Zenger and the birth of freedom of the press, the Constitutional Convention (1787), George...  (Department of State)
Florida Shipwrecks: 300 Years of Maritime History is a travel itinerary featuring 13 historic shipwrecks in waters near Florida, a convergence point for maritime trade routes. Learn about the historical significance of these 13...  (National Park Service)
Smithsonian: History and Culture examines the history of transportation in America, early history of mail service, the Civil War, West Point, profiles of U.S. presidents, Lakota "winter counts," Lewis and Clark as...  (Smithsonian Institution)
Eyewitness Accounts features more than a dozen moments in history -- Washington's worry that Britain was spreading smallpox among American troops (1775), Jefferson's observations of the French revolution...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
School: The Story of American Public Education is the companion website for a documentary that chronicles the development of public education in America from the late 1770s to the 21st century. It provides photos, stories of...  (KCET, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Cultural Resource Management is an online magazine of the National Park Service. The site contains every issue, available in pdf format, from its beginnings as a quarterly 1978 to monthly plus supplements today...  (National Park Service)
Genealogy describes the research facilities at the National Archives and offers online resources such as genealogical data and research guides, microform catalogs and finding aids, information...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Encyclopedia Smithsonian is an index of 140 topics for which the Smithsonian Institution offers online resources: American history, art, automobiles, butterflies, canines, cats, clocks, computers, dinosaurs...  (Smithsonian Institution)
All History Is Local: Students as Archivists tells how students at the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences analyzed archival materials, developed digital collections, and made their projects available online in the...  (Library of Congress)
Looking at Ourselves and Others introduces students to the concepts of perspective, culture, and cross-cultural relations. The guide is designed to help students recognize and appreciate differences in perception...  (Peace Corps)
An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera comprises 28,000 primary source items dating from the seventeenth century to the present and encompasses key events and eras in American history. Items include a variety of posters...  (Library of Congress)
The Digital Classroom encourages teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents and to teach with primary source materials from the National Archives. The site offers discussions on how...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
NY High School Regents Exam Prep Center helps high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in mathematics, science, and social studies. The site, developed by a team of Oswego County (NY) teachers...  (NY Regents Exam Prep Center, supported by Department of Education)
The American Heritage Project is a "virtual archive" prototype being developed by four universities so that researchers and the public can retrieve collections of primary source material...  (Multiple universities, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
America's Library unlocks stories from America's past. Discover what Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets on the night he was assassinated, or jump back into the past to find more about the settlers who...  (Library of Congress)
Smithsonian Kids: Collecting invites kids to start a collection of rocks, shells, postcards, posters, or something else that interests them. Three Smithsonian collections are sampled. "Rocks and Minerals"...  (Smithsonian Institution)
The Freedom Timeline offers stories on topics such as diplomacy and liberty. The timeline spans 1777 to 1948 and includes stories about a Quaker woman who, in 1777, learned of a sneak attack at Valley...  (The White House)
Today in History features a different person or event in history each day. Past features include Frederick Douglass, Woodrow Wilson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks...  (Library of Congress)
Using Primary Sources in the Classroom offers suggestions for using photos, documents, and other artifacts to help make history come to life for students. Suggestions include the use of inventions, uniforms, fashion...  (Library of Congress)
Ask a Librarian provides basic research assistance related to business and economics; the humanities and social sciences; genealogy, U.S. local history, and heraldry; newspapers, current periodicals...  (Library of Congress)
Chronicling America lets us search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published since 1690...  (Library of Congress)
4Teachers helps teachers integrate technology into instruction. It features various tools for teachers: one for creating quizzes that students can take online, another for organizing and...  (High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium, supported by Department of Education)
America Dreams investigates what the American Dream has meant over the years to poets, politicians, comedians, musicians, photographers, lawyers, reporters, and others. Students may contribute to the...  (Library of Congress)
History Firsthand: Primary Source Research in Elementary School is designed to help elementary students understand primary sources. Students learn how archival collections are organized, how to interpret artifacts and documents, how to use primary...  (Library of Congress)
Stand Up And Sing: Music And Our Reform History is a lesson in which students (Grades 7-12) analyze lyrics and images of popular sheet music as part of their studies of the political, social, and economic conditions existing during...  (Library of Congress)
Your Place in Time highlights five generations of the 20th century and looks at everyday technologies that shaped each of those generations. Each exhibit is presented through a series of vignettes. The...  (Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
National History Day tells beginning researchers how to navigate the vast primary sources holdings at the National Archives. Five activity worksheets provide step-by-step instructions on how to...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
LearnNPS links educational programs to over fifty national parks, monuments, historic sites, and so forth, of the National Park Service. Information at the sites range from general visitor...  (National Park Service)
Building an Archives describes the adventure of acquiring, researching, and displaying important documents of the nation housed by the National Archives. The site also has a discussion of how students can...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Celebrating America's Freedom is a collection of stories about some of America's most beloved customs and national symbols. Learn about the Purple Heart, the Star-Spangled Banner, and how to display the flag. Find...  (Department of Veterans Affairs)
Children in Urban America shows how children experienced city life during the last century and a half. The site features hundreds of documents and images about children in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, drawn...  (Marquette University, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Thanksgiving in American Memory features photographs and discussions, poems, proclamations, and other material related to the holiday...  (Library of Congress)
Disability Studies for Teachers offers lesson plans and essays on "disability studies" -- the examination of disability as a social, cultural, and political phenomenon. Among the topics: a history of deaf...  (Department of Education)
Document Analysis Worksheets are designed for students to use when analyzing photos, maps, cartoons, posters, artifacts, sound recordings, motion pictures, and written documents (memos, news articles, ads...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Artifact Road Show outlines a staff development workshop and offers lessons designed to help students put historical events in context and see them as a part of a larger story. Use of primary resources...  (Library of Congress)
Big Picture: Jigsaw Puzzles provides online jigsaw puzzles from the Library of Congress's photo collection. Once the photo is assembled, the reader can search the Library's web site to identify it...  (Library of Congress)
A New Lease on Life explains how objects such as a letter written by Abe Lincoln and a dress worn by Lady Bird Johnson's are preserved to ensure safety while on exhibit in a museum. The site looks at...  (National Park Service)
Park Histories provides more than 100 articles on historic parks and places, including Big Bend, Bighorn Canyon, Cape Hatteras, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Death Valley, Denali, Ford's Theatre, Fort...  (National Park Service)
History in the Raw discusses the importance of primary documents and uses them to illustrate historical concepts such as the subjective nature of written history, the intimate view of historical people's...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Museums and Learning: A Guide for Family Visits provides basic information about museums and how they relate to learning, and suggests ways to make museum visits enjoyable learning experiences for families with children ranging in...  (Department of Education)

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