Japanese Gardens Project
Bowdoin College's Information Technology worked with Professor of Art History Emeritus Clif Olds to develop a website dedicated to the gardens of Japan, and more specifically to the historic gardens of Kyoto and its environs. The site is designed to provide the visitor with an opportunity to visit each garden, to move through or around it, to experience it through the medium of high-quality color images, and to learn something of its history.
Cuba's Favorite National Pastimes: Baseball and Politics
Was a young Fidel Castro scouted by a major leage baseball team? Find out as Allen Wells, Roger Howell, Jr. Professor of History, regales an audience of Bowdoin Trustees with an animated tale of baseball's intriguing, politically charged history in Cuba.
Mark Ravina, "Legends of the Last Samurai"
Mark Ravina, Associate Professor of Japanese History at Emory University, discussed "Legends of the Last Samurai" at Bowdoin College. Professor Ravina has written widely on Early Modern and Meiji era Japan.
Celebration of the arrival of African Americans in Massachusetts
Hope Kelly reports on a celebration at the Museum of Afro-American History marking the arrival of the first African Americans in Massachusetts. Kelly notes that the first African Americans arrived as immigrants, not as slaves. Kelly's report features footage of Henry Hampton (Chairman, Museum of Afro-American History) addressing the gathering. Kelly reviews the history of African Americans in Massachusetts. Kelly's report is accompanied by historical photos and drawings related to African Americ
Dismissing Some Myths about Chinese Americans
History of Chinese Americans in Massachusetts. Host Barbara Barrow speaks with May Ling Tong, Director of the Chinese American Civic Association in Boston, about the history of Chinese people in Boston and the 'myths' held by non-Chinese Americans about the mental health and social service needs of the Chinese community. Additional segments include the 'Say Brother News' with Eric Sampedro and Leah Fletcher, the 'Third World Connection' (about the genealogical connection between the Africans and
Nation of Islam: A Portrait
History of Black Capitalism in the United States. Program explores the beliefs and ideals of African American Muslims who are members of the Nation of Islam, through three principal segments: footage from the 1975 Savior's Day Celebration in Chicago (including excerpts from a speeches and interviews given by Supreme Minister Wallace D. Muhammad and National Secretary Abass Rasoul), a 'Conversation' between Vickie Jones and a female member of the Nation of Islam about restrictions placed upon wom
Patriots Day in Roxbury
Hope Kelly reports on the annual re-enactment on Patriot's Day of the ride of American Revolutionary leader William Dawes. Kelly notes that Dawes's ride is overshadowed by that of Paul Revere (American revolutionary leader). She reports that Dawes began his ride to Lexington in 1775 from the site of the First Church of Roxbury. Kelly notes that Tom Plant (Roxbury historian) organizes the annual re-enactment at the First Church of Roxbury. Kelly's report features footage of Plant and others in co
Art and Violence
Three Berkeley professors place Botero's "Abu Ghraib" exhibit in historical and artistic context. T.J. Clark is the George C. and Helen N. Pardee Chair, and a Professor of Art History at UC Berkeley. Thomas W. Laqueur is the Helen Fawcett Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Francine Masiello is the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and a member of the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley.
The Valley of the Shadow
The Valley of the Shadow is a digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin. The Valley of the Shadow is different than many other history websites. It is more like a library than a single book. There is no "o
Evergreen State: Exploring the History of Washington's Forests
This curriculum packet consists of information and primary documents related to the history of Washington's forests. These materials are intended to provide students with an opportunity to investigate attitudes toward and uses of this natural resource. Middle school students may find some of the documents to be challenging reading, but most of the documents could profitably be used in a middle school, high school, or university course about the history of the Pacific Northwest.
Building Nature: Topics in the Environmental History of Seattle and Spokane
This project shows how certain documents—business records, booster brochures, newspaper articles, city plans, engineering surveys and political campaign literature, to name a few—testify to the environmental history of urban places. The documents in this packet focus on trade, city boosters, urban design and planning.
Northwest Homesteader: A Curriculum Project for Washington Schools
This packet provides materials that relate to the history of homesteading in Washington state. In many respects homesteading was a national story, born of an era when the United States was both agrarian and expansionist. The major themes of this packet invite teachers and students to think about how regional, state, and local history fit within the broader American context.
Circus in America: 1793-1940
This archive traces the history of the American circus since 1793, when British equestrian John Rickets presented the first circus in America. Learn about the acts, animals, people, music, and marketing of circuses -- and the impact of the circus on popular culture in America. Get an in depth look at six major circuses, including P.T. Barnum and the Ringling Brothers. A timeline and video clips are provided. The site contains artifacts from private collections, museums, archives, brought togethe
The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work—researching, writing, and publishing—of an historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or "episodes" that paint a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history, available in our online database to scholars, teachers, and the general public. The History Engine project aims to enhance historical education and research for t
Geologic Time: The Story of a Changing Earth
This site examines the history of Earth. Learn about the formation of Earth, dating the age of rocks, geologic time, plate tectonics, climate change, ocean circulation, evolution, extinction, ecology, and topics related to paleobiology.
Reviled and Revered: Toads, Turtles, Snakes, Salamanders, and Other Creepers and Crawlers
This site examines misconceptions about herps (the collective name given to reptiles and amphibians), how herps have been viewed throughout history, and how reptiles and amphibians are similar to and different from one another.
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
This manual provides you with a variety of creative and engaging strategies to help students think about how wars have been defining moments in both the history of the nation and the lives of individual Americans.
Drive through Time -- Game
Travel through time and decide how to get from here to there, while assembling your own photo album. See how much you know about the history of transportation with the interactive games in this online collection. You can find information, artifacts and photographs in the collection as well.
NASA CONNECT Data Analysis and Measurement: Dancing in the Night Sky
In NASA CONNECT Dancing in the Night Sky, students will learn about the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. They will learn the many legends and myths that have revolved around the aurora throughout the history of mankind. Students will also discover how NASA scientists and engineers use satellite technology to measure and analyze aurora data. They will see how Norwegian scientists apply the concepts of data analysis and measurement to study the Northern Lights by using ground-based instruments
NASA CONNECT Measurement, Ratios, and Graphing: 3,2,1. . . Crash!
In NASA CONNECT 3,2,1 . . . Crash! NASA engineers make predictions and draw conclusions about aircraft safety by crashing planes, skidding tires, and blasting water. Learn about the history of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and discover how NASA Langley Research Center improves aircraft performance and safety. Grades 5-8.