NOAA Photo Library: America's Coastlines
America has 95,000 miles of coastline. In this collection of images from NOAA, the user can view images of America's coasts and adjacent coastal regions. Images include early Nineteenth Century sketches and drawings and modern photographs of waves, rocky shores, sandy beaches, marshes, mangroves, seaside villages, and port cities.
Suffer the Little Children - Reflecting on Child Labor in Guatemala
In this lesson, students learn about and respond to the plight of child workers in Guatemala in the face of increased free trade through the Central American Free Trade Agreement.
Ticket to Ride - Designing a Passport for 21st Century America
In this lesson, students consider ideas, images and words that might capture the American identity, then design an American passport for the 21st century that reflects their own vision of and for America.
Natural Inquirer Journals: Rocky Mountains
In the Rocky Mountain Edition of the Natural Inquirer you will learn about fungi, Lodgepole Pine adaptations, mountain streams, Quaking Aspen, the American Marten, skiing, snowboarding, and much more!
Alcatraz is home to one of the world's most infamous prisons. From the 1930s to 1960s, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security prison, housing inmates such as Al Capone and George Machine Gun Kelly. Before the prison was created, the island was home to American Indians. Today, it is one of San Francisco's ...
Invention Factory: Thomas Edison
is a curriculum-oriented guide to the work and laboratories of the great American inventor. The site contains photographs, maps, and readings about the laboratories and the process of turning research into commercial products.
Frederica: An 18th-Century Planned Community
recounts British efforts to establish Georgia as a utopia in the American wilderness (1730s) and to fortify the colony against Spanish encroachment, in part through the creation of a fort and military town on St. Simons Island, Georgia.
Herbert Hoover: Iowa Farm Boy and World Humanitarian
is a curriculum-oriented site using the birthplace of the American president to introduce readings and suggested theme topics for student papers. The site shows photos and drawings of the home in West Branch, Iowa, where Hoover was born.
San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas
Explores a group of 18th-century missions in modern San Antonio to learn about the Spanish influence on native peoples and the patterns of Texas culture. Students can learn about the psychological and cultural factors that led the Coahuiltecan Indians to accept mission life and how irrigation systems, ...
Three Historic Nevada Cities: Carson City, Reno, Virginia City
tells the stories of three cities established after the Comstock Lode discovery in 1859 brought a reverse migration from California. The stories, told by this travel itinerary of 57 places, feature the mining and agricultural city now known for gaming, the remarkable collection of 19th-century buildings ...
Saratoga: The Tide Turns on the Frontier
This site describes the two Battles of Saratoga. The two battles and surrender of the British in October of 1777 are often called the turning point of the American Revolution because they showed France that the ragtag Continental Army could win against Britain's well trained, disciplined troops. Within ...
Shaker Historic Trail
presents 15 places that together reveal the legacy of one of the most compelling religious and social movements in American life. Three essays trace the growth of the United Society of Believers, or Shakers, from its founding by a group of dissenting Quakers in 1747 to its membership of 6,000 people ...
Waterford, Virginia: From Mill Town to National Historic Landmark
This lesson focuses on changing life in a Quaker agricultural community and mill town. It can be used in American history, social studies, and geography courses in a unit on early industrialization or to illustrate how communities adapt to economic change. This lesson is one in a series that brings ...
Central Vermont: Explore History in the Heart of the Green Mountains
explores Central Vermont's history using 43 historic places that recall past eras when numerous small villages grew slowly until the coming of the railroad, which resulted in a period of rapid growth for Vermont in the last half of the 19th century.
Knife River: Early Village Life on the Plains
describes village life in the Hidatsa and Mandan tribes during the peak of their culture in the early 19th century (North Dakota). It helps students compare information about these seasonally nomadic Plains villagers with the more popularized film and textbook history of nomadic horse-culture Indians such as the Lakota and Cheyenne.
Mojave National Preserve Kid's Web Page
Three of the four major North American deserts are found at Mojave National Preserve: the Mojave, Great Basin and Sonoran. Dozens of seeps and springs coupled with varied elevations and soil types create microhabitats that support a diversity of plant and animal life. Cactus gardens, relict plant communities of white fir and chaparral and the densest, largest Joshua tree forest are all found here.
The Drawings of Annibale Carracci
This presents the first exhibition devoted solely to the powerful and evocative drawings of Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). From his early experiments with naturalism to his late, almost abstract, style, Annibale revolutionized our way of looking at the world around us and at the art of the past.
Frederic Remington: The Color of Night
Frederic Remington (1861–1909) has long been celebrated as one of the most gifted interpreters of the American West. Initially, his western images appeared as illustrations in popular journals. As he matured, however, Remington turned his attention away from illustration, concentrating instead on painting and sculpture. About 1900 he began a series of paintings that took as their subject the color of night. Before his premature death in 1909 at age forty-eight, Remington completed more than se
Johaness Vermeer's Woman Holding a Balance
This site examines Vermeer's use of light, proportion, symbolism, and other techniques in this 17th century masterpiece. How the museum restored the painting is also explained.
The French Painting Collection
This site presents French paintings from the 19th century. The site includes paintings from the academic style that dominated the first half of the century as well as paintings from the latter half of the century by artists who came to be known as impressionists -- Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, and Mary Cassatt.