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.
The Gallery's American Collection Online
This site features American paintings from the late 1700s-1900s. Included are works by John Copley, Henry Tanner, John Sargent, James Whistler, Gilbert Stuart, and more. Much art of the American colonial period consisted of portraits, as settlers sought to establish their identities in a new world. After the new nation achieved its independence, landscapes and scenes of native flora, fauna, and folk customs began to express its unique qualities and illustrate its untapped resources.
Saint Gaudens' Memorial to Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment
This site focuses on the powerful memorial created to honor one of the first African-American units of the Civil War. Six sections of in-depth material explore the artist and his working methods, historical background on Shaw and the regiment, the memorial and its conservation, text from the exhibition, and teaching resources.
The Sioux Treaty of 1868
This lesson examines Native American sovereignty and the Constitutional power granted to the president and the Senate to make treaties with foreign nations. The site presents the Treaty and related documents, including a photograph of the Indian leader, Spotted Tail. Explanatory text, materials for teachers, and links to further resources accompany the documents.
Images of the American Revolution
This lesson focuses on the American Revolution, which encouraged the founding fathers' desire to create a government that would, as stated in the Preamble, insure domestic tranquility and provide for the common defense. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Social Sciences.
Letters, Telegrams, and Photographs Illustrating Factors That Affected the Civil War
This site allows students to analyze a variety of documents to identify events, actions, and individuals who contributed to the Civil War's outcome. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Social Sciences. It also has cross-curricular connections with your history, government, and American literature.
Jackie Robinson: Beyond the Playing Field
This lesson offers primary documents illustrating how this groundbreaking African American baseball player advocated for civil rights. It incorporates the material into lessons on civil rights history, character education, and civic responsibility.
1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii
This site recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians and American business interests in the late 1800s. This 1897 petition and a lobbying effort by native Hawaiians convinced the U.S. Congress not to annex the islands. But months later the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana and the Spanish-American War began. The U.S. needed a mid-Pacific fueling station and naval base. Primary source images, standards correlation, and teaching activities are included in this resource.
The Civil War as Photographed by Mathew Brady
This lesson asks students to visualize the Civil War by studying dozens of period photographs, and illustrates how the Civil War threatened the very purpose of the Constitution as stated in the Preamble. This lesson correlates to the National History Standards and the National Standards for Civics and Social Sciences. It also has cross-curricular connections with history, American studies, and language arts.
Launching the New U.S. Navy
This lesson tells how and why our Navy was created. After the Revolutionary War, Barbary pirates preyed on American vessels and held seamen for ransom. In 1794, Congress reestablished the Navy with authorization for six vessels.
FDR's Fireside Chat on the Purposes and Foundations of the Recovery Program
This site presents the text of one of Franklin Roosevelt's fireside chats with the American people. In this 07/24, 1933, radio broadcast, he addressed issues of the Great Depression and described what industry, employers, and workers could do to bring about economic recovery.