Object of History
The Object of History is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media. The project was conceived of in an effort to find a low cost way for students and teacher of U.S. History to have access to the museum’s collections and the expertise of the curators. As a result the materials on the site are designed to improve students’ content knowledge of standard topics in U.S. History and to imp
Greek American Experiences Between Two Cultures
Greek American Experiences Between Two Cultures is an online oral history project that provides an opportunity for Greek Americans to record and access stories, anecdotes and personal histories via the world wide web. Through the modern technology of the internet, it is possible for site visitors to both post stories about their families' experiences as Greek Americans and to read about the experiences of others. Thus, the site serves as a unique and freely accessible archive of oral histories f
This site invites you to explore the process of piecing together the lives of ordinary people in the past. It is an experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife’s Tale, both based upon the remarkable diary of 18th-century midwife/healer Martha Ballard. Although DoHistory is centered on the life of Martha Ballard, you can learn basic skills and techniques for interpreting fragments that survive from any period in history.
On the Road Again
The movement of people and goods is an important part of the New York State Global History and Geography Curriculum. It is listed as one of the themes that are emphasized in the core curriculum. Students are expected to understand why people migrate and what the impact of migrations has been on people, nations, and regions. Recently, the PBS WIDE ANGLE documentary series created two programs that relate to the movement of people. 'Border Jumpers' (2005) documents migration between countries in A
I'm Watching You 24/7
The post-Renaissance world saw the nation-state mature and confront the issue of how to control the lives of its citizens. Two models of political organization, democratic and authoritarian, gradually developed. During the twentieth century, as some nations granted individuals and groups more and more rights, ideology and modern technology enabled authoritarian governments to gain ever more control, until community interest dominated the individual and totalitarianism was born. Although Nazi Ger
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
The collapse of the Soviet State in 1991 was followed by Chechen President Dzhokhar Dudayev's declaration of the Chechen Republic's independence from Moscow. Concerned over the loss of its territorial integrity, Russian troops invaded the breakaway republic and a civil war ensued. In l996, Chechen rebels regained control of the capital, Grozny, from Russian forces, almost destroying the city in the process. Fighting in Chechnya continues to this day, although on a relatively smaller scale. The W
International Studies 164: Iraq Reconstruction
International Studies 164: Iraq Reconstruction cross listed as Political Science 159: Iraq Reconstruction Iraq is an in-conflict country. Its people live under foreign occupation and experience daily confrontations and hostilities. The country is politically unstable, nationally fragmented, and deeply divided along sectarian lines. The involvement of Iraq in several wars since 1979, thirteen years of international sanctions, and its occupation by the U.S. and its allies since April 2003 have le
International Studies 12: Global Issues & Institutions
Intenational Studies 12: Global Issues & Institutions cross listed as Political Science 44A: Global Issues and Institutions. Global Issues and Institutions is an introductory survey course designed to introduce the students to numerous current issues confronting policy-makers, pundits, and concerned global citizens as well as to the international institutions that regularly cope with those same issues. Among the issues discussed are the following: nuclear politics, energy crisis, war, internati
Civic History as Plaything
Gustavo Arellano is a staff writer with OC Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Orange County, California, and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times Op/Ed pages. He is a familiar presence in Southern California radio as a frequent guest on liberal and conservative talk shows, where he discusses local and national issues. His most recent book is "Orange County: A Personal History." In a lecture delivered on October 15, 2009 for the UCI Humanities Collective, he discusses Orange County C
Technology and Society
Students of engineering and surveying need to understand and be convinced that through their future professional work they will relate to the rest of society. Throughout their careers they will need to strive to ensure that this relationship is meaningful and successful. Only then will they earn respect for themselves and their profession, and ensure their work will be valued and recognised. For engineers and surveyors to meet their responsibilities towards society they must be able to appreciat
Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site's Learning Page
examines the people and construction of Bent's Fort, and the Santa Fe Trail. Built originally in 1833, this adobe fort became a center of trade with Indians and trappers. For much of its 16-year history, it was the only major permanent white settlement on the Santa Fe Trail. It provided explorers, adventurers, and the U.S. Army a place to get supplies, wagon repairs, livestock, good food, water, company, rest and protection in this vast Great American Desert.
Baltimore: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary
provides an online tour of residential, commercial, industrial, and religious locations spanning more than 2 centuries of history. Through maps, descriptions, and photographs of places both famous and little-known, the guide shows why residents and visitors have become so fond of Baltimore.
At a Crossroads: The King of Prussia Inn
recounts the history of this inn, built originally as a farmhouse in 1719 at an intersection of two roads northwest of Philadelphia, not far from Valley Forge. The inn provided hospitality to travelers when the colony was just a scattering of farms. In part because of its location, it became a prosperous tavern, inn, and social center for the evolving community of the same name.
Le Moyen Âge en France
Students will explore the history of France during the Middle Ages (about 476 to 1453 A.D.). As they learn about major events during the Middle Ages, they will investigate the topics of governance and leadership, challenges (war, famine, disease) and cultural and artistic creations. They will learn about the impact of events, people and works of literature and art on medieval society, and they will address the question of why medieval heroes and artistic creations are still considered important
Discover: Presidential Log Cabins
A set of materials designed to help 6th to 8th grade students learn about the significance of three log cabin sites occupied by four of our nation's greatest leaders. Through these materials, students discover the rich history associated with these log structures.
Historic Charleston's Religious and Community Buildings
explores Charleston's heritage by examining 42 historic places. More than 300 years of history are covered, including the Walled City of the British colony, the growth of the shipping industry and surrounding plantations, the city's role in the events leading up to the Civil War, the resurgence of the community during the late 19th century, and the establishment of one of the most complete and intact historic districts in the country.
A Few Good Stories: Jaime Guerrero
SPARK drops in on Jaime Guerrero at the Bay Area Glass Institute as he creates an elaborate snake sculpture and introduces his "Homies" series. This Educator Guide is about glass blowing, the dynamic work of Jaime Guerrero, Mayan and Aztec iconography, and the history of glass work in art and architecture.
Art in Public Places: Jo Kreiter
SPARK follows choreographer/dancer Jo Kreiter and the Flyaway Productions company members as they mix art and politics in a site-specific work about the history of protest on San Francisco's Market Street. This Educator Guide addresses the history of public performance art.
Art Goes Back to School: Young Audiences of Northern California
For more than 40 years, Young Audiences of Northern California has been providing quality arts education programs to K-12 schools and communities - over 250,000 each year. This Educator Guide explores the history of arts education in California and the Bay Area and provides a wide array of local resources.
Art Frees the Soul: Sixth Street Photography Workshop
SPARK follows photographers from the Sixth Street Photography Workshop as they take pictures of their lives and ideas in some of San Francisco's most depressed neighborhoods. This Educator Guide is about the history of photography.