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Objects of History

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Social Studies +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), Primary (5 to 8 years old)
The dictionary defines an object as, "a thing you can see and touch: something that makes you feel a specific emotion." This is a collection of objects that represent moments throughout history. What event is behind each object? Who does the object belong to? Why is the object significant?

Suggested Activity: Teachers can copy and edit this collection, then add or remove specific resources. Build out this collection to ensure that it has enough resources so your students can work in pairs or small groups to analyze 2-3 sources.
Have student pairs/groups place each resource in its proper time and place then have the entire class work together to place all resources on a timeline. As each student pairs/groups place their resources on to the timeline, have them explain what they learned about each resource to the whole class.

Abraham Lincoln's Top Hat

National Museum of American History

George Washington's Uniform

National Museum of American History

The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

No Stamp Act Teapot

National Museum of American History

Braddock's Retreat, July 9th, 1755, (painting)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Star-Spangled Banner

Smithsonian Archives - History Div

Reproduction of Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin Model

National Museum of American History

Susan B. Anthony’s Gavel, 1888

National Museum of American History

1913 Ford Model T Touring Car

National Museum of American History

Enola Gay Circle R Insignia

National Air and Space Museum

Sharps Rifle

National Museum of American History

Lewis and Clark Expedition Pocket Compass

National Museum of American History

Gold Nugget

National Museum of American History

Salk Polio Vaccine, Mahoney Strain

National Museum of American History

Allosaurus fragilis Marsh

NMNH - Paleobiology Dept.

Alexander Graham Bell's Large Box Telephone

National Museum of American History

NBC "Fireside Chat" Microphone

National Museum of American History

Shell "Mask" Gorget

NMNH - Anthropology Dept.

Cesar Chavez's Union Jacket

National Museum of American History

Trumpet owned by Louis Armstrong

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Satellite, Vanguard TV 3

National Air and Space Museum

Ulysses S. Grant's chair from Appomattox

National Museum of American History

Lunch counter stool from Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1900 Wright Glider (reproduction)

National Air and Space Museum

America’s Greatest Comics No. 1

National Museum of American History

Four-Lens Tintype Camera

National Museum of American History

Edison "New Year's Eve" Lamp

National Museum of American History

Telegraph Key

National Museum of American History

Singer Sewing Machine

National Museum of American History

Emancipation Proclamation Inkstand

National Museum of American History

Hansen Writing Ball (Commercial)

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Colt Holster Model Paterson Revolver (No. 5)

National Museum of American History

Bell UH-1H Iroquois "Huey" Smokey III

National Air and Space Museum

Levi's Brown Duck Trousers

National Museum of American History

John Deere Plow

National Museum of American History

Conestoga Wagon

National Museum of American History

Teddy Bear

National Museum of American History

Transistor, Replica of World's First

National Air and Space Museum

Model, Rocket, Saturn V, 1:34

National Air and Space Museum

Apple "Classic" Macintosh Personal Computer

National Museum of American History

Lightning Rod

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Mary Lincoln's Dress

National Museum of American History

Baseball, signed by the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

National Museum of American History

"Safe Energy" Button

National Museum of American History

Pewter Continental Dollar, 1776 (proposed)

National Museum of American History

Prince's Yellow Cloud Electric Guitar

National Museum of American History