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The Space Race Influences Mid-Century Pop Culture

Take a look at the many ways in which participation in the 'Space Race' influenced pop culture in mid-century American households.
Stephanie Hearn

Artifacts from the Battlefield: WWI

This is a collection of artifacts from World War I, including photographs, uniforms, and some surprising contributors. Students will watch a video to observe how a curator connects an object (in this case a woman's AFFW uniform) to the person who used it, and then choose three objects from the collection to study before sharing findings with other classmates. Students should think about the guiding questions below as they investigate the objects in the collection.

Guiding questions:
How was World War I different from wars that came before?
What impact did technology have on the war?
What kinds of threats did soldiers face during World War I?
How did soldiers find comfort during World War I?
How might the experience of World War I have influenced the culture and politics of the years following it?
Kate Harris

BreakoutEDU Clue

Utilize the primary source items in this collection to help to figure out how to access your BreakoutEDU Box
Joseph Welch

Signs of the Times

This collection includes sixteen signs and posted notices from across the Smithsonian's collections. Use your history detective skills to figure out what you can about the sign--but don't look at the information tab! Can you determine the context for each sign, matching it to a place and decade in United States history? Consider who it might have been aimed at and for what purpose it was used. Be as specific as possible. The first resource models a historian's thinking and questioning process for students to mimic with other signs in the collection. Answers are listed on the last resource.

Tags: historical thinking, questions, review activity
Kate Harris

American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges

This collection features the Smithsonian website “American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges” which includes videos, personal accounts, and discussions of strategies for maintaining water resources. It also includes an archived webinar featuring Smithsonian experts and case studies of specific nations including the Campo Kumeyaay Nation, the Leech Lake Ojibwe, and the Lummi Nation, as well as the environmental challenges they face. A Smithsonian Magazine article provides further information about a real-world challenge that the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe are experiencing today.
Ashley Naranjo

Presidential Legacies through Inaugural Speeches and Related Objects

This collection includes resources to support students' understanding and analysis of inaugural speeches by United States' presidents. Since the days of George Washington, American presidents have begun their terms by taking the executive oath of office and delivering an inaugural address. To a historian, inaugural addresses of the past give an idea of what the leader hoped to accomplish. They also shed light on what were the most important issues of the time.
Ashley Naranjo

Women's Suffrage Postcards

This is a topical collection of women's suffrage postcards that could be used to supplement lessons on the women's rights movement and/or gender equality. They are also excellent practice in artifact analysis.

Some questions to consider:
-What do these postcards tell us about the arguments for and against women's suffrage?
-Why are so many of the postcards focused on geography?
-Who do you think each postcard is meant to appeal to?
Kate Harris

Little Rock Nine: the integration of Central High School

In a key event of the American Civil Rights Movement, nine black students enrolled at formerly all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in September 1957, testing a landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional. The court had mandated that all public schools in the country be integrated “with all deliberate speed” in its decision related to the groundbreaking case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. On September 4, 1957, the first day of classes at Central High, Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas called in the state National Guard to bar the black students’ entry into the school. Later in the month, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in federal troops to escort the “Little Rock Nine” into the school, and they started their first full day of classes on September 25.

Source: Staff, "Integration of Central High School." A&E Network. 2010. Web. 5 Aug 2016.
Linda Muller

Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh

This collection contains images, taken by accomplished African-American photographer Teenie Harris. They provide a micro-perspective of the struggle for civil rights in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania during the 1950s and 1960s.
Linda Muller

Slavery to Freedom

This collection contains a variety of resources that can be used by teachers and students to understand the origins of slavery and slavery in America.
Linda Muller

Student Activity: Clean Water Act Conservation Campaigner

In this student activity, you'll investigate human interaction with the natural world and discover ways to address global environmental concerns. It includes an archived interview with an expert, as well as an interactive timeline from the Environmental Protection Agency and steps that every citizen can take to be more environmentally aware.
Ashley Naranjo

Expanded Learning Challenge

First Collection- Challenge
Crystal Emanuel

The Real Story of Dorothy

Emily Scroggs

Sean's Collection

The most awesome collection!
Sean Acevedo


Gena Barreto

My Fabulous Favoites!:)

All things I LOVE!!!!!
Melinda Brooks

Your Own Collection

Contains all of the following items:
Dorothy's slippers
Something from 1st, 16th, and 35th presidents of US
Angela Rohlfs

My first collection

Cathy Houghtby

My First!!!

Jenna Faniani

first collection

ASP conference
Kendahl Costa

FS Teen Takeover: Strike A Pose!

FS Teen Takeover photo booth
Juliet Bishop


Samantha Johnston
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