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Leading to the American Civil War

A collection of objects to analyze the compelling question "Was the American Civil War inevitable?"

Supporting questions:

Explain the differences between the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Missouri Compromise

How was the institution of slavery protected in the Constitution?

How were the institution of slavery, the cotton industry, and the industrialization of the North connected?

#TeachingInquiry

Analin Saturria
19
 

Quilt Quest

Did you know that quilts are also historical artifacts? Use this collection to learn more about how curators investigate quilts to learn about their origins, and then explore a variety of different quilts that tell us important things about the time in which they were made and the crafters who made them. Finally, make your own quilt depicting an important historical moment.

tags: quilt, craft, activity, review

Kate Harris
19
 

Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw is the name given to scrollwork, engravings, and carvings done in bone or ivory.

sheishistoric
20
 

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe became a pop culture icon both during her life and then there after. The following collection contains a variety of images of Monroe and provide a glimpse into her personality.

Molly Long
7
 

Analyzing Photography in the U.S. History Classroom

Resources supporting the March 2017 Google Hangout facilitated by the National Museum of American History's curator of Photographic History, Shannon Perich, in coordination with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Suggested questions for analyzing photographs, yearbooks, photo albums and portraits are included. The archived version of the online session is available at the end of the collection for viewing.

Tags: Migrant Mother, Napalm Girl, Tank Man, Times Square Kiss, 1943 Rohwer Center High School Yearbook, WWI Photo album, Robert Wiengarten, Hank Aaron

Shannon Perich
23
 

Japanese-American Internment

The resources in this collection depict what life was like for Japanese-Americans living in internment camps during WWII. Student may examine these resources as they address the following questions:

Why were Japanese-Americans moved into internment camps during WWII?
Do you agree with the government's argument that it was necessary for national security?
Did the government violate the rights of American citizens?
Do the events of and surrounding Japanese interment have relevance in America today?
Brandon Peifer
20
 

Are the benefits of progress during the Industrial Revolution more significant than the costs?

Below you will find a variety of sources that connect to the Industrial Revolution. These sources will aid in your answering of the following guiding questions:

(1) What changes were made in manufacturing? (2) How did society benefit from industrialization? and (3) What were the challenges society faced during industrialization?

At the conclusion of your investigation, you should be able to address in detail the Essential Question: Are the benefits of progress during the Industrial Revolution more significant than the costs?

Molly Long
16
 

Manifest Destiny and Westward Expansion through a Historical Painting

Learning resources collection, which includes two versions of an artwork that captured the idea of "Manifest Destiny" as pioneer settlers were encouraged to expand American territory westward. Compare the two versions of the artwork and examine details of the painting in the landscape and people the artist included.
Ashley Naranjo
6
 

Allensworth

Allensworth, CA. founded in 1908, represents the only all black township in California; founded, built, governed and populated by African Americans. Located in the great central valley (southern San Joaquin), it was founded to be a agricultural community and center of learning. Where, African Americans only 50 years out of slavery could become economically free. Due to lack of a dependable water supply, the untimely death of the Colonel and other factors the town's future was bleak. By 1918 the town began its demise struggling to survive. The historic portions of the town became a state historic park in the 1970's. It is formally listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a California Historic Landmark.

Steven Ptomey
22
 

Historical Empathy with Archival Documents

Sierra Green, archivist at the Senator John Heinz History Center's Detre Library & Archives, conducted an online session highlighting multiple perspectives throughout history using materials from archival collections.

Archival materials can illuminate viewpoints at times overlooked in historical study, as they persist as remnants of individuals' voices in history. Included in this collection are facsimiles of materials from three local Pittsburgh stories.

Teachers can use these examples to examine history from the experiences of people who directly participated in those events.

Sierra Green
9
 

Political Cartoons - Imperialism

Collection of Political Cartoons from the late 1800s/early 1900s (Mostly Imperialism)

Wendy Moore
9
 

Immigration

Why do people immigrate to the US today?

Richard Duffy
21
 

Niagara Falls: Investigating Change Over Time with a Body of Water

Learning resource collection, which highlights several artworks and photographs of Niagara Falls as early as 1820 to today. It introduces close-looking strategies, with a consistent set of guiding questions to analyze each image and discover changes of a place, specifically three waterfalls on the United States-Canada border, over time.

Ashley Naranjo
19
 

Babi Yar Massacre

The Babi Yar Massacre is one of the largest mass killings that happened during the Holocaust. In two days over 33,000 Jewish people died. Their dead bodies were thrown into the Babi Yar Ravine and buried. Throughout the rest of the Holocaust more people were executed and buried, causing the total number of deaths to be near 100,000.

Lesser known mass killings such as Babi Yar show how wide spread the events of the Holocaust were. The Anti-Semitic actions in places such as Kiev proves how common the hatred towards Jewish people had become, adding to the perpetuation of the Holocaust.

The Holocaust had many different tragedies that must never be forgotten. Through these pictures, people in modern day can better understand how horrible the events were. It is interesting to realize that many of the most horrible acts of the time took place away from concentration camps, in places like Babi Yar.

These images are a collection to show the atrocities that took place within the two days.

Karen Siddoway
18
 

Ciphers and Codes

Throughout all of history, ciphers and secret codes were devised to keep intelligence from falling into the wrong hands. From the WWII German "Enigma" machine to America's Cherokee Code Talkers, people used ciphers and codes to safeguard secrets. One of my favorite mysterious artworks is the sculpture Antipodes, outside of the Hirshhorn Museum. No one knows what it means, and its companion piece Kryptos sits outside at Langley. I was inspired to create this collection because a parent wrote to us asking what kinds of spy or secret code summer camps were available at the Smithsonian. Before passing them along to the International Spy Museum, I wondered what kind of topical collection I could create in SLL. It turns out, there's a lot of material culture associated with codes and coding, so these are some of my favorite objects and videos in our Smithsonian collections.

Tracie Spinale
25
 

The 1960s--A Decade Collection

This is a topical collection about American life and politics in the 1960s. Resources in this collection might be helpful to students and teachers working on projects about the decade. It is not meant to be completely comprehensive, but rather includes highlights of the Smithsonian's collection spanning art, popular culture, social trends, leadership, and technology.

Teachers and students might copy and adapt this collection to suit their needs; highlighting a specific aspect of life in the 1960s and adding annotations and additional resources.

tags: Sixties, Kennedy, Camelot, civil rights, Vietnam, politics, decade

Lisa Mcclinchie
103
 

Student Curated Collection Assignment (Sample)

These artifacts serve as an example of a student curated collection.

The artifacts in this collection have been selected and organized to "...describe the effects of the Great Depression on families."

These artifacts serve as an example of a student curated collection.

After discussing how this collection of artifacts can help us Understand, the Great Depressions impact on families. Students can Analyze, what information from the artifacts are relevant and discuss why these artifacts were organize in this way. Finally, they will Evaluate, how well the artifacts tell the story of the Depressions impact on families.

Following class discussion on this collection, students become the historians themselves and curate their own collections.


You are a Historian Working in the Smithsonian Archives!

Today you are entering the archives of the Smithsonian institute.

You will utilize the 'Smithsonian Learning Lab', an online toolkit that enables you (the historian) to find, customize and share digital museum resources with others. œ

The Learning Lab grants you access to more than a million diverse resources from across the Smithsonian.

Your assignment is to identify three (3) artifacts that will help you examine the spread of unemployment and Poverty in America during the Great Depression.

We can learn about those Americans who lived in the past by looking at the objects and documents that people left behind and that have somehow survived.

Your individual assignment, will be one of the following 'objectives'.

  • Analyze the effects of the Great Depression on farmers.
  • Analyze the impact of human and geographical factors that created the Dust Bowl.
  • Describe how the Great Depression affected family life and the lives of those who lived during the Depression.

Within the Smithsonian Learning Lab Create and name your collection:

"Spring 20** 'Your Last Name' Depression Research"

Example: Spring 2017 Karavlan Depression Research

Add three (3) artifacts to your collection.

Edit the description of your collection to explain how these artifacts answer your individual assignment.

What did you learn from examining your artifacts?

When complete share the link to your collection with Mr. Karavlan.

Scott Karavlan
5
 

WWII Intervention

To Intervene or not to Intervene? That is the question.

In WWI, President Woodrow Wilson famously "Kept Us Out of War" during his first term before eventually leading the country into Europe's war. More than two decades later, are Americans considering themselves isolationists? Should we intervene in WWII? How would different historical figures weigh in on the matter?

Amy Kerr
10
 

Did the Black Panther Party Help or Hurt the Civil Rights Movement?

#TeachingInquiry

1. What did members of the Black Panther Party look like?
2. How did the Black Panther Party help their communities?
3. How was the Black Panther Party viewed by those outside the group?

Richard Duffy
30
 

Cultural Series: Georgia (Country)

A collection of Smithsonian resources about the county of Georgia, in Europe. Features geography, ecology, folklife, music, and culture.

Tracie Spinale
16
 

Cultural Series: Bahrain

A general topical overview collection of Bahrain (and Arabian Gulf-related) objects in the Smithsonian collections. Stamps are featured, as well as the historic pearling industry; Endangered species are described, as well as articles about the ancient Dilmun culture and other archaeological finds.

Tracie Spinale
30
 

American Democracy

In conjunction with the Smithsonian Institutions Traveling Exhibition Services - American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith exhibition

More than just waging a war of independence, American revolutionaries took a great leap of faith and established a new government based on the sovereignty of the people. It was truly a radical idea that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy but in its citizens. Each generation since continues to question how to form "a more perfect union" around this radical idea.

Emma Garten
66
 

The 1950s--A Decade Collection

This is a topical collection about American life and politics in the 1950s. Resources in this collection might be helpful to students and teachers working on projects about the decade. It is not meant to be completely comprehensive, but rather includes highlights of the Smithsonian's collection spanning art, popular culture, social trends, leadership, and technology.

Teachers and students might copy and adapt this collection to suit their needs; highlighting a specific aspect of life in the 1950s and adding annotations and additional resources.

Kate Harris
80
 

The 1960s--A Decade Collection

This is a topical collection about American life and politics in the 1960s. Resources in this collection might be helpful to students and teachers working on projects about the decade. It is not meant to be completely comprehensive, but rather includes highlights of the Smithsonian's collection spanning art, popular culture, social trends, leadership, and technology.

Teachers and students might copy and adapt this collection to suit their needs; highlighting a specific aspect of life in the 1960s and adding annotations and additional resources.

tags: Sixties, Kennedy, Camelot, civil rights, Vietnam, politics, decade

Kate Harris
97
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