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Sam Gesser discusses Pete Seeger

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The songs of Pete Seeger made such an impression on Sam Gesser, a young Montreal-based record producer, that Seeger became his first concert promoter.

Tracking the Buffalo: You Be The Historian

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Online interactive about the stories told on buffalo hides by the Native Americans of the Great Plains. Focused on a particular painting, this interactive leads viewers to their own conclusions through subtle hints and clues and lets them compare their conclusions to those of Smithsonian historians.

Bon Appetit! Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian

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Online exhibit about Julia Child and her profound effect on American popular culture, cooking, and broadcast television. Use an interactive collection search to view selected objects from Julia's kitchen, browse an interactive storyline to discover more about Julia Child, her kitchen, and her long love affair with cooking, and look around the entire kitchen as it exists on exhibit at the Smithsonian.

Lives on the Railroad

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Online exhibit examining the central role railroads played in American life during the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Trains carried people, agricultural products, manufactured goods, and the daily mail to all parts of the country. Although railroad travel made long-distance travel possible for anyone who could afford a ticket or catch a 'free ride,' Jim Crow laws forced African Americans to ride in segregated train cars while traveling through the South. This is the ninth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.

Document Deep Dive: The Musical History of "The Star-Spangled Banner"

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Online primary source: the original manuscript of Francis Scott Key's poem, annotated with comments by an expert in colonial music.

The Folkways Collection - Episode 1: A Folkways Overture

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The opening program in the series paints a broad canvas, presenting outstanding musical samples that reflect the strength and diversity of the Folkways collection. Included is a sampling of original and archival interviews with the many personalities featured throughout the series, including Pete Seeger, Mickey Hart, and more. This program also introduces the key themes explored over the 24 programs, such as the role of music in social activism.

Mr. Lincoln'n Hat

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Lesson has children create top hats out of paper by reading or listening to directions that use simple terms from geometry. After making the hat, they measure their height with and without the hat, and then take a picture wearing the hat. Part of the resource 'A Letter to Abraham Lincoln.'

An Exploration of Automotive Design

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Students look at car design to explore the tension between aesthetics and functionality in design. For further exploration, students look at car advertisements and ask which elements the ads are emphasizing. Students then design their own car exteriors.

Class of Cards

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Lesson about the work of influential designers Charles and Ray Eames. Students create their own playing card with symbols and patterns that represent themselves. Each card becomes part of a class 'House of Cards.' Activity introduces the principles of design.

Myth, Mortals, and Immortality: Works from Museo Soumaya de Mexico

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Downloadable exhibition guide (PDF) for Myths, Mortals, and Immortality, an exhibition featuring 100 works by some of Mexico's most renowned artists, including Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo. Bilingual English/Spanish.

Amazonia

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Website exploring the Amazon rainforest. Includes animal cams, an audio tour of the Amazonia exhibit, and animal fact sheets.

Sharks Bibliography

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List of selected resources on sharks and shark attacks. Divided into five categories: general references, shark attack, shark fishing, selected species, and sensory systems. Includes both technical and popular publications.

What Is a Primary Source?

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Lesson in which students learn the difference between first- and second-hand accounts.They examine documents related to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Rameli's Machines: Original Drawings of 16th Century Machines

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Online exhibition presenting the drawings of military engineer Agostino Rameli. He produced a remarkably illustrated book in 1588 describing a large number of machines that he devised. This website presents the illustrations of some of the machines in this book, a short biography of Rameli, and further readings.

"Parlez nous à boie non parl du marriage" by Michael and David Doucet at 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Michael Doucet, fiddler, composer, and bandleader, is perhaps the single most important figure in the revitalization of Cajun music in the USA. Cajun is the shorthand name for the French settlers of southwest Louisiana who were expelled from the Acadian region of Canada in the 18th century. During the first half of the 20th century, both the language and music of French Louisiana seemed to be in decline. In 1975, Doucet applied to the National Endowment for the Arts for an apprenticeship grant to study with and document the master fiddlers of his region. As a result of this project, he was able to learn first-hand from the great masters of Cajun and Creole music with links to an earlier era.

What Makes A Good Mariachi?

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Natividad "Nati" Cano was born in 1933 to a family of day laborers and folk musicians in the small town of Ahuisculco, a rural outpost in the western state of Jalisco, Mexico. A self-taught musician, Nati rose to become the leader of Mariachi Los Camperos, a world-renowned group that has become an emblem of mariachi performance. He is active in the preservation of mariachi traditions and the education of young musicians. Here he discusses the elements of a good mariachi at his Los Angeles restaurant, La Fonda with performance footage from the annual Viva el Mariachi Festival in Fresno, CA.

Appalachian Blues: Blues from the mountains

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Summer 2010: Grassroots Music from the United States

Being Creative with Hindustani Vocal Music

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Lessons that introduce the traditional music of northern India. By the end, the students should be able to sing scales and improvise over a drone.

Surprises in Mind

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One-hour video documentary for K-8 teachers follows a 12-year study that shows how mathematical creativity - valued by industry and expressed in art, architecture, and music - is built into the brain and can flourish under the right conditions.

From Impact to Action: Wildlife Experts Share Data, Stories, and Responses from Young People

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Webinar in which the audience joined a panel of experts from the National Zoo to discuss climate change, wildlife, and what some young people are doing to make a difference. The Zoo team gives an overview of the issue while delving deeply into the specific impact of global warming on one specific population �_� Arctic polar bears. On a positive note, they discuss the work of youth taking steps to protect wildlife.

Hula Performance by The Halau 'O Kekuhi Hula Ensemble

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Hula, a dance that tells a story, has always been a focal point of Hawaiian culture. It is performed to mele (chants) accompanied by percussion instruments. Mele and hula were used to record thousands of years of ancient Polynesian and Hawaiian history. Chants and dances also recorded the daily life of the Hawaiian people, their love of the land, humor or tragedy, and the heroic character of their leaders. The Halau 'O Kekuhi hula ensemble draws many of its dances from the mele of the Big Island, particularly chants to Pele, the volcano goddess. They are led by Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele and Nalani Kanaka'ole, sisters of the highly respected Kanaka'ole family of chanters and dancers from Hilo.

Sounds to Grow On - My Favourite Things (Program #2)

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This episode is dedicated to music that has a special place for Michael Asch. It includes some of his favourites and some of his father's favourites. Some songs are from Moe's childhood and some are from Michael's early adulthood when he worked for Folkways.

Going Global

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Online exhibit looking at globalization in America. Discover how fast and inexpensive shipping, near-instantaneous communication, the spread of multinational corporations, and the mass migration of people looking for work have fueled America's global sensibility. This is the eighteenth section of the online exhibition America on the Move.

Barn Again! Celebrating an American Icon Teaching Guide

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Lesson plans connected to the Barn Again! Traveling exhibit which looks at barns as a symbol of America. These lessons promote the development of critical thinking skills by involving students in analyzing a variety of primary resources, conducting local history research projects, and synthesizing their discoveries for presentation to a classroom or community audience.
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