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National Postal Museum Research Resources

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Links compiled by the National Postal Museum to aid research projects, such as past and upcoming symposiums and lectures, industry white papers, and finding guides for navigating the collections, Arago (the museum's research and education website), the museum library, online articles, articles from EnRoute newsletter, photographic archives, videos, topical reference pages, Smithsonian magazine, and external research links.

Tapestry of the Times - Episode 31 - “Pass The Bottle”

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In this musical pub-crawl, we explore the joys and perils of the drinking life; songs about beer, wine, whiskey and moonshine; sad drunks, mad drunks, mean drunks, and just plain stupid drunks; booze-soaked classics from Memphis Slim, Roscoe Holcomb, Lead Belly, Dock Boggs and more.

Uneasy Partners: Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, LBJ and Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Video

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Panel discussion in which experts compare, contrast, and contextualize the relationships between President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and President Andrew Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Design Your Own Building: Rhode Island State Police Headquarters

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Lesson has students listen to a gust speaker who is working on a building design project. This speaker should discuss the importance of addressing the various needs of the people who will occupy the building. Then students design their own building and present them to the class.

National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Listening to Our Ancestors

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Self-guide for the Listening to Our Ancestors exhibition includes questions to consider, item searches, and drawing activities for students to complete.

And Now a Word From Our Sponsors

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Lesson plan has students write and produce public service commercials promoting the Transit of Venus and providing information about its safe viewing. Students will be able to identify the components and attributes of commercials including bias and misinformation found in commercials.

My Wonderful World

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A selection of Smithsonian geography resources for teachers and students, arranged by the five continents. Presented as part of the National Geographic-led project My Wonderful World.

Bluegrass Music: Chopping and Singing Songs of Sorrow

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This lesson is intended to introduce students to the style and feel of American bluegrass music. Students will be introduced to bluegrass music through exercises that emphasize important components of the genre, including feel, form, and common themes.

Sounds to Grow On - Broadsides (Program #8)

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This episode of Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On focuses on topical songs, mostly from a small-distribution, widely influential magazine from the 1960s and 70s and 80s called Broadside Magazine. In 1962, the first issue cost 35 cents and consisted of a meager 300 copies. But it included songs from such masters as Malvina Reynolds, Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. Broadside brought many topical singer songwriters to the public's attention, including, in addition to Reynolds, Ochs and Dylan; Tom Paxton, Richard Farina, Janis Ian and Buffy St. Marie, to name just a few. Smithsonian Folkways: Sounds to Grow On is a 26-part series hosted by Michael Asch that features the original recordings of Folkways Records.

A New Society Project

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Teacher-created lesson meant to accompany a study of the "Progressive Era" in America history. Students design their own 'progressive society.' The lesson can be adapted to the study of any period.

Archaeological Study

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Teacher-created lesson that uses the design process to introduce the difference between archaeology and anthropology.

“"Bandera Mía” (Flag of Mine)" by Suni Paz from Bandera Mía: Songs of Argentina

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Suni Paz deftly combines her message of cultural awareness and personal awakening with an unshakable optimism. As part of the progressive Latin American music movement known as nueva canción, Suni has created music with a conscience out of her commitment to and passion for social justice and education. "Bandera Mía" (Flag of Mine) speaks to the conflicting meanings the Argentinean flag has for those who fled the country's 1976-1983 military dictatorship. The song is from her 2006 Smithsonian Folkways album Bandera Mía: Songs of Argentina, a musical tribute to her homeland.

Batting Practice and Poetry in Motion

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Two lesson plans on the life of Roberto Clemente. Students look at statistics of his baseball career, using mathematics to gauge his athleticism, use visual art skills to create an action portrait of Clemente, and write a poem inspired by his famous quotes and centered on themes in his life.

History in the Making and Trading Places

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Two lesson plans about the life of Roberto Clemente. Students create a timeline of events in Clemente's life, aligning the timeline with major historical events. Next, students interpret and dramatize events in Clemente's life, using role playing to identify with Clemente and empathize with victims of discrimination and prejudice.

Grupo Cimarrón at the 2009 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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Grupo Cimarrón is an all-star team of instrumentalists and singers from Colombia.

"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" by Joe Glazer at the 2001 Power and Glory Concert

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Since the Industrial Revolution, working people have been organizing and campaigning for better treatment from their employers. The labor movement and its unions struggle for fair wages, safe working conditions, and many other benefits. Music is an important tool in the labor movement to motivate workers and help build solidarity. Joe Glazer (1918-2006), often called "Labor's Troubadour," was one of America's noted historians of labor song. Glazer founded Collector Records in 1970 to distribute music of the labor movement, including his original songs. Here he discusses his life's work and music.

Embracing the Impossible: Popular Response to the Aerial Age Teaching Poster

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Students review primary source materials to understand how people felt about the new technology of flying in the early 1900s. They then choose an invention today and document its popular responses.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Docent Outreach: House Calls

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Listing of Smithsonian American Art Museum "House Calls," free sessions in which knowledgeable speakers share with your group outstanding images and broad themes in American art and craft.

A Visual Journey: Photographs by Lisa Law 1965-1971

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Online photo exhibit of Lisa Law's photographs, which provide glimpses into the folk and rock music scenes of the 1960s, California's blossoming counterculture, and the family-centered and spiritual world of commune life in New Mexico. Examine themes of the 1960's counterculture through the eyes of someone who lived, witnessed, and recorded life on the frontier of cultural change. Also included is a 'What Else Was Happening' timeline of pivotal events in American history and popular culture from 1963 to 1973.

Crash Test Physics

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Teacher-created lesson in which students design and test a "CO2-powered balsawood dragster," using prior knowledge of kinematics. The object is to keep an egg unbroken in a crash.

National Museum of the American Indian Teacher Self-Guide: Community

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Teacher self-guide: Community is designed for use by teachers and adult chaperons during school group visits to the museum. Provides layered questions that help focus students' looking and learning. Targets grades 6-8.

George Washington: A National Treasure Family Guide

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his webpage uses Gilbert Stuart's 'Lansdowne portrait' of Washington as an entre into the subject of portraiture. Includes background information and an exploration of symbols in the painting.

Scramble

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Game encouraging children to unscramble different images related to the postal service.

Investigating Longitude and Latitude

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Lesson plan using longitude and latitude to determine locations of expedition sites and viewing sites for the 2004 Transit of Venus. Extension activity includes investigating Global Positioning System (GPS).
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