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Code of Hammurabi

This is about Hammurabi and his greatest contribution. #Babylonia #TeachingInquiry

Rio Castañares Jr.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

This playlist on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is designed for self-guided learning with intermittent check-ins for high school age students. The learning tasks are divided over five days, designed for 30-35 minutes per day, and build on each other. However, students are able to work on this playlist at their own pace. They will engage with primary and secondary sources as well as visual, video, and written texts. Students have the option to complete the tasks online by connecting through Google classroom or access Google doc versions of each formative and summative assessments for work online and/or offline. By the end of the week, students will write an argumentative essay answering one of three questions.

National Museum of American History

Cleveland and Maternal Health

Cleveland has a history...

This collection of artifacts marks the intersection between NMAH Medicine and Science collections and the history of Cleveland pertaining to women and healthcare. Cleveland organizations, including the Maternal Health Association, Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, and The Brush Foundation, played pivotal roles in advancing women's access to care. The Supreme Court Cases Loving v. VA and Cleveland Board of Education vs Lafleur  originated in Cleveland's Federal Court.  Western Reserve Historical Society and the Dittrick Center for Medical History are important local resources for this history.

Kimberly Lenahan

Subject: Food


This is an assortment of photographs broadly related to food.

Other collections to see in the Learning Lab include Eateries, Kitchens, Meals and Eating, and Agriculture.

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Keywords (subject): Food, market, grocery, fruit, vegetable, apple, advertising, chicken, sales, canned goods, commercial, tomato, ketchup, Heinz, grocer, dry goods, groceries, market, farmer's market, general store

Keywords (photography): gelatin silver print, real photo postcard, stereoview, color carbro, fine art photography, advertising, documentary photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Cleveland Conventions

This is a collection of artifacts of Cleveland Conventions.  As a large city with access to the lake steamers, canal boats and railroads in the 19th century, and highways and an airport in the 20th to 21st - Cleveland was and remains an organizational and political hub.

Kimberly Lenahan

"Passing Commerce Pays Tribute to the Port of Cleveland"

Connections of Health & Commerce

Collection of Smithsonian NMAH Medicine and Science artifacts related to the manufacture and consumer products of Cleveland, OH

Kimberly Lenahan

ENG 201.2

This collection is for the use of teaching "Fences" by August Wilson from the perspective of Blues music.

Lindsay Gill

Subject: Portraits of Photographers


This is a selection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection depicting self-portraits and portraits of named photographers. 

Note: This collection will expand as images come online and as staff add to the Photographic History Collection.

See the Learning Lab Collection, Charles Rushton for his portraits of photographers in the American southwest in the 1980s. See Learning Lab collection Photographers at Work for ephemera and additional photographers; see also People with Cameras (not yet published).

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Some of these photograph may be copyrighted.

Keywords: photographer, camera, portrait, self-portriat, daguerreotype, two-color Kodachrome, gum bichromate, platinum print, photogravure, gelatin silver print, studio portriature, environmental portraiture, fine art photography, photojournalist

Portraits of photographers included in this Learning Lab collections are:

  • Annie Appel
  • Eugene Atget
  • Richard Avedon
  • Thomas Barrow
  • J. Ross Baughman
  • Bobbe Besold
  • Anne Brigman
  • Mathew Brady
  • Cathy Maier Callahan
  • Manuel Carillo
  • Van Deren Coke
  • Will Connell
  • Imogen Cunningham
  • James Cutting
  • Jacques Louis Mande Daguerre
  • F. Holland Day
  • Robert Demarche
  • Baron De Meyer
  • David Douglas Duncan
  • George Eastman
  • Elliot Erwit
  • Henry Fitz, Jr
  • Miguel Gander
  • Betty Hahn
  • George Harris
  • Henry Horenstein
  • Walter J. Hussey
  • Gertrude Kasebier
  • Victor Keppler
  • Sally Mann
  • Bruce McKaig
  • Pirie MacDonald
  • Mr. Mooney
  • Samuel F.B. Morse
  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • Carl Mydans
  • Patrick Nagatani
  • Beaumont Newhall
  • Arnold Newman
  • Phillippe Halsman
  • Ken Regan
  • Henry Peach Robinson
  • Meridel Rubenstein
  • Kosti Ruohomaa
  • Erich Salomon
  • Thomas Smillie
  • Edward Steichen
  • Alfred Stieglitz
  • Paul Strand
  • William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Steve Yates
  • George Kendall Warren
  • Edward Weston
  • Clarence White
  • Joel-Peter Witkin
  • Roy Zalesky

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Japanese Internment: An Introduction

Directions: Click on the first image, then move through the documents in order by clicking the right and left arrows at the bottom of the screen. Click the "i" symbol for background information about each source. Be sure to answer the questions by clicking the paperclip symbol as they come up.

Dana Stevenson

Museums and Reconciliation

This collection addresses relationships between Museums and Indigenous peoples, as well as museums' transition from colonial institutions to reconciliation stakeholders.


Former President Lincoln and an overview about his debate with former statesman Stephen Douglas as well as a modern example of how teens can be involved in the political process

This will be a quick look into how the men interacted outside of the debate, popular imagery surrounding the men, and a very brief look into their personalities.

Knicki Karsies

Northwest Coast Art Shape Review

We will be looking at artwork from tribes in the Northwest Coast. 

Look closely to see what familiar shapes you notice from last week's Video.

 Formline Art Vocabulary:

  • Ovoid
  • Trigon
  • Crescent
  • Circle
  • U-shape
Mellie Davis

History Lab: Objects Telling Stories

In this History Lab, we will think about how one object can tell many stories. What can we learn from the first Ferris wheel? What other objects can you think of that tell many stories?

To join in the History Lab Debrief for this collection, visit https://www.heinzhistorycenter... and look for the History Lab section to find the registration link. We hope you can join us to discuss objects and their stories!  


Photographer: Mydans, Carl


The Carl Mydans Collection at the National Museum of American History consists of 166 photographs that span the years from the mid-1930s to the late 1960s, and two Halliburton camera cases that contain all his photographic equipment. 

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Keywords: photojournalist, photojournalism, war photography, documentary photography, visual culture, picture magazines, current events, reportage, crisis photography, war coverage, Farm Security Administration, FSA, World War Two, World War II, WWII, Korean War, Life Magazine, U.S. Camera, Time Magazine

Text from PHC finding aid written by Vanessa Pares:

The photographs in the Photographic History Collection include the rural images created as part of his work for the Farm Security Administration and those taken while on assignment for LIFE magazine. In the mid-1930s, he covered cattle drives in the Big Bend, the oil boomtown of Freer and “brushhogs,” migratory workers who lived by the side of the road. A few years later, he completed the series on “sandhogs,” construction workers who built the Midtown Tunnel under the East River in New York City. 

During the 1940s, he recorded events of the Second World War, mainly in the Pacific theater. Once the war ended, he was sent to Bikini Island Atoll, an island chain in the Pacific that is part of the Marshall Islands chain. There he documented the evacuation of the people of Bikini from their home island in order to clear the way for major atomic testing, and the Bikinians' exodus to nearby Rongerik.

The rest of the collection includes portraits of major political, military, and literary figures, such as Winston Churchill, General MacArthur and William Faulkner. Carl Mydans was a storyteller. Always seeking the drama and history of a moment, his pictures are meant to recount a story with no words. Carl Mydans was born in Boston on May 20, 1907. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism, after which he went on to work as a free-lance writer for the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe. While a staff writer for the American Banker, Mydans began to carry a miniature camera on his assignments.

In 1935, he carried a camera full time, joining the photographic unit of the Resettlement Administration, which merged into the Farm Security Administration in 1937. Under the supervision of Roy Stryker, a group of photographers—composed of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evens, Ben Shahn, Arthur Rothstein and Carl Mydans, among others—was sent on assignment to make a difference by reporting and documenting the plight of the poor farmer. Their task was to create a “pictorial history” of agriculture and focus on those most affected by the Great Depression. The photographers would tour the nation and interpret it through the shape of the land and the faces of the unemployed, the migrant farmers, and the sharecroppers. During this time, Mydans documented cotton production in the southeastern states, the impoverished dwellings of New England, and the creation of new “greenbelt towns” or government-sponsored planned communities. 

In 1936, Mydans left the FSA and was hired by the newly established LIFE magazine. One of his first assignments for LIFE was a photo essay on Texas, focusing mainly on the oil boomtown of Freer. It was also at this time that he met Shelley Smith, a LIFE researcher and journalist whom he married the following year. Once World War II broke out, the couple was sent to Europe as a reporter-photographer team. At first they went to England, covering London under siege, then to Sweden, and then to Finland, where Mydans had his first combat experience. The couple later traveled to Italy to cover Fascism, to France to witness its defeat, to Pearl Harbor to photograph American naval operations, and then to China. When the attack on Pearl Harbor occured, Carl and his wife were in Manila, the Philippines. Early in 1942, the Philippines were invaded by the Japanese and the couple was imprisoned. After almost nine months of captivity, they were moved from Santo Tomas University—an internment camp for civilians—to Shanghai. On December 1943, the couple, along with 1,400 American and Canadian citizens, was repatriated. Although Mydans was unable to cover the war, he was grateful to have survived and continue to watch and photograph all the events that encompassed his life. Soon after his return to the States, he was sent back to the European front. 

In 1944, he accompanied Allied forces to Italy where he covered the campaigns in Monte Cassino and Rome. After Italy, Mydans traveled to Marseilles to cover the fighting in southern France. Following the liberation of France, he was rushed back to the South Pacific to rejoin Gen. Douglas MacArthur for his triumphant return to the Philippines. Three weeks after the invasion of Luzon, Mydans took part in the charge into Manila—which concluded with the liberation of the remaining 4,000 civilian captives in Santo Tomas—alongside the 8th Cavalry Regiment. Months later, on September 2, 1945, Mydans was one of the few privileged photojournalists to be present at the site of the official Japanese surrender on the U.S.S. Missouri. After the Second World War, the Mydans took up residence in Tokyo, where he worked as chief editor of the TIME-LIFE news bureau. During those years, he captured the earthquake at Fukui, the Communist Revolution in China, and the war in Korea. 

In 1950, while on a trip to New York, Mydans received word of the outbreak of the Korean war. It only took him ten days to get himself shipped back into battle. Later that year, he received a Gold Achievement Award from U.S. Camera for his coverage of the Korean conflict. After the war, Mydans completed assignments in England, Berlin, and Russia, and traveled to Vietnam in 1968 to do a story on refugees. After the closing of LIFE, he continued to work as a photojournalist with TIME magazine, and wrote books based on his experiences at war. Mydans died on August 16, 2004.

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Nakóda Language Project

The American Indian Studies Research Institute (AISRI) at Indiana University in collaboration with members of the Fort Belknap and Fort Peck communities are working together to produce a complete K-12 Nakóda language curriculum. Incorporating traditional stories narrated by Nakóda elders and beautifully illustrated by Nakóda artists, the children will learn by listening to the words of their elders using twenty-first century technology. This collection of materials in the Smithsonian collections is helping us to incorporate information about Nakóda history and culture to provide a deeper understanding of the language.

Cynthia Ramlo

Learning Lab Training Collection on the Theme: “Humans and the Footprints We Leave: Climate Change and Other Critical Challenges"

This collection is designed to help educators bridge the classroom experience to a museum visit. It is intended to demonstrate various ways to use the Learning Lab and its tools, while offering specific, replicable, pre-engagement activities that can simply be copied to a new collection and used to help students engage with museum resources. 

Included here: 

  • Section 1: a set of flashcards, a template document so that teachers can create and print their own specific sets, and strategies for their use in their classrooms. 
  • Section 2: a variety of student activities and resources to explore artist Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq," a metaphorical representation of the unrest taking place in Iraq, and more broadly, an exploration of the human condition during times of crisis.  This section includes an image of the work from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an explanatory video with curator E. Carmen Ramos, two  Thinking Routines - "See, Think, Wonder" and "The 3 Y's" - from Harvard's Project Zero Visible Thinking and Global Thinking materials, and  an array of prompts and Learning Lab tools to help students think critically and globally.  
  • Section 3: a short assignment to get participants started using the Learning Lab.
  • Section 4: spacer tile template to serve as chapter headings in longer collections.

This collection is adapted from a teaching collection on the same theme (Luis Cruz Azaceta's "Shifting States: Iraq" (, that includes extension activities. It was created for the 2019 cohort of the Smithsonian-Montgomery College Faculty Fellowship Program on the theme, "The Search for American Identity: Building a Nation Together," and then adapted for the 2020 program on the theme, “Humans and the Footprints We Leave: Climate Change and Other Critical Challenges". 

Keywords: #MCteach

Philippa Rappoport

Life in DC: Then and Now

Explore images of Washington, DC, using artworks in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Compare them to the present, learning about changing neighborhoods, people and daily life, natural resources, and arts & culture. This collection can be adapted for students of different grade levels learning about DC history.

Phoebe Hillemann

Votes For Women

This playlist on the movement for Woman Suffrage is designed for self-guided learning with intermittent check-ins for middle school age students. The learning tasks are divided over five days, designed for 30-35 minutes per day, and build on each other. However, students are able to work on this playlist at their own pace. They will engage with primary and secondary sources as well as online exhibitions, videos, and written texts. Students can complete the tasks online by connecting through Google classroom for each formative and summative assessment.

By the end of the week, students will prepare and write an argument about how young people today can learn from the tactics of the suffragists and what strategies work now to address current public issues.

  • Formative assessments are represented by a chevron (Learning Check Ins and Daily Check Ins).
  • Google Doc versions of all formative and summative assessments are in the tiles immediately after the digital versions. 
National Museum of American History

Photographer: Heyman, Ken


This is a collection from the Photographic History Collection of photographs by Key Heyman.

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Keywords: travel photography, documentary photography, children, humor, black and white photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Photographer: Newman, Arnold


This is a collection of photographs from the Photographic History Collection by Arnold Newman, and a portrait of Newman by Charles Rushton.  Many of Newman's portraits are of artists, scientists, musicians, dancers, architects, and businessmen.

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Keywords: portraiture, artists, photographs of famous people, black and white photography, modernism, composition, fine art photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

The Crisis Deepens and The Coming of the Civil War

This collections examines the final events that led to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Thomas Gray

Easy PZ: See, Wonder, Connect (Theme: Conservation and Human Impact on the Environment)

Each Easy PZ collection includes an artwork or museum object and a recorded webinar demonstrating how to use it to develop students' skills with a Harvard Project Zero thinking routine. Supplementary resources provide context relevant to understanding the featured artwork or object.

This collection models the routine "See Wonder Connect" with a group of museum resources from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of American History and the National Postal Museum. #visiblethinking #earthoptimism

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

What makes someone a hero?

This playlist on individual action and character is designed for self-guided learning with intermittent check-ins for elementary age students. The learning tasks are divided over five days, designed for 30-35 minutes per day, and build on each other. However, students are able to work on this playlist at their own pace. They will engage with primary and secondary sources as well as visual, video, and written texts. Students have the option to complete the tasks online by connecting through Google classroom or access Google doc versions of each formative and summative assessments for work online and/or offline. By the end of the week, students will write a biography of someone of their choosing that demonstrates great individual action and character.

  • Formative assessments are represented by a chevron (Learning Check In and Tasks).
  • Summative assessments are represented by a circle (Final Task).
  • Google doc versions of all formative and summative assessments are in the tiles immediately after the digital versions. 

*Social Studies and Visual Arts standards vary by state for elementary grades. We recommend educators and caregivers consult their student and child's state standards for these two subjects.

National Museum of American History
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