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Government Sites
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Item American Memory - Visit the digital library and learn all about American history and culture.
Item American Treasures of the Library of Congress - A guide to some of the "treasures" in the Library of Congress. Check out Thomas Jefferson's handwritten draft of the Declaration of Independence.
Item America's Story - Discover the stories of America’s past. Jump back in time, meet amazing Americans, explore the states and more.
Item Archives of American Art - The collections of the Archives of American Art comprise the largest source in the world of primary source documentation on the visual arts in America. You can access information through AAA's online catalog, finding aids and guides, and a committed reference staff.
Item Constitution of the United States - This is a great site to view high resolution scans of the original, signed Constitution; read an essay about the Constitutional convention; learn dozens of fascinating facts about the Constitution; and learn about each of the signers at this site from the National Archives and Records Administration.
Item Creating French Culture - This Library of Congress page gives an overview of French history through the eyes of the art and culture of the times.
Item Edison National Historic Site - Edison's improvements to the telegraph and the telephone placed him on the cutting edge of communication technology at the turn of the Twentieth Century. If Edison were living today, he would be interested in both the Internet and the World Wide Web, a technology that can now make the legacy of the world's most famous inventor available to you.
Item Enactment of a Law - Library of Congress site about the steps to enact a law in the U.S. Government.
Item Encyclopedia Smithsonian - Encyclopedia Smithsonian features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources on subjects from Art to Zoology.
Item First Ladies of the United States - They came from different social and economic backgrounds, from many different geographical regions, and with diverse education preparation. Each First Lady served our country well and each left her own mark. Visit this site to learn more about them.
Item Hands On Science Center - The Hands On Science Center offers visitors a deep and practical understanding of the role science plays in American history and daily life.
Item Join the Signers! - At this site, you have the opportunity to explore the legacy of our Founding Fathers through special features, exhibits, classroom activities, and more.
Item Jump Back In Time - America's Story - Take a trip to an era in American history.
Item Kids in the House - Explore the role the Office of the Clerk plays in the U.S. House of Representatives. Learn about the legislative process and its effect on you.
Item Learn NPS - (National Park Service) - National parks are fun! Want to be a Junior Ranger? Find out how at this cool site.
Item Learning Page - Library of Congress - Learn about United States history and culture. View unique and rare documents, photographs, films, and audio recordings.
Item Library of Congress - Kids and Families Page - The Library of Congress web site shares its collections, stories, online collections and more for students and teachers.
Item Library of Congress Exhibitions - View the collections and take virtual tours of the galleries of the Library of Congress. From designs of famous architects to the history of the Wizard of Oz, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Item Links to the Past - Explore America's cultural resources - buildings, landscapes, archeological sites, ethnographic resources, objects and documents, structures and districts.
Item Meet Amazing Americans - America's Story - Discover the inventors, politicians, performers, activists and other everyday people who made this country what it is today.
Item Modern Inventors Documentation Program - Learn about the beginnings of the bread slicer, the creation of the corn picker or the makings of the matchstick. You can look up all kinds of inventions in the MIND database.
Item National Gallery of Art - Choose a tour by school or medium and explore the National Gallery's collections of painting, sculpture, and graphic arts.
Item National Museum of American History - Learn interesting historical facts by clicking on the alphabetical list.
Item NGA Classroom For Teachers and Students - Here's a great place where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum from the National Gallery of Art.
Item Our Story In History - Our Story In History is designed to help you enjoy exploring history through museum programs featuring objects from collections, quality children's literature, and hands-on activities.
Item Portrait for Kids - Follow the clues and help solve a make-believe mystery! Using your noggin and a special spyglass tool, you’ll uncover hidden layers of the painting and learn fascinating facts about the portrait along the way, from the National Gallery of Art. Let the sleuthing begin!
Item Presidents of the United States - The biographies of the presidents’ give us a clear look into the highs and lows of American history. Learn more about the presidents and the change we faced in the past and challenges yet to come.
Item Publishing the Declaration - (Library of Congress) - This webcast discusses the American Declaration of Independence, focusing on its distribution through early American newspapers.
Item The Music of Sound - Neanderthal Jam - You could learn a lot from old musical instruments. We're not talking about a pawnshop full of rusted saxophones and busted guitars, but about partly fossilized bones with holes that look suspiciously like wind instruments.
Item Today In History - The Library of Congress began a day-by-day listing of historical events. Search the archive for the day of your choice.
Item Truman Library Kids Page - Learn all about Harry Truman, former president of the United States and all sorts of other "Truman" trivia.
Item U.S. House of Representatives - Great site for Government homework projects. Contains lots of documents related to the legislative process.
Item Web Rangers! - If you love our National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites, this site from the National Park Service is for you. Solve mysteries, play games and live the stories - tons of fun activities to enjoy!

Organization Sites
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Item Ease History - EASE (Experience Acceleration Supportive Environment) History is a rich learning environment that supports the learning of US history. Over 600 videos and photographs are currently available in EASE History. (Flash 7 required)
Item Greatest Engineering Achievments of the 20th Century - How many of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements will you use today? A car? Computer? Telephone? Explore this list of the top 20 achievements.
Item History of Dentistry - Dentistry has evolved from a simple toothpick to today's state-of-the-art technology. You can choose an era from Ancient Origins to the 21st Century.
Item I Hear America Singing - Have you ever thought about how American songs developed? This PBS site has a timeline covering the history of American concert song as well as information on the writers, composers, artists, and movements that left their mark.
Item Kansas State Historical Society for Kids - Things. Incredible stuff from the museum Kansas Kaleidoscope. A magazine for kids Youth Volunteers.
Item KidSpace - Internet Public Library - A place where you can find all sorts of information on the history, government, presidents, people, and states of the United States.
Item Knowing Poe - Through the activities on this site, you can introduce learners (or, be introduced, yourself) to the literature, life, and times of one of America's foremost writers, Edgar Allan Poe.
Item Massachusetts - Raid on Deerfield: The Many Stories of 1704 - On February 29, 1704, the sun rose on a chaotic scene in the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts. This website presents five different perspectives on this one event: Wobanikiak, Wendat, Kanienkahaka, French and English.
Item The Face of Russia - Learn about Russian history and culture through an interactive timeline of Russian art. Site from PBS Online includes paintings, photographs, and Real Audio clips.
Item The Textile Museum - Learn about the history, collections, and purpose of textile arts.

Education Sites
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Item Glossary for Medieval Art and Architecture - Get definitions and illustrations of words like sarcophagus, atrium, and jamb. Hear their pronunciations too!
Item Massachusetts - American Centuries - Explore American history with this collection of historic artifacts and documents from New England.

Commercial Sites
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Item BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper - History - Site that contain many links to General, American, and Ancient History websites.
Item Civilisations - This interactive site examines key events in the development of any given ideology or religion, including Communism and its diffusion across the world.
Item Decopix - Check out tons of photos that show examples of art deco architecture and print.
Item Lewis & Clark - Learn about Lewis & Clark's adventures through the interactive journal, play games, see photos and maps, and much more.
Item Sinai - Explore this historic desert land that is Egypt's border with Israel. Meet the Bedouin inhabitants, tour amazing sites, dive its coral reefs, and discover why it is considered a holy and sacred land for so many.
Item Women in History - Encyclopedia Britannica introduces you to important ladies in the U.S. from 1600 to modern times, complete with audio clips and photos.
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