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Smithsonian American History Museum Online

by Mary Ann Kelley
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Topic: American History

Resource of the Week

TheHomeSchoolMom Resource of the Week: Smithsonian American History Museum Explorer

My family is blessed to live just 50 miles away from the Smithsonian’s Washington, D.C., museums (although the traffic isn’t such a blessing!). For those of you who are not so close, the History Explorer can bring the treasures of the Smithsonian to you by way of the Internet.

“Smithsonian’s History Explorer was developed by the National Museum of American History in partnership with the Verizon Foundation to offer hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history … Learning activities feature artifacts selected from over 3 million items in the Museum’s collections, and draw on the expertise of the Museum’s renowned curatorial staff.”

Get started with the How To Use page (there is a printable sitemap available), then start searching. You can filter the resources by grade, resource format, historical era, or subject. Alternatively, you can browse a selection of the museum’s artifacts or choose a theme. The easy to use website is a great go-along for your American history studies.

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