Constitution Day

Reading the Constitution

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What better way to celebrate this important document, its place within our society and throughout our history, than to closely investigate the words and ideas contained in it. Unlike more recent constitutions, the document is written in the language of ordinary people and is only a few pages.

Arm Reliquary from Treasures of Heaven exhibit

Treasures of Heaven

This website, based on the NEH-funded exhibit, explores the history of Christian saints and their relics through a variety of different digital tools and programs. Learn about exhibition objects through the cultural, geographical, and architectural environment for which they were originally created.

President Martin Van Buren is born

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  • JFK, Freedom Riders and the Civil Rights Movement

    Created November 17, 2010
    JFK, Freedom Riders: Burning Bus

    Students learn how civil rights activists including the Freedom Riders, state and local officials in the South, and the Administration of President Kennedy come into conflict during the early 1960s.

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    When Worlds Collide

    This PBS website looks at how the Old and New Worlds mixed after Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492. The 90-minute documentary and website trace milestone events during the 16th century and illustrates how both the New World and the Old were radically transformed by contact. The extensive resources for teachers and students include a timeline, scholarly essays and lesson plans.

     

  • Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion

    Created October 6, 2010
    Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion: Washington

    Weigh the choices Washington faced in the nation’s first Constitutional crisis by following events through his private diary.

  • What is History? Timelines and Oral Histories

    Created October 5, 2010
    What is History? Timelines and Oral Histories

    This lesson plan addresses the ways people learn about events from the past and discusses how historical accounts are influenced by the perspective of the person giving the account. To understand that history is made up of many people’s stories of the past, students interview family members about the same event and compare the ifferent versions, construct a personal history timeline and connect it to larger historical events, and synthesize eyewitness testimony from different sources to create their own "official" account.

  • Learning the Blues

    Created September 30, 2010
    Learning the Blues: Blues

    Take a virtual field trip to Memphis, Tennessee, and explore the history of the blues.

  • Mapping Our Worlds

    Created September 28, 2010
    Mapping the Past: mapping_past

    Students explore the world of maps and learn how to view the world around them in a two-dimensional format.