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Categorized, annotated list of over 1,600 sites that contain information specific to each U.S. state. Check out the links to state home pages, symbols, flags, maps, constitutions, representatives, songs, birds, flowers, trees, and more.

1770: The Boston Massacre:
After learning about the Boston Massacre in your American Revolution unit, try a class reading or production of this play, recounting the events of this infamous day in American history.

1933-34 World's Fair:
"This is a collection of postcards and other resources dedicated to the 1933-34 Century of Progress World's Fair."

1939-40 World's Fair:
"This is a collection of advertisements, postcards, and other images from the 1939-40 New York World's Fair."

The Adirondack Curriculum Project:
The Adirondack Curriculum Project is a not-for-profit organization aimed at encouraging teachers to incorporate the Adirondacks into their own curriculum. All grade levels and most subjects are covered. Most of the board members are active or retired teachers. The curriculum project also holds teacher workshops during the summer.

African Voices:
"In this web site explore objects that attest to Africa's striking diversity and long history. Listen as Africans talk about their lives and cultures. Discover your connections to Africa."

Alabama Department of Archives adn History:

The Alamo:

Alaska Kid's Corner:
Part of the State Of Alaska's Official State Website

The Amana Colonies:
"A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary of a unique historic communal society in eastern Iowa" Looks at the historic utopian society established in the 1850s along the Iowa River by German-speaking settlers from a religious group known as the Community of True Inspiration. The group, which originated in Himbach, Germany, in 1714, created a communal system of seven villages, each with mills, shops, homes, communal kitchens, schools, & churches. This website looks at the group's history, beliefs, buildings, & more.

The Alaska Zoo:

American Centuries: Views from New England:
"Explore American History with hands-on activities, exhibits, lessons, historic documents and artifacts"
Memorial Hall Museum Online

American Currency Exhibit:
Money hasn't always looked like it does today. Explore the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's American Currency Exhibit online and watch history come alive as you step back in time to our nation's beginning. Learn how the United States’ rich history is closely tied with our currency.

American FactFinder:
"American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas." by the United States Census Bureau

American Notes: Travel in America, 1750-1920:
"253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society ..."

American President: A Reference Resource:

American Revolution:
From The History Place

American Rhetoric:
"Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versons of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two."

American Treasures of the Library of Congress:

America's Freedom Documents:
"Education World presents ten lesson plans for teaching about three important freedom documents - the Diclaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights."

America's Story from America's Library:
"This Web site is brought to you from the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C., the largest library in the world and the nation's library."

Ancient Greece and Rome Talk Show:
Travel back in your time machine to two different eras, grab two unsuspecting and representative citizens, and then create a talk show to compare and contrast these two civilizations. Online resources and charts guide students through their research; let them write a script for a tv production and then videotape the final product.

Ancient Stones of Scotland:
This clean, well-designed site piques students' interest with a map of Scotland, dotted with sites of ancient stones. More impressive is the massive alphabetical list of all the sites, which links to pages containing photos of and quick facts about the locations. An equally extensive glossary includes both geological terminology and Scottish words. The site also includes a good bibliography.

Anne Frank:
"See the place where Anne Frank went into hiding."

The Anne Frank Center USA:
"Founded in 1977 by Anne's father Otto. The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy, to educate young people and communities in the U.S. and Canada about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination, and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on equal right adn mutual respecdt."

Antarctica: Scientific Journeys from McMurdo to the Pole:
"Explore this website to discover live Webcasts, stories, features, and notes from the field about scientific life in Antarctica."

The Apotheosis Of Robert E. Lee:
"Robert E. Lee has been lauded by different groups for the same reasons; Lee has the qualities of devotion, humility, self-sacrifice, reserve, gentlemanliness, Christian character, acceptance of defeat, moderation....His status as an icon has developed over time in three major groups-Virginians, Southerners, and Americans."

Arab News:

Arabia Steamboat Museum:
"The Arabia Steamboat Museum is a unique Kansas City attracton: a time capsule of life on the American frontier in the mid-nineteenth century."

Arctic Theme Page:
A comprehensive website that includes FAQs about the Arctic, general information, a great photo gallery, and tons of links to online resources about the Arctic by NOAH (Natonal Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

Ashland, Oregon: From Stage Coach to Center Stage:
Highlights 32 historic places in this community located 14 miles north of California at the foot of Mt. Ashland. These places together illustrate the development of Ashland from a small transportation& farming center founded in 1852 into a community with a strong cultural identity.

Asia Times -

The Battle of Prairie Grove: Civilian Recollections of the Civil War:
Helps students place the Battle of Prairie Grove in the context of Arkansas' role in the Civil War. Photos & readings from eye witness accounts of the battle depict the harsh realities of Civil War & its effects on both soldiers & civilians.

The Battle at Stones River: The Soldiers' Story:
Provides readings, maps, & visual representations of this battle near Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which was the second bloodiest battle fought west of the Appalachians during the Civil War.

BBC News:

Ben's Guide to Government for Kids: presents The Election Process, a basic guide to the election of federal officials including the president, vice president, senators and representatives. This guide for grades 3-5 is provided by the U.S. Government Printing Office.

Best of History Web Sites:
"an EdTech Teacher Resource"

Best Places Hawaii: Home of the Hawaii State Vacation Planner:

Betsy Ross Homepage:

The Big History Project:
"Take your students on a 13.7 billion year journdy. Ask the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life and humanity. Explore where we are going in the future and challenge your students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to ge there."

Bill of Rights Institute:

Blackout History Project:
"Two dramatic power failures struck the New York metropolitan region within recent memory, leaving indelible memories and opening a window onto times of change for the nation's largest city."

Boscobel House and Gardents:
Boscobel is a restored Federal-period house built between 1804-1808 with magnificent period interiors and gardens."

Boston's Arnold Arboretum: A Place for Study & Recreation:
Provides readings, maps, & lesson ideas about the first arboretum in the U.S., which opened to the public in the 1880s. This site, though focused on a place devoted to the study of trees, can help students learn how 19th-century urban conditions influenced the development of parks & how to research the history of parks in their own communities.

Britannia: America's Gateway to the British Isles since 1996:
"Britannia brings you the rich, historical landscape of Britain, the monarchs, the legends, and the inspiration to travel virtually and in three dimensions too!"

British History Online:
"The digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses from the medieval and early modern period, built by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust." Among the resources: Journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords, Office-Holders in Modern Britain, 1660-1939, a variety of documentary resources for the history of London and ecclesiastical history. Searchable.

The British Monarchy, The Official Site:

Bryce Canyon National Park: Hoodoos' Cast Their Spell:
Looks at the history of this area in Utah known for its hoodoos -- limestones, sandstones, & mudstones that have been carved by erosion into spectacular spires, fins, & pinnacles.

Buffalo Bill Center of the West:

Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave:

Build a Medieval Castle:

Calendars through the Ages:

California Academy of Sciences:

"From Native Prarie to Present, Our Agricultural Heritage"

Carnegie Libraries: The Future Made Bright:
Tells the story of how Andrew Carnegie donated over $40 million from his fortune made in the railroad & steel industries to build more than 1,600 libraries across America. Photos, maps, tables, & drawings of "Carnegie
libraries" help tell the story.


The Center for Civic Education:

Chatham Plantation: Witness to the Civil War:
Recounts what happened at this plantation overlooking Fredericksburg, Virginia. The house served as a headquarters & communications center for generals & commanders. When General Irvin McDowell was housed
there, President Lincoln visited to confer with about strategy. Later in the war, the house served as a hospital where Clara Barton & Walt Whitman tended to wounded soldiers. Four major battles were fought in the countryside surrounding Chatham.

Christopher Hardaker's EarthMeasure:

The Civil War @ Smithsonian:
The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. looked through it archives, and in some cases, its own history as an institution, and created this online resource about the Civil War. Digitized images cover slavery and abolition, the weapons and leaders of the war, and the life and culture of the times.

The Civil War Home Page:

Civil War Interactive & BlueBrayDaily:

CNN Student News:

Collapse: Why Do Civilizations Fall?:
From Annenberg Learner: "Join us we explore the collapse of four ancient civilizatons. You'll learn what happens when a society collapeses and how archaeologists find and interpret evidence."

Colonial Williamsburg: That the Future May Learn From the Past:

Color Landform Atlas of the United States:
Maps and satellite views detailing the major topography of each state. Each page also includes links to related sites that offer weather, news, and other information. - The Constitutional Sources Project:
ConSource provides access to over one thousand of the United States of America's most important founding documents from archives across the eastern seaboard.
" is a nonpartisan news and information website dedicated to encouraging civic participation."

Congress For Kids:
"Congress for Kids" gives students access to interactive experiences designed to help them learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect them."

"CongressLink provides information about the U.S. Congress - how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces. CongressLink is directed to teachers of American Government and civics. It is multi-featured, offering original content (including lesson plans and hisotrical materials) and up-to-the-minute information about Congress.

Countries of the World:
Exhaustive notes about the various countries of the world. Learn about their flags, maps, economy, geography, climate, culture, and more.
"Find out what was popular when your parents were kids, or take a nostalgic trip down memory lane from your own childhood"

Crisis at Fort Sumter:

C-Span - Created by Cable; Congress, Politics, Books and American History:

Current Events Theme Page:

The Daily Star: Lebanon -

Dark Legacy:
How centuries of war began with one man's ambition

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection:
"The historical map collection has over 41,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented."

Days and Days of Knights: A Unit of the Middle Ages:

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor:
Features 46 historicplaces along a 150-mile stretch from Bristol to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the anthracite coal industry. This National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary illustrates the history of an extraordinary 19th-century transportation system -- mountain railroads, rivers, dams & canals -- devised to move anthracite from mine to market.

Democracy Class:
Rock the Vote, an AFT partner, launched Democracy Class. Check out the nonpartisan lesson plan, which uses music, pop culture, video, classroom discussion and a mock election to get young people involved.

Dewey Browse:
"Web Sites Classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification System for Grades K-12"

Digital Collections:
"This site features materials such as photographs, maps, newspapers, posters, reports and other media from the Universtiy of Washington Libraries, University of Washington Faculty and Departments, and organizations that have participated in partner projects with UW Libraries. The collections emphasize rare and unique materials."

Digital History: using new technologies to enhance teaching and research:

Dinosaur information

Distinguished Women of Past and Present:
"This site has biographies of women who contributed to our culture in many different ways. There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusadors, artists, entertainers, and others. Some were alive hundreds of years ago and some are living today. We've heard of some of them, while many more have been ignored by history book writiers."

The District: The Tourist's Guide to Washington, D.C.:

Diving Under Antarctic Ice:
The National Science Fouondation Office of Polar Programs sponsored an underwater photography team to dive out of the US Antarctic Program's base at McMurdo Station, on Ross Island in Antarctica. For three visits in late austral spring, photos were taken on scuba dives and field excursions at locations around McMurdo Sound: Ross Island and the Antarctic mainland. The team was led by Norbert Wu, a professional underwater photographic/cinematographer.

Duke Uiversity Libraries Digital Collections:

Educational Sofware from Owl and Mouse:
"Help your child learn with games, software and educational activities from Owl and Mouse Educational Software... All of it FREE1 Free online USA mapes, world maps, map of Europe, map puzzles of teh US, Europe, Africa, Asia, and many more. You can buiuld your own castle and coat of arms -- free downloads.

"The Educator's Best Friend" - Information for Teachers, Administrators, Lesson Plans, Technology, Professional Development, etc. - Subscriptions to free newsletters offered

EcEdWeb outlines key economics concepts that students should know and offers lesson plans linked to national standards. The site teaches students to study their own and other countries using economic theory. Concepts such as taxes, unemployment, and the budget surplus are covered.

Ohio State Universtiy Department of History

Eiffel Tower:

Eleanor Roosevelt:
For more than thirty years, she was the most powerful woman in America. Niece of one president and wife of another, Eleanor Roosevelt was at the center of much of twentieth-century history -- a charismatic woman of charm and of contradictions. Check out Eleanor's FBI file and relive Eleanor's historic tour of the South Pacific in 1943.

ElectionGuide; Democracy assistance & elections news from the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS):

The Empire That Was Russia:The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated:
Photographs of a lost world -- the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I & the coming revolution. Medieval churches & monasteries, railroads & factories, & daily life & work of Russia's diverse population are among the subjects. The photos were taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944), who, in the early 1900s, formulated a plan for a photographic survey of the Russian Empire that won the support of Nicholas II. Between 1909-1912, & again in 1915, he completed surveys of 11 regions, traveling in a specially equipped railroad car provided by the Ministry of Transportation.

Encyclopedia Mythica:
"Please enter the award-winning internet encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion. Here you will find everything from A-gveda to Zveda Vechanyaya, with plenty in between. The mythology section is divided to six geographical regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Oceania. Each region has many clearly defined subdivisions that will ease your search. The Folklore section contains general folklore, Arthurian legends, and fascinating folktales from many lands. In addition, we feature special interest areas to enhance and refine your research. A Bestiary, legendary heroes, an image gallery, and genealogical tables of various pantheons and prominent houses."

The Endurance:
In 1914, a small team of explorers set sail for Antarctica, seeking to be the first to cross this vast continent. Photographer Frank Hurley chronicled their 22-month ordeal, climbing masts, trekking across cracking ice sheets and heading out into the frigid night to take his incredible pictures. He even dove into icy water to retrieve his glass-plate negatives after the Endurance sank.

Era of the Clipper Ships:
A collection of images and history of the great clippers, including an extensive bibliography.

Extreme Science:
Information on the animal kingdom, earth, ocean, space, time, weather, and more.

Eyewitness to History:
Each entry frames the eyewitness account with a brief description of the event and of the person recounting it and includes a bibliography and related links. Browse by time period. There's also a small audio archive of Voices of the 20th Century.

A Project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center

Famous Speeches:

Famous Trials:
by Douglas O. Linder (2012), Universityof Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Law

Federal Reserve

Fifty States Mix and Match Game::

First Amendent Center:
"Speech, Press, Religion, Assembly, Petition - At Vanderbilt University and the Newseum"

First World
"The purpose of this website is to provide a summary overview of the First World War."

Focus on American History: A cooperative learning project to teach time concepts and American history.  First, gather almanacs, timelines, old newspapers, and other resources. Then divide students into cooperative groups and assign roles: recorder, checker, reader, praiser, and timekeeper.  In addition, all students have the role of researchers.  The class brainstorms what they would like to learn about a decade (1920's, 1930's, 1940's,etc.) of America's past  such as government, music, daily life, and important people and events.  Each student in a group is responsible for one topic.  Each group prepares a written report and an oral presentation on its decade.  Class time is provided for rehearsing, discussing props and costumes, making cover designs for written reports, research, and writing.  Each group is encouraged to bring in props.  This cooperative study usually lasts two to three weeks.


Fort Hancock: A Bastion of America's Eastern Seaboard:
A lesson that uses this fort, built in the late 1800s to defend New York Harbor, as a base for examining issues in U.S. defense policy &military preparedness in the late 1800s.

Fort Pickens & the Outbreak of the Civil War:
This site recounts what happened in the Pensacola Bay just before the Civil War. U.S. Army Lieutenant Adam Slemmer knew his 51 troops could not defend all four of their forts if Southern troops attacked, so on the day Florida seceded from the Union, he moved all his troops into one: Fort Pickens. They watched across the channel as as Southern soldiers moved into the other forts. And when the demand to surrender was delivered, Slemmer refused.

The Forts of Old San Juan: Guardians of the Caribbean:
This site provides a history of Puerto Rico & the forts Spain established to protect its growing population & riches in the Caribbean.

Games, books and comics. Pages for parents and teachers.

The Galileo Project:

"Gazillionaier is a cross between business strategy and Wall Street in wonderland. It's a wild game of buying low & selling high. You'll run your own company, trade exotic goods, get rich, and expand your empire."
Versions for iPad and Android.


Geography Lesson Plans and Resources:


Geography Zone:
"The Geography Zone has been created to help spread geographical awareness and an understanding of the places and cultures across our world in an exciting and dynamic atmosphere. Here you can find The Geography Challenge, the world’s largest online geography contest, as well as tons of the geography tools and facts to help make you a geography expert."

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History:

Gifts of Speech-Women's Speeches From Around the World:

The Globe and Mail:

Gode Cookery:
"A compilation of medieval recipes from authentic sources adapted for the 21st century kitchen, along with diverse facts of food & feasting in the Middle Ages & Renaissance and other historical culinary items."

Government Accountability Board - State of Wisconsin:
This site is a gateway to a host of useful government and civic sites.

The Great Depression:

The Great Teacher--399 B.C.:
In this online adventure, students will meet Socrates and get to know his methods of questioning or knowing, as they choose the outcome of their conversations as they go along. High interest and interactive.

The Greek Alphabet:

Growth of a Nation:
A ten minute narrated movie, divided into smaller segments, which depicts the geographic history of the United States from the beginning of the nation to fifty states. Geographic elements are interactive, as
is the timeline. A teachers' guide is located at:

The Guardian:


Guilford Courthouse: A Pivotal Battle in the War for Independence:
This site looks at this battle -- how it was fought; how its outcome was characterized, including reports from both General Nathanael Greene & Lord Cornwallis; & why it was important. About 1,700 "continentals" (three-year enlistees in the regular army) & 2,700 militia (mostly farmers) fought against the redcoats near this North Carolina town of fewer than 100 people.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park:
This site describes weapons, medicine, food, leisure hours, & the role of women in the Revolutionary War. It also examines the battle that was the largest of the Southern Campaign & that helped change the course of the war.

Newspaper from Israel

Hawaii: Visitors & Convention Bureau: School Report:
Information to use in a school report about Hawaii

The Holocaust:
by the History Channel

Headline Spot:

Hearts at Home: Southern Women in the Civil War:
From the University of Virginia Library. "Through letters and diaries, photographs, newspaper accounts, and personal mementos, Hearts at Home examines different aspects of southern women's experiences at home and on the battlefield during the Civil War."

Helen Keller Kids Museum:

Heracles: Super Hero:
What do the Twelve Labors reveal about Ancient Greece? This lesson plan uses Heracles as its premise for uncovering the culture, religion, and peoples of Greece. Five lesson plans explore topics across the curriculum.

Heroic Activities Celebrate Heroes:

Historic Cities:
"...contains maps, literature, documents, books and other relevant material concerning the past, present and future of historic cities..."

Historical Clothing:
From Teaching Ideas: Age Range 5-11

Historical Voices:
"The purpose of Historical Voices is to create a significant, fully searchable online database of spoken word collections spanning the 20th century - the first large-scale repository of its kind. Historical Voices
will both provide storage for these digital holdings and display public galleries that cover a variety of interests and topics."

History Happens:
Stories From American History on Music Video"

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web:
"Designed for high school and college teachers and students, History Matters serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.

History Mystery:
"How would you like to become a great investigator - of history! I'm Professor Carlotta Facts, and I challenge you to solve the History Mystery! If you figure out the mystery in fewer clues, you earn a higher title as an investigator."
By Scholastic

The History Place: John F. Kennedy Photo History:
This annotated photo gallery of Kennedy's life is divided into four sections: Early Years, War Hero, Politician and President. As you progress through the gallery, click on the thumbnail photos for a larger view. The War Hero section tells the tale of how Jack entered politics, starting in 1939 London, where his father was serving as United States Ambassador to England. The History Place grants permission to use these photos in offline school reports.

House of Hohenzollern:
"Follow the traces of the prince electors of Brandenburg, kings of Prussia and German emperors."

How Everyday Things Are Made:
"If you've ever wondered how things are made - producdts like candy, cars, airplanes, or bottles - or if you've been interested in manufacturing processes, like forging, casting, or injection molding, then you've come to the right place."

How To Use Primary Sources:
The New Jersey Historical Society offers four sample lessons online that illustrate wise instructional use of primary source documents.

Hudson River Museum:

ibiblio: The Public's Library and Digital Archive :
An extensive collection of freely available information on subjects such as music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center:

Illusion and Delusion: The Watergate Decade:

Imaging Everest: The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG):
Photos of the history of Everest, the Tibetan people, sherpas, expeditions of the 20s and 30s, the 1953 expedition, and more.

Indian Mounds of Mississippi:
This site is a guide to these mounds, built between 100 B.C. & 1700 A.D. to bury important members of tribes & to serve as platforms for temples or residences of chiefs. This website highlights 11 mound sites & includes itineraries & three essays that provide historical context for these sites.

Independence National Historic Park:
This site presents portraits & descriptions of Nathanael Greene, Alexander Hamilton, John Paul Jones, George Washington, & more than two dozen other battlefield heroes of the American Revolution.

Index of American Design:
"The Index of American Design consists of approximately 18,000 watercolor renderings of American decorative arts objects from the colonial period through the nineteenth century. Produced between 1935 and 1942, this visual archive reflects the expanding interest in American material culture that began to emerge at that time."

Indian Country Wisconsin:

Inside the White House:

Inside the White House:
"First day on the job! You got the nomination, you campaigned, you won. Then you took the oath of office, made the first speech of your administration, and danced the night away. But now it's morning in America -- time to face the Oval Office. It's YOUR chance to be President of the United States. Let's see how you do." Other fun clicks include silly things White House children have done (go to Kids) or the clickable map of the White House neighborhood (choose Mapping.) Teachers will like the grade-level classroom activities found under Learn More.

Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability:
"Our research aims to discover new knowledge about life's diversity and the process of evolution and to rapidly apply that knowledge to sustain life on the planet. International Herald Tribune:

The International Time Capsule Society:
"The International Time Capsul Society (ITCS) is an organization established in 1990 to promote the careful study of time capsules. it strives to document all types of time capsules throughout the world."

Internet Medieval Sourcebook:

"Worldclock and Timezones: The Whole World on ONE page!!"

"Information you can trust"Search engine with "Ask an ipl2 Librarian"

IWitness: One Voice at a Time:
"Over 1,300 video testimonies, multimedia activites, digital resources - the place to participate actively in learning. Connects students with the past, Engages them in the present, Motivates them to build a better tomorrow"
by the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, The Institute for Visual HIstory and Education

Jackie Robinson:

Jackie Robinson:

Jackie Robinso Foundation:
The official site

Jamestown Changes:
by EDSITEment: The Best of the Humanities on the Web

The Jamestown Online Adventure:
Take a trip back in time and take on the role of Captain of the Jamestown Colony. It's your job to
establish a successful settlement. Can you do better than the real colonists? You'll have a copy of "London Company's Instructions" to guide you, plus your colonists and nearby Native Americans to ask for advice.

The Japan Times:

The Jerusalem Post:

Jigsaw Puzzles:

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum:

Just for Kids:
The North Carolina Courts website offers information that is designed especially for children.

Keys Ranch: Where Time Stood Still:
This site tells the story of Bill Keys, whose ranch was the center of a desert network of homesteaders & miners in the early 1900s. In the 1890s, at age 15, Keys left his Russian parents' home in Nebraska to work at mills, mines, & cattle ranches. In 1917, he filed on an 80-acre homestead under the Homestead Act & began building the ranch. To support his family, he raised goats, chickens, & cattle; grew fruits & vegetables; & operated a stamp mill (which crushes rock to remove gold & other minerals). He battled the constant lack of water by digging deep wells by hand, constructing windmills, & damming canyons surrounding the ranch. Convicted of manslaughter in a dispute with a neighbor over the right to use a road, he served a five-year sentence after which he earned a pardon.

Kidon Media-Link:
News from newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and news agencies around the world translated in many languages. A safe place ot learn and play:
This is a portal for kid-tailored government and other sites, including the perennially fascinating ones of the FBI, CIA and White House. FirstGov for Kids also links to the Smithsonian Institution, NASA space photos and special collections at the Library of Congress (including rough drafts of the Declaration of Independence). And there's lots of information for kids and parents on how to protect kids' privacy online.

Kids in the Castle: Lessons, Activities, and Vitual Tours!:

"Games, news, contests, puzzles, and fun activities for kids

Kids Stuff:
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch

Kids Voting USA:
A national nonprofit organization that aims to teach students about the concepts of citizenship, civic responsibility, democracy, and the importance of political participation. Participating students have the opportunity to cast a Kids Voting ballot on election day, voting on the same candidates and issues as the adults. The site includes information for teachers, as well as Civics Alive! activities for grades K-12 and Destination Democracy service-learning activities for high school students.

Kingston, New York:

Labyrinth, Resources for Medieval Studies:
Sponsored by Georgetown University

Lawrence Union Free School District:

Learning From London Town:
"This site presents opportunities for study of teh 18th century lost town of London, Maryland from the integrated perspective of archaeological finds, archival records, and material culture."

The Learning Network:
"Teaching & Learning with the New York Times"

Leif Ericsson:
Most people popularly believe that Christopher Columbus was the first European to discover America, but history often claims that seafaring Leif Ericsson was the true American pioneer. This site is an illustrated account of how Leif Ericsson sailed to the shores of North America roughly 1000 years ago. Among the site's myriad learning resources is a link to the story of a modern-day crew who retraced Ericsson's voyage in a 54-foot replica of a Viking ship.

Lewis & Clark: Mapping the West:
Developed cooperatively by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, the Library of Congress, and EdGate, this Lewis and Clark site brings the journey of the American explorers to life with digitized, explore-it-yourself maps from the actual cross-country journey. The site also contains historical accounts and lesson plans, which provide educators a unique opportunity to use technology to spur exciting online research projects or WebQuests.

Liberty: The Americdan Revolution:
Use PBS's Liberty! site to learn about the American Revolution, and then let your students make decisions with an interactive simulation on the war.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution:
This site "provides an accessible and lively introduction to the French Revolution as well as an extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence form the Revoluion, including 338 texts, 245 images, and a number of maps and songs."

Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web:
"Explore the rich variety of topics, images, and materials featured in online exhibitions from libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums around the world."

Library of Congress - Teachers:
"The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library's vast digital collections in theri teaching."

Life in a Medieval Castle:

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial -- Lincoln City, Indiana:
When you are a great president, the places where you lived all become important. People want to visit those to try to learn how they influenced the man. Abraham Lincoln, the16th president, was born in Kentucky. When he was seven years old, his family moved to a pioneer homestead in Indiana. Lincoln spent fourteen years there, growing up, losing his mother and becoming a man. T
he site recreates a typical homestead with a cabin, outbuildings, farm animals, gardens, and crop fields. Costumed rangers perform activities typical of the 1820's.

Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes:
This site describes the lifesaving stations constructed from 1871-1915 along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, & Great Lakes to rescue ships in trouble. Little Kinnakeet was among the first seven constructed on North Carolina's treacherous Outer Banks in 1874.

Log Cabins in America: The Finnish Experience:
This site tells why the log cabin was popular & important in settling the American frontier. The log cabins, barns, school, & other buildings examined by this website were constructed by Finnish settlers around Long Valley, Idaho, between 1900 & 1930.

Lonely Planet:

Lower East Side Tenement Museum:
Explore the tenement building at 97 Orchard Street in New York City to learn about the lives of the people who lived there between 1870 and 1935. When you are finished with the tour, use public records to create a virtual history of your house or of another building in your community.

The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
"Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942

MapMaker 1-Page Maps:
"Customize one-page maps and download, email, print, or share!" by National Geographic education

Here is a real test of students' knowledge of the fifty states. They will drag and drop the state form into the blank continental map. State abbreviations are highlighted as the mouse passes over them. Flash required.

The Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum:
Museum of a Kansas couple's trips in Africa

Mary Ann Patten: Clipper Ship Heroine:
"Mary Ann Patten was the first woman in history to take full command of a merchant sailing ship." Lesson for Grades 5-10

The Middle Ages: Twelve Activities Take Students Back in Time:

The Miller Center:
"The MIller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy and political history, providing critical insights for the nation's governance challenges."

The Mint:
This cleanly designed site includes everything your students need to know about money, including how it's made, how to spend it, and, most importantly, how to save it. Students can begin to understand their own roles in the economy, as well as read about common economic terms like inflation. In this high-tech era, the site serves students well by giving them ideas about becoming entrepreneurs. There are sections for kids, teens, parents, teachers, and young adults.

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans & the U.S. Constitution:
On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 authorizing military authorities to exclude "any and all persons" from designated areas of the country as was necessary for national security. The result was the mass removal and internment of more than 120,000 men, women, and children of Japanese ancestry, some for up to three years, until the end of World War II. The online exhibit "A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans & the U.S. Constitution," from the Smithsonian Institution, examines this period in United States history from a number of perspectives, including immigration, removal, internment, loyalty, service, and justice. The site also features a special area for reflection by visitors. Classroom activities can be found under the Resources link at the bottom of the page, and these include suggestions for using the activity in elementary, middle, and high schools to teach about the exclusion orders and the internment process. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and the reaction by the Bush administration, this site is a great opportunity for educators to compare how American wartime policy has evolved since World War II.

If you don't already know about Mr. Dowling's virtual classroom, be sure to bookmark this site immediately.  History and geography teachers can easily comb through the multitude of locales found here and instantly come up with engaging content and pictures of not only geographical features, but prominent social issues as well. The information on global destinations is so extensive that it often covers themes on prehistory to the present. In addition, be sure to take advantage of downloadable lesson plans, notes, and homework assignments or find interesting sound bytes featuring Mr. Dowling's own voice.

"Think of "Multiculturalpedia" as an encyclopedia where you can enjoy learning about other cultures."

The Museum of Hoaxes:

Museum of Online Museums:
MoOM includes links to some of the most popular online exhibits around the world as well as a helalthy sample of off-the-beat displays, such as Toothpaste World and the Comprehensive Gallery of Airline Meals.

Museum of the History of Science:
"The Museum of the History of Science houses an unrivaled collection of early scientific insturments in hte world's oldest surviving prupose-built building, the Old Ashmolean on Broad Street, Oxford."

The Museum of Unnatural Mystery:

My Hero:
"The mission of the MY HERO is to use media and technology to celebrate the best of humanity and to empower people of all ages to realize their own potential to effect positive change in the world."

My Next Move:
High school students are fascinated, and often worried, about what they'll do after graduation. The Department of Labor's career tool can help them figure it all out.

Nation Master:
The Nation Master is a resource for finding out any number of current details about just about any country in the world. For easy reference, the main Web page features the most frequently requested
stats, such as televisions and military expenditures per capita. Nation Master also allows visitors the option of creating their own graphs in order to effectively compare different nations. The site also
has links to national profiles. Additionally, the site has a search engine, and a place where visitors can read short facts on the different countries. Apart from being interesting to browse through, the site will be
helpful for students looking for basic statistics on the world's different countries.

The National Archives:
"As the government's national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom, we hold over 1,000 years of the nation's records."

National Atlas of the United States of America
The U.S. Department of the Interior provides online maps of every part of the country. Students can make their own maps, explore volcanoes, and order printed or multi-media maps.

National Climatic Data Center:
by NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Geographic:

National Geographic Kids:

National History Day:

National Jukebox:
The ragtime recordings on the National Jukebox can inspire students with pop culture circa 1910. You can also stir them with President Taft's speech on prosperity, move them with Marian Anderson's rendition of "Go Down Moses" or wow them with George Gershwin playing "Rhapsody in Blue." The audio treasure chest provides free online access to 10,000 samples of historic sound - from jazz, blues and opera to patriotic speeches, yodeling and storytelling.

National Library of Australia:

National Post:

National Portrait Gallery:

National Geographic's MapMachine:
Offers a wealth of detailed, searchable atlas maps. You will find dynamic maps showing topographical features, flags, facts and satellite images from space. You can also customize and print black-line maps, check out links to geographical data and learn about cartography.
Free registration required.

The National Security Archive:
The George Washington University

The National WWII Museum New Orleans:
Interactive Country Comparisons

This site is free and lets you design your own nation/state with telegrams coming to you, as well as messages and issues to decide.

NativeTech: Native Amerian Technology and Art: Games and Toys:

Navajo Code Talkers: World War II Fact Sheet:
Navajo code talkers took part in every assault the U.S. Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945, transmitting messages by telephone and radio in their native language -- a code that the Japanese
never broke. This is a great example of language skills that played a role in history.

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum:
This site has symbols, geography, schools, etc. for all of the states.

New York History Net:

New York Times Learning Network:
With news, activities and lesson plans for grades three through high-school, the New York Times Learning Network has something for everyone



News, Views, & More For Voyaging Boaters:

No Trivial Matter:
"Accuracy in Medieval Trivia"

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Web site:
Iinformation about the structure and history of NATO, its members, the Alliance, and the latest NATO news. The site includes an online library, photographs, and links to other international organizations.

Not for Ourselves Alone:
"Experience the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton adn Susan B. Anthony- at home or in the classroom. Track key events in the suffrage movement, delve into historic documents and essays, and take a look at where women are today."

Nuremberg Trials Project: a Digital Document Collection:
"The Harvard Law School Library has approximately one million pages of documents relating to the trial of military and political leaders of Nazi Germany
before the International Military Tribunal (IMT) and to the twelve trials of other accused war criminals before the United States Nuremberg Military Tribunals (NMT)."

Obituaries 101:
This site offers state by state links to the obituary pages of online newspapers. Where the name of the newspaper does not specify the city, the editors add that information. The individual newspapers vary in their search capacities and the length of archives.

Official State Songs:

Ohio Historical Society:

The Ohio & Erie Canal: Catalyst of Economic Development for Ohio:
This site tells how the construction of this canal (1825-1832) transformed one of the poorest states in the Union in the 1820s into the third most prosperous by 1840. The 308-mile canal helped open New York & New Orleans markets for central Ohio farmers & traders. Stores & taverns sprang up along the canal. People in the vast wilderness were able to get goods from eastern ports -- cloth, glass, nails,
salt, coffee, & tea. The state's population nearly quadrupled from 1820 to 1850. In 1913, a flood devastated the canal beyond repair; however, the growth & development spurred by the construction of the canal system is the foundation of Ohio's economy today.

Our Documents:
Features 100 milestone documents in U.S. history.

U.S. Supreme Court Media: 1st Chicago-Kent College of Law

Panama Canal:

PBS NewsHour Extra:
"News for Students and Teacher Resources 7-12 Grade Level"

Peace Corps Challenge:
" is a non-commercial web site that presents information and statistics about the mountain peaks and mountain ranges of the world.
In addition, peakbaggers can log their ascents, post trip reports, and track their climbing activity. This stie is based on a large dynamic database of peaks, lists, ranges, and climbers."

Penn Museum:
"University of Pnnsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology"

Perseus Project:
Tufts University

Pew Research Center:
"Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping america and the world."

Picture History: The Primary Source for History Online:
"License digital images illustrating more than two hundred years of American history"

Pipestone, Minnesota:
This site features an area in the southwest corner of Minnesota that reflects a rich history of American Indian quarrying, prosperity brought by railroad & mining enterprises, & a distinctive natural landscape. This National Register of Historic Places Travel itinerary highlights 30 historic places, including buildings constructed with beautiful local red stone & land still sacred to Native Americans.

"Ahoy! Have ye heard the secret of this ramshackle inn where ye'r lodgin'? They say it's full of booty but nobody's been able to find it." Join this interactive National Geographic adventure, and while looking for the loot, you'll unearth tales of real pirates woven into the story line.

Plan a Vacation:
Test what
your students learned about the fifty states with this creative exercise. Each student can pick a state and create their own ideal holiday, mapping the route and writing a travel brochure on the tourist attractions. Assessments included.

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project:
"This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of m=numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies."

Taking a poll is a way to find out what voters are thinking.  Polls keep candidates in touch with public opinion so they can win elections.  Candidates use polls to decide what messages are important to the voters, check to see if the messages are working, see how they stack up against the other candidates, plan the campaign so they take the right steps as well as spend their money wisely and at the best time to influence the voters.
How a poll is taken:
1. The candidate and his or her staff decide what they need to know.
2. The pollsters make up the questions.  These questions must be clear and fair.   They usually ask several questions about the same subject, for example;  Do you think Candidate X is honest? Do you think Candidate X is less honest than other politicians?  Is candidate X honest enough to be elected? 
3. The pollsters then test the questions to make certain they get accurate results.
The pollsters identify a sample, or small group, to interview to find out what the whole group of voters is thinking.  Every person in the area has an equal chance of being called. 
4. Pollsters might use a voter list.
5. The pollsters interview the people by asking exactly the same question to each person called on the phone.
6. The pollsters use computers and special math formulas to get the results.
7. The pollsters report the results so the candidate can use them.

Pompeii Forum Project:

POP Goes Antarctica?:
What does it take to be a scientist on Antarctica? How do you sterilize lab equipment? Students explore this website to find out about Antarctica and the work being done there to study Persistent Organic Pollutants. Student activities really try to put students in the real world of this project.

Popular Songs in American History:

Presidential Baseball:
What do Richard Nixon and Pete Rose have in common? Test both your baseball and Presidential trivia IQ's at this fun, interactive game site. There is also a baseball game comparing Supreme Court Judges and baseball players.

Principal Rivers of the World:

PRISM (Polar Radar for Ice Sheet Measurements):

ProTeacher Directory - United States Lesson Plans:
This Web site is "a friendly exchange of ideas" for "Teachers inf grades 4-6."

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London, 1674-1913:

Project Vote Smart:
Provides information about candidates and elected officials

Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Rainforest Education: A learning resource for students of nature of all ages!:
"Your Online Resource for Recalls"

Recipes of Asia:
Cuisine, Culture & History of Asian Food

Reference and User Services Association: RUSA:
A division of the American Library Association

"What inspired this age of balance and order?"
Annenberg Learner: Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Roadside Attractions:
This site is a lesson in which students examine five examples of roadside architecture built in the 1920s & 30s to catch the eye of passing motorists. They include the Teapot Dome Service Station, the Big Duck poultry store, & the Benewah Milk Bottle.

RoadsidePeek: An Adventure in Time:
"Roadside Peek will take you on a roadside journey in time. Travel the road along the old routes across America.
See the old motels, bowling alleys, drive-in theatres, neon signs, petrol pumps, google sites, tiki villages, and other roadside treasures, including Route 66."

Robben Island Museum:
"From the 17th to the 20th centuries Robben Island served as a place of banishment, isolation and imprisonment. Today it is a world Heritage Site and museum, a poignant reminder to the newly democratic South Africa of the price paid for feedom."

Rock the Vote:
aims to encourage young people to take advantage of their right to vote. The Web site includes information on voter registration and election issues.

The Roman Empire - Children's Section:
This site offers several on site resources for studying Ancient Rome, with a brief historical overview, a section on Roman achievements, the Roman gods, and the architects, engineers, and builders. Also find interactive maps on both the city of Rome and the Roman empire, as well as pages for Roman dress and housing.

Rosa Parks: How I Fought For Civil Rights:

"This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government (and de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions) of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases." You can find lists by month of the comings and goings in national governments from 1996 to the present.

Run for Your Lives! The Johnstown Flood of 1889:
Commemorates the most devastating flood in the U.S. in the 19th century & the greatest national catastrophe in the post-Civil War era. At 4:07 on the chilly, wet afternoon of May 31, 1889, the inhabitants Johnstown, Pennsylvania, heard a low rumble that grew to a "roar like thunder." Some knew immediately what had happened: the South Fork Dam, after a night of heavy rain, had broken. The break sent a 36-foot wall of water rolling at 40 miles per hour toward Johnstown, a town of 30,000 people. More than 2,200 people were killed.

Scholastic News:

Scholasic + Weekly Reader:
"Two Respected Names. Now One Amazing Magazine"

"News matters. 21st-century skills"

Scrambled Dinosaurs:
"Click on the head, body, or tail of the dinosaur to change that part."

SeaWorld/Busch Gardens - Geography:
Grades 4-8 Classroom Geography

Secrets of Lost Empires:
Nova Site that explores "Medieval Siege, Pharaoh's Obelisk, Easter Island, Roman Bath, China Bridge"

Selected Civil War Photographs:

Ship of Gold:
"In September 1957 the steam ship SS CENTRAL AMERICA, filled with 578 passengers and crew members, 38,000 pieces of mail, and 21 tons of gold from the California gold fields, sank in a hurricane off the Carolina coast." Lesson for grades 6-10

The Skyscraper Museum:
The Skyscraper Museum has documents about historic New York buildings by connecting the digitized images to an interactive map of Manhattan.

Smithsonian Kids: Collecting:

Social Studies Center:
"Learning resources for social studies programs from Harcourt Brace School Publishers"

South Dakota State Government Website:


State Pizza: After studying your state's geography, students make a pizza.  Roll out the dough and shape it to resemble your state.  Review the different regions and geographical features.  Students add yummy toppings to represent specific features: major rivers=green pepper strips, heavily populated areas=ground beef, major cities=sliced olives, lakes=mushrooms, mountains=pepperoni.

States and Capitals:
A fun collection of state facts, trivia and links. If you are trying to memorize the state capitals or postal abbreviations, you can quiz yourself from the list of states on the home page. To see the answers, linger your mouse over the manilla folder next to each state. Other quirky highlights include a link to each state's most famous permanent residents (those in graves), links to each state's license plates (current and historical) and live Web cams from each state.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.:
Explore Ellis Island, the Immigration Museum and the Statue of Liberty State Park. Offers research
facilities to trace family heritage.

Statue of Liberty Paper Cutout:
Print, color, cut, fold and glue to create your own three-dimensional Statue of Liberty from

Statue of Liberty NYC:

Supreme Court of the United States:
Students can read a brief overview of the court, or study its building's history, all in PDF format.  For ambitious students, the site includes the rules of the court, as well as documents about the court's opinions over the years.

Supreme Court Jigsaw:

Surrounded by Beauty:
"An Introduction to Native American History and Culture"

Teaching a People's History - The Zinn Education Project:
This Web site is a companion to A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. The project offers downloadable lessons and articles that emphasize the role of social movements, working people, women, and people of color. Material, organized by theme, time period and reading level, includes a wide range of topics like Chicano rights, the farm labor movement, the Vietnam war and climate change.

Teaching With Historic Places:

Teaching Teachers:
"National Committee for Research and Technology in Educational Communities"

The Telegraph:


"ThisNation is a repository of basic information, resources and historical documents related to American Government and Politics. Our primary goal is to promote more effecive participation in the American political system by providing factual, non-partisan information about government and politics in the United States of America."

Time For Kids:

Timeline Generator:
Create either a vertical or a horizontal time line for your social studies projects with this online template and timeline generator.

The Times:

The Times of India -

To Market To Market:
"A Study of the Colonial Economy from 1600-1750"

Today in History:
This site by the Library of Congress features a different person or event in history each day. Past features include Frederick Douglass, Woodrow Wilson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Banneker, Rosa Parks, Samuel Slater, Louisa May Alcott, Radio City Music Hall, the Wright brothers' first flight, the Bill of Rights, the Gadsden Purchase, the Federal Reserve System, the Wounded Knee massacre, Pearl Harbor, the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction, & more.

The Tower of London:
A Camelot International site

Town of Goshen (NY):

Town of Wallkill (NY):

Town of Woodstock (NY): Colony of the Arts:

Travel the World, Learn Geography, Get Vacation Ideas:

The Tribune: Online Edition from Chandiqarh, India:

Twenty-five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events:

An Uncommon Mission: An Uncommon Mission:
Father Jerome Tupa Paints the California Missions

The Underground Railroad:
This National Geographic Education site allows you to go on the journey to the North from a slave's point of view and follow their path as they try to escape from their southern bondage. You can "visit safe houses which Harriet Tubman actually used" and see pictures. There are maps of her actual routes and information describing how she traveled them.

United Nations CyberSchoolBus: 
"global teaching and liearning project"

United States Census Bureau:

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website has several resources for educators to explore how Holocaust history and contemporary issues of genocide and anti-Semitism can be included in their curricula. The site has links to Holocaust lesson plans, guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust, an online educator wrokshop and video testimony from Holocaust survivors and collaborators.

The US50 - A guide to the fifty states:

U.S.A. Corner:

U.S. Air Force:

U. S. and World Geography: Free Maps:

The U.S. Civil War 1861-1865:
The History Place presents the Civil War as an illustrated time line from Lincoln's election (November 6, 1860) to the ratification of the thirteenth amendment and the official end to American slavery (December 6, 1865.) Sometimes shorter is sweeter, and this single page synopsis hits the high points, and is an easy place to get key Civil War dates for school reports. Click on the underlined links or thumbnails to view the photographs.

U.S. Department of State: Diplomacy in Action: Government Made Easy:

The University of Wisconsin Digital Collection:

Valley Forge National Historic Park:
Looks at this famous campsite that marked a turning point in the American Revolution. By the fall of 1777, General Washington had suffered more defeats than victories. He sought a winter campsite that would allow observation of the British army without exposure to surprise attack. In December, he led 12,000 men into Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, for a 6-month encampment while the British camped 20 miles away in Philadelphia. The winter was severe. Nearly 2,000 American soldiers died of disease. But the Continental Army learned discipline & organization here that, coupled with French assistance on land & sea, helped turn the tide of the war.

Valley of the Shadow: Two communities in the American Civil War:
"The Valley Project detqails life in two American communities, one Northern and one Southern, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the era of Reconstruction."

Vatican Museums:
Take a virtual tour, zooming in on images you want to see in greater detail.

Vietnam Women's Memorial Foundation:

Virtual Tour Of the Revolutionary War:
"The Philadelphia Campaign 1777: FRom Rebels to Marure Army"

"The center and home of VRoma's virtual community is an online "place", a virtual learning environment built upon a spatial and cultural metaphor of ancient Rome..."

The Washington Poste: KidsPost:

Watergate Affair:

Watergate Scandal:

Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890:
Presents letters, business papers, photos, maps, ship logbooks, & narratives that can help students understand the story of American's travel by sea to settle California, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, & the Pacific Northwest. Themes illustrated by these materials, selected from Mystic Seaport's collection, include whaling, life at sea, the California Gold Rush, & native populations.

The White House:
The official site

White House Historical Association:

The Whole World Was Watching an oral history of 1968:
Interviews with people who lived in 1968 by high school students, projects about the interviews, RealPlayer of the interviews by college students

Wild-Eyed Alaska:
"Imagine watching a bald eagle close up. Or joining a puffin inside its burrow. Or plunging over rocky cliffs into the water to gaze at giant barnacles and other sea life. Now you can do all this and more virtually." Wild-Eyed Alaska is a collection of six videos created by remote-control cameras on Gull Island in Kachemak Bay. Kachemak Bay (about 200 miles south of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula) is the largest of twenty-three sites in the U.S. National Estuarine Research Reserve System and the only one in Alaska.

Will Americe Fall Apart Like the Maya?:
How does the trend toward globalization affect American interests? The premise of this webquest considers how America might be adversely affected in any future scenario, by reflecting upon great civilizations of the past--in this case, the focus is on the Mayan empire. Students will address a presentation to the President on their findings of why societies fail. (Note that this site was written during Clinton's presidency; simply update it by plugging in the current president where appropriate.)

Will the Real Sacagawea Please Stand Up?: A Play:

Wisconsin Public Television and Public Radio present an elections site that provides information on candidates running for state and federal office. Other sections include information on voter registration, audio clips of interviews with candidates, and lesson plans related to campaign advertising.

Women of Protest: Photographs from the Records of the National Woman's Party:
This is a selection of 448 of the approximately 2,650 photographs in the Records of the National Woman's Party, housed in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress. Representing the militant wing of the suffrage movement, the National Woman's Party effectively commanded the attention of politicians and the public alike through its aggressive agitation, relentless lobbying, creative publicity stunts and disarming examples of civil disobedience. It used tableaus, parades, demonstrations and picketing, as well as its members' arrests, imprisonment and hunger strikes, to spur public discussion and win publicity for the suffrage cause.

World Atlas:

The World Bank:
"Working for a World Free of Poverty"

World Clocks:

World War II:
Read and watch short videos

World War II Records:

World War II Speaches & Audio:

Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before:
"Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest."
" provides an understanding of the information that shapes opinions and views in other societies."

Yahoo! News:

Yiddish Radio Project:
Preserves recordings from the golden age of Yiddish radio (1930s-50s). Online exhibits include "Yiddish melodies in Swing," the history of Yiddish radio, "Rabbi Rubin's Court of the Air," radio dramas of Nahum Stutchkoff, "Levine & His Flying Machine," & commercials on Yiddish radio. Audio clips accompany each exhibit.


This site began in March 1998 and was created by Janet Luch.  This page was last updated on July 8, 2014
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