We're sending you our best wishes for the start of the school year! As you begin the year, our team wanted to be sure you were all aware of some new resources on Smithsonian's History Explorer:
Invite your students to consider the relationship between history and memory with our new Time Trials activity sets. Based on our successful theater program, these videos and related lesson plans will allow your class to discuss the actions and historical legacies of hero and traitor of the American Revolution Benedict Arnold and radical abolitionist John Brown. Students present their perspectives and can hear from Arnold and Brown on the reasons behind their actions.
Explore the science of sound with our new acoustics videos. Curator Steve Turner brings acoustics instruments from the Museum's collections to life in these videos.
Our monthly podcast series continued this summer with an introduction to the history of weather prediction, the importance of conducting oral histories and overview of our jazz oral history program, and the story of the early modern Olympics.
If you could choose five objects that represent you, what would they be? Discuss identity, the stories behind objects, and help students get to know each other with our new Object Portrait activity.
You'll now also find blog posts by curators at the Museum when searching History Explorer, to provide both teachers and students with secondary material historical issues and events from our experts.
We hope you find these new resources valuable for the new year!
National Museum of American History