I created this page for links to history and social studies related sites that I think are cool. If you have any suggestions that you've found, let me know!
- Smithsonian- 101 Objects That Made America- There have been many lists like this one in recent years. It started when the London Museum and the BBC made a list called, "World History in 100 Objects." The Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C., made this list of objects that tell the story of America.
- American Heritage archives- The magazine American Heritage was a fabulous source of historical information that has been around for more than 50 years. If you're ever doing a project about anything from American history, check out their back issues first. You're likely to be able to find an article that they've written on it. The only drawback is that it doesn't include the illustrations that accompanied each article.
- 200 Years of Immigration- A cool animated map that shows where immigrants were coming from.
- Animated Atlas- This animated map shows the growth of the United States in a very dramatic fashion. Play with the map by pausing at key spots. Use the cursor to select states. Slide the arrow on the timeline at the bottom of the screen. This map is great to study with.
- C-SPAN 50 State Capitals tour- C-SPAN, the cable channel, is in the process of visiting each of the 50 state capitals and is posting tours of the buildings here. As I'm typing this (in Nov. 2018), there are only a few states that they haven't done.
- Jamestown 2007- The celebration in Virginia to mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown colony.
Buffalo and Western New York history-
- West Seneca Historical Sites- A Google map of West Seneca Historical Sites from the West Seneca Historical Society's webpage.
- Buffalo in 1836- This video is an amazing look at Buffalo as it appeared in 1836. It includes many computer generated birds-eye views of the city, complete with animated people and carriages, birds and clouds. The work that went into it is impressive, and the sites it shows are pretty interesting.
Because you Asked for It:
- Inflation Calculator- When a dollar amount comes up in our discussions of history, students often ask what that means in today's money. Like, if the Louisiana Purchase cost $15,000,000 in 1803, how much would that money be worth today. I never like those questions, because there are so many factors in trying to understand what that even means. What does an iPhone cost today? What did an iPhone cost in 1803? How much of an average American's income today.
- Declaration of Independence at the National Archives- As we were discussing the Declaration of Independence in class, I had a lot of students ask me about the condition of the actual document. I assume that the movie National Treasure has a lot to do with your curiosity, but this document has a fascinating history of its own.
- Lincoln/Kennedy Assassination Coincidences- I had a number of people tell me that there are amazing coincidences in the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. I remember reading about that list when I was in middle school in a "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" article and I have seen it many times since then. In actuality, the "coincidences" are not as remarkable as they first appear. Snopes.com does a great job of logically analyzing these "facts." It is also a great website for the real story on many other urban legends you have probably read or heard.