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Alcatraz Island
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Alcatraz is home to one of the world's most infamous prisons. From the 1930s to 1960s, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security prison, housing inmates such as Al Capone and George Machine Gun Kelly. Before the prison was created, the island was home to American Indians. Today, it is one of San Francisco's most prominent tourist attractions.

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Arts and Humanities
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National Park Service
Date Added:
07/15/2003
An American Success Story: The Pope House of Raleigh, NC
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tells the story of Manassa Pope, the first black man to receive a medical license in North Carolina (1886). After practicing medicine and helping establish a drug store and insurance company in Charlotte, Pope moved his family to Raleigh. There he continued his medical practice, built an elegant house (equipped with the latest technologies) located in the best place allowed for a black family in a segregated city. He later ran for mayor.

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U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
11/10/2005
Back Stairs at Brucemore: Life as Servants in Early 20th Century America
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looks at the role of servants at a 33-acre estate during the early 1900s. The 21-room mansion was built in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the 1880s with a separate entrance, dining area, and stairs for servants. Servants cleaned house, supervised children, washed laundry, cooked meals, cared for the garden and farm animals, and maintained carriages and cars. Floor plans, photos, and diary excerpts are included.

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Arts and Humanities
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National Park Service
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Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
01/15/2004
The Battle of Bennington: An American Victory
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recounts a small but important triumph in the summer of 1777. For two months, General John Burgoyne led his army along the Lake Champlain-Hudson River corridor, capturing several American forts. In August, however, finding himself in need of provisions, wagons, and horses, he sent a force to Bennington, Vermont, to capture these supplies. What happened there contributed to the British defeat at Saratoga and helped decide the outcome of the war.

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Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
National Park Service
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Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
11/26/2003
The Battle of Midway: Turning the Tide in the Pacific
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examines a pivotal World War II battle. In the spring of 1942, Japan attempted to establish a toehold in the Aleutian Islands, convert Midway into an air base for invading Hawaii, and lure the U.S. Pacific Fleet into a final battle that would finish it off. The Japanese fleet depended on radio codes that codebreakers in Hawaii and Washington, D.C. worked around the clock to interpret. This website tells how they broke the code and ended Japan's advance across the Pacific.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/11/2003
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
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features Monroe Elementary, the school attended in 1950 by third grader Linda Brown. Because she was black, Brown was barred from attending a white school much closer to her home. The cases brought by father and others led to the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in 1954 that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Park Service
Date Added:
04/28/2004
Camp Misty Mount: A Place for Regrowth
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features a recreational demonstration area in western Maryland where land had been purchased during the 1930's to be transformed into a productive recreation area that would help put people back to work during the Great Depression.

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U.S. History
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Provider:
National Park Service
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Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
06/30/2000
Catch Up on Tomato Technology
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This lesson is a tool to demonstrate how various technological advances have changed the tomato and the tomato industry over the years. The technology includes both selective breeding and genetic engineering.

Subject:
Biology
Genetics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
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NGSS@NSTA
Date Added:
02/16/2018
Choices and Commitments: The Soldiers at Gettysburg
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aims to help students understand the Gettysburg Campaign and the major actions of the armies during each day of the battle, as well as the motives and experiences of several participants in the battle. It offers readings, maps, photos, and activities for students.

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U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Reading
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/07/2000
Decatur House: A Home of the Rich and Powerful
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examines the life of Stephen Decatur, a naval hero who died as a result of a duel in 1820, and considers the role the house he built played in the political and social scene of the nation's capital up to the 20th century.

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U.S. History
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Activity/Lab
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National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
02/25/2000
Effigy Mounds National Monument Teacher's Guide
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This site provides more than 40 lesson ideas developed by teachers to help students learn about Eastern Woodland Native Americans who lived in the upper Mississippi River valley (southwestern Wisconsin and northeast Iowa) from about 500 BC to 1300 AD and who built effigies -- ceremonial burial mounds shaped to represent bears, eagles, falcons, bison, deer, turtles, lizards, and other creatures.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Date Added:
03/21/2001
The Emerald Necklace: Boston's Green Connection
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recounts the creation of a series of parks in Boston in the 1880s. At that time, Boston was crammed with buildings and people. It was overcrowded, noisy, and dirty. City officials, concerned about the health and well-being of Bostonians, hired Frederick Law Olmsted, who had designed Central Park in New York, to create a park system that wove together a series of small parks?gardens, waterways, meadows, tree museums, and others?into what became known as Boston's Emerald Necklace.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/11/2003
Fire Adaptations
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Using this lesson plan students will be more aware of how plants and animals adapt to wildland fire. They will: Discuss the adaptive strategies of plants and animals to survive fire. Observe plants and animals in your local area. Design a plant or animal that is adapted for fire survival.

Subject:
Botany
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
NPS Fire and Aviation Management
Date Added:
02/04/2020
First Battle of Manassas: An End to Innocence
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looks at the first conflict of the Civil War, the battle of Bull Run. More than 5,000 people perished -- Northern and Southern troops, as well as private citizens who came from Washington, D.C., to watch. Personal stories, maps, and photos show how this battle shocked the nation into realizing that the conflict was not some romantic adventure and that it would be longer and more costly than anyone had imagined.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/06/2000
Florida Shipwrecks: 300 Years of Maritime History
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This is a travel itinerary featuring 13 historic shipwrecks in waters near Florida, a convergence point for maritime trade routes. Learn about the historical significance of these 13 shipwrecks. See photos and an essay on Florida maritime history.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Maritime Science
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Park Service
Date Added:
08/02/2007
Fort Hancock: A Bastion of America's Eastern Seaboard
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is a lesson that uses this fort, built in the late 1800s to defend New York Harbor, as the basis for examining issues in U.S. defense policy and military preparedness during that time.

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Arts and Humanities
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/10/2003
Fort Morgan and the Battle of Mobile Bay
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presents firsthand accounts, maps, and more pertaining to this Civil War conflict (August 5, 1864) in which Union Admiral David Farragut led about 20 ships and vessels into the torpedo-filled Mobile Bay.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
02/28/2001
Frederica: An 18th-Century Planned Community
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recounts British efforts to establish Georgia as a utopia in the American wilderness (1730s) and to fortify the colony against Spanish encroachment, in part through the creation of a fort and military town on St. Simons Island, Georgia.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
03/08/2001
The Gettysburg Battlefield -- Virtual Tour
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Describes with photos and text the three-day battle that marked the turning point in the Civil War. The site gives detailed descriptions of each day of the battle and further texts about the various generals involved.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Park Service
Date Added:
07/25/2000