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Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story
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This site explores how Adeline Hornbek, single mother of four, defied traditional gender roles to become the owner of a successful ranch under the Homestead Act.

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Arts and Humanities
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Provider:
National Park Service
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Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/13/2000
Allegheny Portage Railroad: Developing Transportation Technology
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shows the innovative transportation system used in the 1820s-1840s to tow railroad cars up and down the steep slopes of the Allegheny Mountains.

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Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
03/06/2001
At a Crossroads: The King of Prussia Inn
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recounts the history of this inn, built originally as a farmhouse in 1719 at an intersection of two roads northwest of Philadelphia, not far from Valley Forge. The inn provided hospitality to travelers when the colony was just a scattering of farms. In part because of its location, it became a prosperous tavern, inn, and social center for the evolving community of the same name.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
11/17/2005
Attu: North American Battleground of World War II
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is the site of the only land battle on the North American continent during World War II. In June 1942, Japanese forces invaded Attu and other Aleautian islands. Americans feared the islands would be used as a staging area to attack the mainland. The U.S. had to regain the Aleutians at all costs.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/08/2003
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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
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.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
11/26/2003
The Battle of Horseshoe Bend: Collisions of Cultures
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looks at the decisive battle of the Creek War (1813-1814), where Andrew Jackson fought 1,000 American Indian warriors who were trying to regain autonomy. It examines the history of the battle and provides maps, images, and readings.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
02/25/2000
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
The Battle of Oriskany: Blood Shed a Stream Running Down
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tells how long-standing prejudices and the Revolutionary War unleashed massive bloodshed among inhabitants of New York's Mohawk Valley. Located in rich farmland and at a strategic point in a fur trade route, the valley had been settled by European immigrants who had prospered from productive farms and lucrative trade. As war broke out, everyone had to choose sides: Rebel or Tory. It was not easy for many. Five hundred years of unity among the Six Nations was broken.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
07/11/2003
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: A Moravian Settlement in Colonial America
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looks at this area (along the Lehigh River) that became the center of industry and community for Moravians, a Protestant group that migrated to colonial America seeking opportunity and the chance to spread their religious beliefs.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
03/06/2001
Birthplace of John F. Kennedy: Home of the Boy Who Would Be President
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takes students to JFK's birthplace and to the neighborhood where he grew up. It was here that JFK's parents began instilling the high standards and ambition that would make the Kennedys one of America's most famous families. Students can investigate the Kennedy's family traditions, values, and interests to consider how family culture and community shapes one's character and personality.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Activity/Lab
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
02/25/2000
Brown v. Board: Five Communities That Changed America
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describes five cases the Supreme Court agreed to hear in 1952 under one title: Brown v. Board of Education. The cases originated in Delaware, Kansas, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Each contested the separate but equal doctrine of the Court's 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision, which by the 1950s had resulted in 17 states requiring racial segregation in public schools and 4 states allowing it.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
03/29/2005
Building America's Industrial Revolution: The Boott Cotton Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts
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features one of the oldest surviving textile mill complexes in the U.S. Learn how technology revolutionized the textile-manufacturing industry, and, in turn, affected mill architecture, city planning, and transportation.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
06/30/2000
The Building of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
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helps students realize the role canals played in western expansion and in the evolution of transportation by focusing on the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Students can read about George Washington's influence on the C & O Canal and the men and women who worked on or lived near canal.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
02/25/2000
Californio to American: A Study in Cultural Change
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looks at an area that was once part of an Indian village, then an outpost shelter for vaqueros (cowhands), and then the site where Californios (Spanish settlers in what is now the state of California) built small adobe dwellings in the midst of their cattle ranges. Successive owners altered one dwelling into the elegant 18-room ranch house there today -- Rancho Los Alamitos.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
03/06/2001
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.

Subject:
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
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Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
06/30/2000
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Train Town
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helps students see how geography and promotion combined to encourage the growth of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and how railroads shaped the organization and architecture of this and other cities from the mid-1800s to mid-1990s.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
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:
03/06/2001
Chesterwood: Workshop of an American Sculptor
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describes the work and estate of one of America's most important sculptors. Daniel Chester French (1850-1931) produced more than 100 works?the statue of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial?during a period when sculptors enjoyed high status. Models and sketches from the Lincoln project, which took nine years, are provided, as are photos of the farmhouse that he converted into his estate and workshop.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
U.S. History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Reading
Provider:
National Park Service
Provider Set:
Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP)
Date Added:
12/16/2003