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The Smithsonian’s History Explorer

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A new multimedia search engine for teachers of American history, this site aims to integrate Smithsonian holdings into school lesson plans.

One search on the site, for instance, turned up a Buffalo Soldier uniform worn by an African-American soldier fighting for the Union Army in the Civil War.

The Smithsonian says this project uses an applied-learning technique that emphasizes real-life objects to communicate a narrative of the American experience. The site also offers lesson plans and handouts to accompany a variety of history lessons.

—Timothy M. Ebner

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