Archive for 2009
Click any of the Lincoln-related objects below to open a PDF version which you can download and print.
Featured Virtual Exhibits:
- Smithsonian Education
- National Air and Space Museum
- National Museum of American History
- National Portrait Gallery
- National Postal Museum
- Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Smithsonian Photography Initiative
Other Smithsonian Units:
- Smithsonian Institution Building, the Castle
- Anacostia Community Museum
- Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
- Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
- Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
- Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center
- National Museum of African Art
- National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Museum of the American Indian
- National Museum of Natural History
- Heye Center, New York City
- National Zoological Park
- Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery
The mission of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies is to increase the Smithsonian Institution’s impact as a national educational organization.
www.SmithsonianEducation.org: The Gateway to Smithsonian Educational Resources:
SmithsonianEducation.org is a vast website with tons of stuff for kids, parents, and teachers.
Our Students section includes activities and games aimed at encouraging young people to follow their curiosity.
If you are planning a visit to the Smithsonian museums, first visit our Families section, where you’ll find tips on making the most of the experience, along with supplemental readings and activities.
Our Educators section includes a database of more than 1,600 Smithsonian lesson plans and other educational resources. All are searchable by subject, grade level, and applicability to state standards. For a tutorial on using the database, click on the audio tour below.
Here are some lesson plans related to this conference:
Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists In these lessons, students use the methods of archeologists to identify and interpret artifacts from a contemporary setting (Grades 4-8).
Native American Dolls Students examine handcrafted dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian, drawing connections between the objects and Native cultures, communities, and environments (Grades 4-8).
Perfectly Suited: Clothing and Social Change in America Students consider the connections between clothing and society, both past and present. The focus is on the nineteenth century (Grades 4-8).
Introduction to the Nature Journal Students exercise the observation skills that are essential to writing, visual art, and science.
Under the Spell of Spiders These lesson plans examine the important roles of that spiders play in the environment.
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The Smithsonian Photography Initiative introduces you to extraordinary collections of photographs and to an understanding of the integral roles photographs play in our lives.
Photography and the Smithsonian were born within a decade of each other in the mid-19th century. The fledgling Smithsonian was quick to adopt the camera to advance its mission, cataloging plant and animal species and documenting the grandeur of the American landscape as well as its original inhabitants. Photography brought the faraway near and made visible the previously invisible.
Today we have more than 13 million images in some seven hundred collections throughout our museums and research centers. The collections are organized by museum and discipline—for instance, the National Museum of Natural History holds natural science images in its collections, the National Air and Space Museum houses images of flight in its archives, and the National Museum of African Art holds photographs of Africa in its collections. We believe that the Smithsonian’s ability to look at photography broadly and in context makes the Institution unique. Beyond locating and describing the hundreds of Smithsonian photography collections, the SPI website lists all the current and upcoming photography programs that happen at the Smithsonian, both online and on the ground.
Merry A. Foresta, Director
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The National Postal Museum, a Smithsonian Institution museum, is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993.
The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibits, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world.
The National Postal Museum offers a variety of materials and services for educators and students.
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic aviation- and space-related objects in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.
The Museum has two display facilities. The National Mall building in Washington, D.C. has hundreds of artifacts on display including the original Wright 1903 Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 command module, and a lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center displays many more artifacts including the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay and Space Shuttle Enterprise.
The National Air and Space Museum offers a variety of free educational programs for school groups and organized youth groups. See http://www.nasm.si.edu/education for more information.
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|Lincoln and Ballooning Resources:|
Lincoln and Thaddeus Lowe Objects in the Collection
The Birth of the Balloon Art Collection
|Student Orientation Videos
These videos give students a preview of what they will see and things to know before coming to the National Air and Space Museum on the Naitonal Mall or the Udvar-Hazy Center.
Access the many teaching resources available from the National Air and Space Museum.
Smithsonian Institution Archives has a variety of resources online about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. We have digitized original documents and images, including a diary, letters, photographs and engravings. We will be adding images during the course of 2009. Our primary sources can be used in your classroom without further permissions.
Please explore our resources by clicking on the following links:
This Virtual Exhibit area contains the handouts and materials for the "Lincoln’s Deathbed: Images of a Martyred President" online conference session by Pamela Henson.
Mary Henry diary
|Lincoln in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
View images of Abraham Lincoln and his family, as well as historic exhibits and artifacts. (Resource coming soon)
|Joseph Henry: Science Advisor, by Marc Rothenberg
Read an essay by the editor of The Papers of Joseph Henry on Henry’s role as a science advisor to presidents, including Abraham Lincoln.
|“Interruptions and Embarrassments”: The Smithsonian Institution during the Civil War, By Kathleen W. Dorman
Read an essay by the associate editor of The Papers of Joseph Henry about the impact of the Civil War on the Smithsonian Institution.
|Smithsonian Institution Archives
View Lincoln-related images from Smithsonian Institution Archives in “SIRIS,” the Smithsonian Institution Research Information System database.
|Solomon Brown Letters:
Read letters from a free African American man who worked at the Smithsonian for over fifty years, including his reflections on the Civil War.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples. We create opportunities for learning, stimulate imaginations, and present challenging ideas about our country’s past.
The Museum collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. We take care of everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz.” Our collections form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history. Learn more about our museum at http://americanhistory.si.edu
Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
The life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln is brought to light for the first time ever with a re-examination of the unique and unparalleled collection of Lincoln artifacts and memorabilia held by the National Museum of American History. Each highlighted object is augmented with personal stories told by Lincoln and the people who knew him best. The exhibition showcases more than 60 historical treasures associated with Lincoln’s life from an iron wedge he used to split wood in the early 1830s in New Salem, Illinois, to his iconic top hat he wore the night he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life tells a new and very intimate story of the nation’s 16th president.
A Letter to Abraham Lincoln
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, the National Museum of American History created a set of activities centered on a little-known episode in the life of the 16th president. In 1860, while Lincoln was campaigning for the presidency, he received a letter from 11-year-old Grace Bedell, who recommended that he grow a beard. Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, written and illustrated by Karen Winnick, tells this story by focusing on Grace’s experience.
After reading Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers, children can engage in several related activities, including a computer-based project, a creative craft, and a field trip right from the book! The activities are intended for use with children from kindergarten to fourth grade in classrooms, during afterschool programs, and at home. Each downloadable activity includes a parent and teacher guide along with directions and historical background information.
America’s New Birth of Freedom: Documents from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
The National Museum of American History, is hosting an exhibition of 10 rare and important documents on loan from the Lincoln Library in Springfield, Illinois. These documents have become the cornerstone of current thinking on Lincoln and his legacy and will include a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. Also on view are letters expressing Lincoln’s views on emancipation and the conclusion of the Civil War, including Lincoln’s letter to James C. Conkling in which he makes his forceful defense of the Emancipation Proclamation, and his letter to Francis Blair on his unwavering demands for peace.
The Gettysburg Address
Commemorating the 145th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, the National Museum of American History is showcasing the rarely exhibited Bliss version of the speech. Lincoln’s short address at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863 became one of the most famous and eloquent speeches in American history.
Harry Rubenstein and Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
In this short video, Harry Rubenstein brings to life objects from the National Museum of American History’s collection of artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln. The voice-over descriptions and still-images in this video make it a great way to introduce students to Abraham Lincoln and object-based learning.
Harry Rubenstein is the Chair of the Division of Politics and Reform at the National Museum of American History. He curated the exhibition Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life and is a presenter during the virtual conference.
Produced by Beth Py-Lieberman, Ryan Reed, and Molly Roberts for Smithsonian.com.
Life of Lincoln: 1809-1865
In anticipation of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, Smithsonian Magazine compiled an interactive timeline this videos and links to its articles about the life of our 16th president. The timeline is rich with images, audio, and background information on Abraham Lincoln. It would be a good way to introduce students to new details of Lincoln’s life or review what they have already learned.
Produced by Ryan Reed and Brian Wolly for Smithsonian.com.
"A Handy Kit for Do-It-Yourself Critics" by Ralph Hattersley, 1962.
The Discussion areas are a place to introduce yourself to fellow participants and to post comments relating to each conference session. Jump in and share!
Please take a moment to introduce yourself to conference participants. You might like to tell us where you work, what city you are in, and about your role in the world of education. Don’t hesitate to tell us about your interest in Abraham Lincoln or why this conference is of particular interest to you.
Add your introduction in the Comments box below, or click “reply” next to someone else’s post to offer your response to their introduction. Or call the LearningTimes record-by-phone system to record an audio introduction; select audio messages will appear here as well. The number in US/Canada is 1-800-609-9006 x8055. (Outside of US/Canada, call 678-255-2174 x8055).
We look forward to meeting you!
- The Smithsonian Online Education Conference: Abraham Lincoln Team
Please use this forum to share comments and ideas with other participants relating to the session entitled, “Lincoln’s Deathbed: Images of a Martyred President” by Pamela M. Henson.
Add your comments about the session in the Comments box below, or click “reply” next to someone else’s post to offer your response to their idea. Or call the LearningTimes record-by-phone system to record an audio message; select audio messages will appear here as well. The number in US/Canada is 1-800-609-9006 x8055. (Outside of US/Canada, call 678-255-2174 x8055).