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America

Discover the multicultural heritage and history of America through explorations of immigrant life, the lives of legendary pioneers like Lewis and Clark, the modern political system, and significant works of American music, including our National Anthem.

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Examine the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner"
Audio Series
The music of the Gulf Coast provides a microcosm of the cultural diversity and richness of the United States
Audio Series
Explore the history and legacy of musical theater in America
Series
Discover how history is full of surprising stories of people doing amazing things
Master + Work
See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Compare the artistic and cultural traditions of the U.S. celebration of Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore the cultures that have contributed to making the United States the unique and diverse country it is today
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will learn what it was like for new immigrants to come through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will gain a deeper understanding of the early 20th century American immigrant experience through photography
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will explore what daily life was like for the millions of poor Irish, German, Jewish, and Italian immigrants
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Understanding the environmental and social impact of the Great Depression
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about the early pioneers in America and their motivations for moving West
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will work in pairs to research legendary westerners
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students will learn about what life was like for early American pioneers
Grade 5 Lesson
Students take on the roles of Lewis and Clark, as they explore the original journals and create their own journals
Grade 5 Lesson
In this lesson, students explore Native American crafts and design and create their own wampum belts
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will be introduced the history of square dancing, and learn some basic steps
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will create an original political campaign song for a fictional presidential candidate.
Grade 5 Lesson
Organize information researched on the U.S. presidential election process and constitutional rights
Grade 5 Lesson
Learn general facts about the voting process and its importance in a democratic form of government
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Learn about the history of America's national parks, and about the role that artists played in their creation
Grade 5 Lesson
Students learn about Charles Burchfield, then create an original watercolor
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Learn about and discuss characteristics of the Gilded Age. Using books, internet and other media, research the various fine and performing art forms popular during that time period.
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Research the history, architect, architecture, and patron of each mansion gaining understanding of the arts and culture of the Gilded Age.
This Day in the Arts
February 23, 1940: Woody Guthrie writes “This Land is Your Land”
This Day in the Arts
March 03, 1931: “The Star-Spangled Banner” becomes the national anthem
This Day in the Arts
March 13, 1852: Uncle Sam makes his literary debut
This Day in the Arts
April 09, 1939: Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This Day in the Arts
June 21, 1956: Arthur Miller refuses to name Communists
This Day in the Arts
September 08, 1971: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors
This Day in the Arts
September 11, 1847: “Oh! Susanna!” is performed for the first time
This Day in the Arts
September 14, 1814: Francis Scott Key writes the poem that would become “The Star-Spangled Banner”
This Day in the Arts
November 06, 1854: John Philip Sousa is born in Washington, D.C.
This Day in the Arts
December 26, 1946: Bugsy Siegel opens the Flamingo Hotel
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