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October 1, 2018

Missouri and United States History and Museums Links

Missouri and United States History Links

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History Museums Online

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
There is much quality material for art students, educators, and enthusiasts at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art web site. Start with the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline of Art History, a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world. Each timeline page includes representative art from the Museum’s collection, a chart of time periods, a map of the region, an overview, and a list of key events. The timelines – accompanied by world, regional, and sub-regional maps – provide a linear outline of art history, and allow visitors to compare and contrast art from around the globe at any time in history. There is plenty more here apart from the Timeline: “Just for Fun” has interactive activities for kids, “A Closer Look” examines the “hows and whys” behind Met objects (such as George Washington Crossing the Delaware), “Artist” enables visitors to access biographical materials on a selection of artists as well as general information about their work, and “Themes and Cultures” presents past and present cultures with special features on the Met’s collections and exhibitions. (Many of these individual exhibitions are listed below.)
The British Museum
The British Museum was founded in 1753 to promote universal understanding through the arts, natural history, and science in a public museum. Its various online offerings are impressive. It features interactive multimedia resources, historical reconstructions and 3D animations and attracts millions of visitors each year. COMPASS is an on-line database featuring around 5,000 objects from the British Museum’s collections. There are online tours on a variety of subjects, including introductions to the current exhibitions. Childrens’ COMPASS offers a special childrens’ search, activities and quizzes for use in the classroom, noticeboards for children’s work, ‘Ask the Expert’ and articles written especially for 7-11 year olds.The World Cultureswebsite highlights the achievements of some remarkable world civilizations and explores cross-cultural themes of human development.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is America’s first federal art collection, dedicated to the art and artists of the United States. More than 7,000 American artists are represented, including major artists such as John Singleton Copley, John Singer Sargent, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others. The featured themes and topics of the collection include Colonial portraiture, nineteenth-century landscape, American impressionism, twentieth-century realism and abstraction, New Deal projects, sculpture, photography, prints and drawings, contemporary crafts, African American art, Latino art, and folk art. Today the collection consists of more than 40,000 artworks in all media, spanning more than 300 years of artistic achievement. The Smithsonian Online Exhibitions feature prize holdings from different eras in American history. The online version of American Art, the academic journal of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, has articles of interest to art historians.
The American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History’s website is both a general introduction and a helpful resource for teachers and students alike to become involved in past and current exhibits of the museum without necessarily having to visit. Providing good resources about the many research departments located at the museum, the website allows students, teachers, and the general public to explore many different aspects of biological, cultural, and evolutionary history. Users can plan visits, research online libraries of information, and learn about what scientists are doing in the world at present (climate change research, oil spill clean-up, etc.) Teachers may also take advantage of the many professional development and curriculum topic planning tools provided under their “Education” heading. While not an in depth resource of historical events (natural or otherwise), the AMNH website provides a decent starting ground for examining the diverse milestones of human society.
Site Officiel du Musée du Louvre
At the official web site of the Louvre there are virtual tours of many of the galleries and exhibitions. The site presents a selection of the works of art from each of the seven departments of the museum. There is also an English Version.
National Heritage Museum
The National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA is an American history museum with a searchable database that provides access to information about and images of many objects in the collection of the Museum and the Van Gorden-Williams Library & Archives. Go to the Explore the Virtual Museum section to search by keywords.
Digital History
This impressive site from Steven Mintz at the University of Houston includes an up-to-date U.S. history textbook; annotated primary sources on slavery, and United States, Mexican American, and Native American history; and succinct essays on the history of ethnicity and immigration, film, private life, and science and technology. Visual histories of Lincoln’s America and America’s Reconstruction contain text by Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney. The Doing History feature lets users reconstruct the past through the voices of children, gravestones, advertising, and other primary sources. Reference resources include classroom handouts, chronologies, encyclopedia articles, glossaries, and an audio-visual archive including speeches, book talks and e-lectures by historians, and historical maps, music, newspaper articles, and images. The site’s Ask the HyperHistorian feature allows users to pose questions to professional historians.
Search Engines
Refseek is an academic search engine that makes academic information on the Internet easier to access than with typical search engines. Refseek cuts down on the overload of non-academic search results by eliminating sponsored links and most commercial web sites.
Wolfram Alpha
WolframAlpha is a unique, computational search engine. The Search results are data driven, which makes it especially uses for searching socioeconomic data, geographic and demographic data, economic data, and other topics.
SweetSearch is a search engine for students. It searches far fewer web sites than Google, but only lists websites that have been reviewed by its team of educators. It also provides social media tools that enable you to send your results to others.
Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
The Wayback Machine provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public to billions of web pages stored in the Internet Archive’s web archive. Great tool for seeing what web pages contained months, or years ago. Collections include Web, Moving Images, Texts, Audio, and Software. holdings.
Google Custom Search Engine 
With Google Custom Search Engine you can create your own customized search engine — quickly and easily. It is a great tool if you want control over which websites will be included in the search results. Requires a Google account.
Google News 
Google News gathers news stories from 4,500 sources and organizes them into eight categories: Top Stories, World, U.S. Business, Sci/Tech, Sports, Entertainment, and Health. But what sets Google News apart from other online news sources is that you can customize Google News and create your own categories. (To do so select the “Customize this page” option and then click on Add a Custom Section.) You can edit/delete categories and physically change their placement on the screen. You can also have Google email you news updates, called Google Alerts. Alerts will notify you — daily or less frequently — when information matching your keywords is found .With Google News and News Alerts the trick is to select your keywords carefully so that they are neither too broad nor two narrow in scope.
Historvius is a map search engine to historical sites aimed at travelers. You’ll get information on each historic site, directions, entry and contact details and comments from other users.
Public Domain Images (list )
To help you avoid infringing on copyright protection, EdTechTeacher has prepared an extensive list of Internet sources for public domain images, with an eye towards the humanities. Please check individual images you find at these sites to determine if there are any restrictions on usage.
Diigo is a great web-based platform for saving, annotating, and sharing bookmarks. Students, teachers, departments, and even institutions can collect, share, and publish their online resources.

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