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9/11 Memorial Museum
9/11 Memorial Museum

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation for Traffic Safety

Abolition of slavery (primary source doc)
The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified in 1865, prohibited slavery

Abraham Lincoln Institute
Abraham Lincoln Institute - educational resources for studying the life of Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois

Academic Decathlon
United States Academic Decathlon, program begun in 1968 by Dr. Robert Peterson (1920-2003)with headquarters in Minnesota

Acadia National Park
Acadia National Park - Maine (National Park Service, NPS)

Adler Planetarium
Adler Planetarium in Chicago

Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
Aerospace Industries Association based in Arlington, Virginia

African American Museum of Iowa
African American Museum of Iowa in Cedar Rapids

Air Zoo
Air Zoo - air and space museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Alabama
the official website of the state of Alabama; Montgomery (capital)

Alaska
the official website of the state of Alaska; Juneau (capital)

Alaska Climate Research Center
The Alaska Climate Research Center at the Univ. of Alaska in Fairbanks

Algal blooms
information on harmful algal blooms by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Amelia Earhart
Official website of Amelia Earhart (1897-1937), pioneer woman aviator

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Academy of Pediatrics - recommendations for children's health and safety

American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC): administers 25 permanent American military cemeteries located around the world

American Battle Monuments Commission educator resources
Resources for educators by the American Battle Monuments Commission

American Birding Association
American Birding Association; founded in 1968 and based in Delaware

American Chemical Society, ACS
American Chemical Society (ACS) - founded in 1876 in New York City by thirty-five chemists

American Discovery Trail
a coast to coast hiking trail that covers 6,000 miles in 15 states

American Eagle Foundation (AEF)
American Eagle Foundation, based in Tennessee

American Farm Bureau Federation
American Farm Bureau Federation

American Federation of Arts
American Federation of Arts in New York City

American Gothic House Center
American Gothic House Center in Eldon, Iowa; house that inspired Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' painting

American Heart Association
American Heart Association, AHA

American Hiking Society
American Hiking Society, founded in 1976 with headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland

American Institute of Architects
The American Institute of Architects - headquarters located in Washington D.C.

American Legion
formed in 1919 by veterans of World War I

American Library Association (ALA)
American Library Association (ALA)

American Meteor Society
American Meteor Society - founded in 1911

American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History in New York City

American Museum of Science and Energy
American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

American Red Cross
American Red Cross

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
American Veterinary Medical Association

American Wind Energy Association
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

AmeriCorps
AmeriCorps: Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency serving at more than 60,000 locations throughout the country

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum

Animal Diversity Web
encyclopedia of the Animal Kingdom written over many years by professors and graduate students at the Univ. of Michigan

Anne Frank Fonds - Frank Family Centre
Anne Frank Foundation in Switzerland started by Otto Frank

Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House - Amsterdam

Anne Frank Sapling Project in US
From her window in her hiding place, Anne Frank noted the change of seasons by a large Chestnut tree. That tree toppled in 2010. Eleven sites in the US have saplings from the tree.

Antietam National Battlefield
Antietam National Battlefield - National Park Service, NPS

Apollo 11 moon landing
Apollo 11 - NASA's successful mission to land the first human on the moon;

Appomattox Court House National Historical Park - National Park Service
Appomattox Court House - surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy to end the Civil War in 1865

Arbor Day Foundation
Arbor Day Foundation started in 1972 on the 100th anniversary of Arbor Day

Architect of the Capitol
Architect of the U.S. Capitol

Archives of American Art - Smithsonian
Archives of American Art - Smithsonian Institution

Arizona
official website of the state of Arizona; Phoenix (capital)

Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum
Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum in Mesa, Arizona

Arkansas
the official website of the state of Arkansas; Little Rock (capital)

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia

Arsenal of Democracy
Information on the Arsenal of Democracy by the Detroit Historical Society

Arsenal of Democracy speech
FDR's Dec. 29, 1940 typewritten Arsenal of Democracy speech (primary source document from the FDR Library)

Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago

Articles of Confederation (primary source doc)
Articles of Confederation, the first governing document for the United States until the U.S. Constitution was written and adopted in 1787

ArtPrize
ArtPrize, the largest art contest voted by people who view art placed at venues in Grand Rapids, Mich. each fall

Asian Longhorned Beetle - invasive species
Asian Longhorned Beetle - invasive species

Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Asteroid Day
Asteroid Day - started in 2015

Astrogeology Science Center
Astrogeology Science Center (U.S. Geological Survey) in Flagstaff, Arizona

Astronauts Memorial Foundation
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation

Astronomers without Borders
Astronomers without Borders (One People + One Sky), a global effort to celebrate astronomy;

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
The Atlantic Coast Conference - 15 member schools

Atmosphere
layers of Earth's atmosphere (NOAA)

Audubon Society
National Audubon Society- headquarters in New York City

Aurora borealis - Alaska
information on aurora borealis (northern lights)

Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum
Auswitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland - honoring the victims of the Holocaust

Baltimore National Aquarium
Baltimore National Aquarium on the harbor

Barringer Meteorite Crater
Barringer Meteorite Crater, also called Meteor Crater, is located east of Flagstaff, Arizona. It was created about 50,000 years ago when a meteorite struck the Earth.

Barron Prize for Young Heroes
Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, an annual prize given to 25 students, ages 8 to 18, for their significant impact on people, their communities and the environment

Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York

Bata Shoe Museum
Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Canada

Battelle Memorial Institute
Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio

Battle of the Bulge - U.S. Army
Battle of the Bulge - WWII (U.S. Army)

Benjamin Franklin Memorial
Benjamin Franklin Memorial at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Big Ten
Big Ten athletics - 14 member schools

Biggest Week in American Birding
The Biggest Week in American Birding at the "warbler capital of the world" in northwest Ohio

Bill of Rights (primary source doc)
Bill of Rights - the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (1791)

Bird Studies Canada
Bird Studies Canada, partner in the Great Backyard Bird Count by the Cornell Lab of (GBBC) Ornithology

Birding - Lake Erie Birding Trail
Lake Erie Birding Trail - popular birding spots during spring migration

BirdLife International
an organization with 121 partner organizations located around the world to support birds; global office is located in the United Kingdom

Bison - from near extinction to recovery
This is a terrific timeline by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) explaining the decline and slow recovery of bison in North America

Black History at Arlington National Cemetery
Black history at Arlington National Cemetery

Black Swamp Bird Observatory
Black Swamp Bird Observatory - located in northwestern Ohio, the "warbler capital of the world"

Bletchley Park - codebreakers in England during WWII
Bletchley Park, site where the WWII German enigma machine was decoded;

Blueberry Council
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council - celebrating 100 years of blueberries in 2015-2016

Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation
site dedicated to keeping the legacy of Bob Hope (1903-2003), Hollywood star who entertained troops overseas from World War II through the Persian Gulf War in 1991.

Boston Tea Party Historical Society
Boston Tea Party Historical Society, a nonprofit educational and cultural organization (Boston Tea Party event took place on Dec. 16, 1773)

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum in Boston; visitors can experience the Boston Tea Party on a period ship and see one of the two remaining crates from the 1773 Boston Tea Party protest

Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Boys in the Boat, a national bestseller about the Univ. of Washington's male crew team who won a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Braille - American Foundation for the Blind
Louis Braille Museum (online) - American Foundation for the Blind is based in New York City

Breaking Through the Clouds
Breaking Through the Clouds, a documentary by Heather Taylor about the first National Women's Air Derby in 1929

British monarchy
The British Monarchy - Queen Elizabeth II

British Museum
The British Museum: founded in England in 1753, the first national public museum in the world

British Parliament
British (UK) Parliament

Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield Zoo - Chicago

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum in New York City, one of the oldest museums in the U.S.

Brown vs. Board of Education
The case of Brown vs. the Board of Education (1954), a case that made it illegal to segregate children in schools based on race;

Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park
home of the naval ship USS The Sullivans (DD-537), a decommissioned ship named in honor of the five Sullivan brothers who died on the USS Juneau during WWII

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
park in Buffalo, New York where the 'USS The Sullivans' is on display as a tribute to the five Sullivan Brothers who were all killed in November 1942 when their ship, the 'USS Juneau,' sank

Buffalo Soldiers Museum
Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Houston, Texas

Bureau of Printing and Engraving
Bureau of Printing and Engraving (Dept. of the Treasury) - design and printing of paper currency (money)

C-Span Classroom
C-Span Classroom: primary source resources for social studies

Cabinet - White House (Executive Branch)
The U.S. Cabinet within the Executive Branch of the federal government

Calcium - National Dairy Council
National Dairy Council - celebrating 100 years in 2015

Caldecott Medal
Caldecott Medal award winners (American Library Association)

California
official website of the state of California; Sacramento (capital)

Cape Cod National Seashore
Cape Cod National Seashore - National Park Service, NPS

Cape May Bird Observatory
Cape May Bird Observatory in Cape May, New Jersey - New Jersey Audubon

Car Safety
Research on automobile safety features as a partnership between the National Safety Council and the University of Iowa (at mycardoeswhat.org)

Carnegie, Andrew
The story of Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

Carousel Association
National Carousel Association

Carpenter's Hall
historic building in Philadelphia that was home to the first Continental Congress and the first Bank of the United States;

Cascades Volcano Observatory
website devoted to Monitoring activity of volcanoes in the Cascade Range by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists

Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art in Cedar Rapids, Iowa - largest collection of Grant Wood paintings

Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue
Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at Texas A&M University - CRASAR

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC

Chaffee Planetarium
Chaffee Planetarium in Grand Rapids, Michigan named to honor Roger Chaffee, NASA astronaut who was killed on Jan. 27, 1967 in a fire on the Apollo 1 command module; planetarium is at the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Challenger Center
Challenger Center - nonprofit organization formed by families of the astronauts killed in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle accident

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - Detroit

Charles M Schulz Museum
Charles M. Schulz Museum (California), creator of Peanuts comic strip

Cherry Blossom Festival
National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. (National Park Service)

Chicago History Museum
Chicago History Museum in Chicago, Illinois

Chihuly Garden and Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass, an indoor-outdoor exhibition of Dale Chihuly's glass art, located at the base of Seattle's Space Needle

Child Labor Act of 1916
Keating-Owen Child Labor Act of 1916 (transcript - National Archives) Primary Source Document

Choose My Plate
Choose My Plate - dietary guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Chrysler Museum of Art
Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, founded by Walter Chrysler, Jr., son of the founder of the automobile company

CIA World Factbook
CIA World Factbook by the Central Intelligence Agency - detailed information on the population, government, education, and economy of every country in the world

Cincinnati Observatory
the birthplace of American Astronomy; oldest public telescope in the nation

Civil Rights Act (primary sournce doc)
Civil Rights Bill of 1964 signed by President Johnson, the most important law on civil rights since Reconstruction;

Civil War Trust
Civil War Trust

Cleveland Aquarium
Greater Cleveland Aquarium - nice section of teacher resources

Climate by NOAA
Climate and weather information by NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Clinton Library
William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas

Cocoa history by the World Cocoa Foundation
World Cocoa Foundation with a mission to sustain the cocoa sector; United States office in Washington DC

Coin specifications from the U.S. Mint
What metals are used to make coins? (Information by the U.S. Mint)

Cold War Museum
The Cold War Museum in Vint Hill, Virginia, the site of a previous U.S. Army Security Agency Field Station

Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia - historic village telling the story of colonial America and the Revolutionary War

Colorado
official website of the state of Colorado; Denver (capital)

Colorado School of Mines
Colorado School of Mines - public research university founded in 1874

Columbus Museum of Art
Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio

Commerce Department U.S.
U.S. Department of Commerce

Computer History Museum
Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California

Congressional Gold Medal
Congressional Gold Medal - dates to 1776 when George Washington was its first recipient

Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Congressional Medal of Honor began in 1861 through an act of Congress and the Society was formed in 1946 after WWII.

Connecticut
official website of the state of Connecticut; Hartford (capital)

Constitution of the United States (primary source doc)
The U.S. Constitution, adopted in 1787 and ratified in 1789

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

Cool Cosmos
Cool Cosmos by Caltech and NASA

Copper sheathing
The history of copper sheathing from the 18th century on to today as told by the USS Constitution Museum in Boston - excellent site

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Cornell Lab of Ornithology - resource about birds; affiliated with Cornell University

Corning Museum of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York; opened in 1951

Cosmosphere
terrific space museum in Hutchinson, Kansas

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Cranbrook Institute of Science
Cranbrook Institute of Science near Detroit

Crops for the Future
Crops for the Future, established in 2009; Mission: facilitate the wider use of underutilized crops

Cryptologic Museum
National Cryptologic Museum, the public museum of the National Security Agency (NSA) in Maryland

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas

Currency of the United States - Dept. of the Treasury
U.S. Currency (paper money) explained by the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury

Czech and Slovak Museum and Library
National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

D-Day Memorial
The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia

D-Day: U.S. Army
D-Day (June 6, 1944) - U.S. Army

Dangerous Decibels
excellent website on preventing hearing damage from noise; by the University of Northern Colorado with support from the CDC; educator resources available

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association
Daniel Boone Trail Association - Virginia

Dark Sky Parks - National Park Service
sites within the National Park Service (NPS) that are dark sky locations

Dark Sky Places
Dark Sky Places, locations reducing light pollution in order to see the night sky - International Dark Sky Association (IDA)

DARPA Robotics Challenge
DARPA Robotics Challenge (DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency)

Daughters of the American Revolution
Daughters of the American Revolution - Washington D.C.

Dawson City Museum - Klondike Gold Rush
The Dawson City Museum in Dawson City, Canada; has the Yukon's largest historical collection including materials on the Klondike Gold Rush of 1896-1899

Day of Infamy speech by FDR
good study guide and video (4:47) of President Roosevelt's famous "Day of Infamy" speech delivered to Congress on Dec. 8, 1941, one day after the Pearl Harbor attack

Declaration of Independence (primary source doc)
Declaration of Independence adopted on July 4, 1776

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, the largest oil spill in U.S. history - information by NOAA

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA
DARPA: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Delaware
official website of the state of Delaware; Dover (capital)

Denali National Park & Preserve
Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska (National Park Service)

Dennison Railroad Depot Museum
train depot in Dennison, Ohio that operated one of the largest Canteens for soldiers during World War II; thousands of women operated the Canteen 24/7 for four years

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Department of Defense
Department of Defense

Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines Art Center in Des Moines, Iowa

Desert Dome
Desert Dome at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium; zoo also has a large indoor rainforest;

Desert Research Institute
Desert Research Institute, Nevada's Global Laboratory with offices in Reno and Las Vegas

Deserts by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
all about deserts by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Detroit Historical Society
history of the automotive industry and Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit Institute of Arts - Michigan

Dictionary - Cambridge University Press
Dictionary with definitions, part of speech, and audio pronunciations;

Diplomats and Ambassadors
What is the job of a diplomat and/or an ambassador? The U.S. State Department answers the question.

Discover Engineering
Discover Engineering and National Engineers Week

Discover the Forest
public service campaign by a partnership of nonprofit and government agencies to help people locate parks and forests;

Distracted Driving
Distracted Driving website by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation showing the dangers of distracted driving

Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders

Driving laws in each state
laws regarding use of cell phones while driving - U.S. Dept. of Transportation

Drought - State of California
Save our Water - information on the California Drought

Drought Mitigation Center
National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska

Drought Monitor
Drought monitor for the United States

DuSable Museum of African American History
DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago

Eagle Cam
Bald Eagle Cam from Washington D.C. by the American Eagle Foundation - live feed of bald eagles in their nest at the National Arboretum

Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network - The first Earth Day was April 22, 1970.

 
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