The World of Ben
He became famous for being a scientist, an inventor, a statesman, a printer, a
philosopher, a musician, and an economist. Today, we honor Ben Franklin as one
of our Founding Fathers and as one of America’s greatest citizens.
“Leonardo da Vinci had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make
important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas. He was a
gentle vegetarian who loved animals and despised war, yet he worked as a
military engineer to invent advanced and deadly weapons.”
This site includes an enormous amount of information about Lincoln, including
listings of outstanding historic sites and a very large number of books.
Lincoln Research Site
This is a student-oriented educational Web site about Lincoln's life and
family. The web master, a retired American history teacher, answers questions
Biography A & E Page
Has a searchable online database containing 15,000 international names, past
and present. This is a commercial site for the Biography television show.
Distinguished Women of
Past and Present
These are women who were writers, educators, scientists, heads of state,
politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Search
for biographies of distinguished women by name or by field.
Presidents of the United
In this resource you will find background information, election results,
cabinet members, presidency highlights, and some odd facts on each of the
presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files,
and other presidential sites also are included to enrich this site.
U.S. HISTORY: General
African American History
Very large collection of African American history links to a wide range of
cultural and historical African American concerns.
A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of black history and
culture for the past 500 years, from colonialization through the WPA.
Primary documents and historical materials available on the Web from the
Library of Congress. Find out about Women’s Suffrage; do a virtual jigsaw
puzzle; take guided tours through the site.
This outstanding Black History site offers a full range of activities and was
created to support students as they explore topic related to Black History and
African American issues. Try the Black History treasure hunt.
Produced by WETA (D.C.'s public broadcasting station), this searchable
database offers information and visuals about our nation's capital.
Library of Congress presents
America's Story from America's Library
The Library of Congress puts the story back in history through images of
primary source documents, prints, photographs, maps, recordings and other
materials from the past. Along with the fascinating information about people,
places and things of interest to kids of all ages, there are songs to listen
to, a Krazy Kat cartoon to watch, a scavenger hunt and other fun things to do.
National Museum of the American
A beautiful site in the family of excellent Smithsonian Web pages, with notes
on current exhibitions, research links, publications, recordings, and more.
Contains a film video center and links to a select list of Native American
New Perspectives on the West
The truth about the West is far more complicated, and much more compelling
than generally known. Visit this Web site and explore the many aspects of the
A Guide to the Great Sioux Nation
Imagine a colorful “wacipi,” a powwow filled with traditional singing and
dancing. And legendary leaders like Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. This is
South Dakota, home of the Great Sioux Nation. Here, you can discover the
sweeping prairie that captured your imagination in the movie Dances With
U.S. Historical Documents Archive
A number of famous historical documents and speeches from the history of the
United States from before the 17th century to the 20th century.
Welcome to WestWeb
An outstanding, topically organized Web site about the study of the American
West. Links to dozens of sites on the study of the West.
The White House
Find out about the histories of the White House itself and pets in the White
House. Write an e-mail message to the President, and more!
U.S. HISTORY: Pre-Colonial to 1865
Ongoing Voyage: Columbus
This Library of Congress exhibition examines the first contacts between Native
American people and European explorers, conquerors and settlers from 1492 to
The American Civil War
Learn about American Civil War battles, life stories of important
participants, re-enactments, and more.
Mayflower Web Pages
This site is the merging of two fields: genealogy and history. It includes
detailed information on history, passengers, and documents of the Mayflower.
Also contains pictures and bibliographies.
California's Untold Stories
Presented by the Oakland Museum of California, this site offers an interactive
learning experience for elementary level children through adults to experience
and educate themselves about this important period in American history.
The Civil War Net
This is a very large collection of well-organized links to people, battles,
and documents, including letters and diaries of those connected to the Civil
War. Also includes reenactment photos and links to many original photos.
Opportunities to read diaries, documents, and letters revealing women’s lives
and experiences during the Civil War. Includes links to great historical
Visit Colonial Williamsburg and see life in a Virginia colony of 250 years
ago. Includes a large educational section on Colonial America.
Lewis and Clark Expedition
This Web site expands upon every aspect of the PBS film, providing a wealth of
biographical and historical information about the time and the major and minor
participants in the trip. In addition, leading historical experts will share
their thoughts about the meaning of the expedition, and its relevance to 21st
century America. Finally, in an interactive tale, you’ll have an opportunity
to play the roles of Lewis and Clark yourself.
The story of the trail and those who traveled it. A compendium on the great
western journey. Includes great stories in the Fantastic Facts section.
Related to the PBS program on the Oregon Trail.
A Library of Congress Resource Guide for the Study of Black History and
Culture. Includes reproductions of original documents, personal stories, and
ex-slave narratives. Part of the Library of Congress online exhibitions
Based on an exhibit at the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture,
this site features photographs, commentary, a timeline and resources.
Ellis Island and Immigration
From the first of January 1892 until mid-November 1954, the federally operated Ellis Island was the primary entry point for immigrants wishing to enter the United States. The island replaced the almost forty year old state facility that had been located in Manhattan, the Castle Garden Immigration Depot. It is now a national park..
The Promise of the Gold Mountain: Tucson’s Chinese Heritage
Using text and photographs, this exhibit traces the history of
Chinese-Americans in Tucson, including their contribution to the building of
the railroad, as well as short biographies of some prominent members of
Tucson’s Chinese-American community.
Castles on the Web
A beautifully designed and carefully researched site by Ted Monk. A great
“Castles for Kids” section.
The Food Timeline
From water and salt to tear-free onions, food has played a big role throughout
This is part of the scholarly Perseus Project at Tufts University, but useful
to grasp the place of Hercules in myth and history.
Treasures of the Inca
This offers and interactive journey with climber Johan Reinhard to find the
great treasures of the Inca. You can follow the step-by-step journey of
in Ancient Egypt
The Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has
acquired Egyptian artifacts since its founding and now holds about 2,500
ancient Egyptian artifacts.The most significant of these objects, more than
600 of them, are displayed in the Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, including
daily life and funerary practices with some photographs.
RMS Titanic. Destination . . .
The Titanic departed from Southampton, England, on her first and only voyage
Wednesday, April 10, 1912. This site combines eyewitness accounts with
paintings of the mighty ship.
Titanic Historical Society
In the totally unexpected location far from the ocean in landlocked Western
Massachusetts in the Henry’s Jewelry building, this unique, privately-owned
display is dedicated to the ill-fated liner and open to the public during the
owner’s regular business hours. This site includes a wide range of information
on the Titanic.