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Activities & Games

Our Story: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together! Our Story: American History Stories and Activities You Can Do Together!

OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities.

U. S. Rationing During World War II U. S. Rationing During World War II

Introduction to primary sources as well as an introduction to life on the home front. You can examine a ration book, morale posters, and an Office of War Information film to learn how Americans lived in a time of sacrifice.
 

Fact Sheet

American History Timeline

Online Exhibition

A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution A More Perfect Union: Japanese Americans and the U.S. Constitution

The experiences of Japanese Americans during WWII; decision-making and citizen action under the U.S. Constitution.

Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964 Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964

Through freestanding, illustrated banners with text, this bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition examines the experiences of bracero workers and their families while providing insight into Mexican American history and historical context to today's debates on guest worker programs.

George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace George C. Marshall: Soldier of Peace

Remembering Marshall and the leaders with whom he helped shape history for much of the twentieth century.

The Price of Freedom: Americans at War The Price of Freedom: Americans at War

This exhibition surveys the history of America's military from the Colonial Era to the present conflict in Iraq.

Victory Garden Victory Garden

The Victory Garden represents a typical vegetable garden planted during World War II, when growing food for home consumption was an important part of the war effort.

Victory Mail Victory Mail

This exhibition showcases the museum's collection of World War II V-mail correspondence.

War Letters: Lost and Found War Letters: Lost and Found

Original letters from the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam highlight the importance of letter writing and reveal that extraordinary history is contained in these letters.

World War II Aviation World War II Aviation

The story of World War II is too big for a single gallery, so this one focuses on land-based fighter aviation.

Research Program

Air and Space Museum Research Air and Space Museum Research

The Department of Collections and Research at the National Air and Space Museum consists of five research and curatorial divisions: Archives Division, Collections Division, Aeronautics and Space History Divisions, and the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.

Research Resource

Collections Search Center Collections Search Center

Search millions of records, with images, video and sound files from Smithsonian museums, archives, and libraries.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries Smithsonian Institution Libraries

The Smithsonian's 22 branch libraries contain more than 1.8 million volumes, including 40,000 rare books.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System

Online database of Library, Archives, and Research Catalogs

Smithsonian Research Online

Smithsonian Research Online is a set of services to the research community both within and outside the Smithsonian Institution. Managed by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the program assists in capturing the research output of Smithsonian scholars and making it available to Institutional management as well as scientists and historians world-wide.

Teacher Resource

American History Explorer American History Explorer

Resources for teaching and learning American History.

Smithsonian Education: Lesson Plans, Resources, Standards of Learning

The gateway to Smithsonian educational resources for educators, families, and students.

Video

American History Museum YouTube Channel American History Museum YouTube Channel

Videos from the National Museum of American History which dedicates its collections and scholarship to inspiring a broader understanding of our nation and its many peoples.

Collections Seach Center: Video Recordings Collections Seach Center: Video Recordings

Video recordings in the Collections Search Center.