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Blasts from the Past Issue Date: 03-05-2000

Cool Spots imageFrom early prehistory to the 17th century, the mysteries of history are fun and fascinating. At the Museum of Antiquities, you'll go back in time to explore the ancient ruins, medieval collectibles and other wonders of yesteryear. Bring a dust cloth and prepare to uncover some historical gems at http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/archive/index.html. You'll get the chance to explore a third-century temple dedicated to the Roman god Mithras, complete with paintings, sculptures and maps. Or visit the Gallery of Objects, where you'll find photos and facts about artifacts such as the Tombstone of Aurelius, the Altar to Minerva and the Reaverhill Bronze Dagger. Go back even further in time to an exhibit called Flints and Stones, which portrays the world of the late Stone Age hunter-gatherers. The Museum of Antiquities is a colorful treasure chest of stories from the past. Prepare to be amazed.

Visit: http://museums.ncl.ac.uk/archive/index.html
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Hoover Dam Issue Date: 02-13-2000

Cool Spots imageA spectacular landmark on the Colorado River, Hoover Dam is no doubt one of America's great engineering marvels. At The Official Web Site for Hoover Dam, you'll learn about the many purposes of the dam, including flood control and hydroelectric power production. Head for the Nevada desert at www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam and prepare yourself for some dizzying heights and great views. Read about its five-year creation during the Depression, how the dam actually works, and how it got its name. Into entertainment? Fans of the big screen and TV will learn about the productions shot at Hoover Dam, including "Wheel of Fortune" and "Vegas Vacation." This site shows why Hoover Dam is a wonderful slice of American heritage.

Visit: www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam
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Freedom on the Underground Railroad Issue Date: 02-13-2000

Cool Spots imageDuring America's dark chapter of slavery, there was one bright light indeed: the Underground Railroad, an escape route for slaves who wanted to start a new life. Now you can learn what it was like to risk life and limb in the quest for freedom. Follow the North Star to www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad. Meet the legendary Harriet Tubman, a slave who successfully escaped and helped countless others find the way across icy Lake Erie into Canada. But watch out for the bloodhounds that are looking for fugitives. The journey can be grueling, as you'll find out from the 250-mile path. Trekking the Underground Railroad was no walk in the park. But it is a story of inspiration to us all. Cry freedom!

Visit: www.nationalgeographic.com/features/99/railroad
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History in a One-Inch Package Issue Date: 02-06-2000

Cool Spots imageDid you know that dozens of famous and important people have been hanging out in your mailbox? Check out the return address http://library.thinkquest.org/10320. Stamp on Black History is a student project celebrating African-American history and the U.S. Postal Service's role in preserving the past. Start at the site's black history tour for all the background info. Then spend time with great individuals who have been highlighted on stamps such as Sojourner Truth or Jackie Robinson. The site features many musicians, artists, athletes and innovators who have made a big difference in our country. This is one inspiring and original piece of mail you will want to open.

Visit: http://library.thinkquest.org/10320
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Eureka! California Gold Rush Issue Date: 02-06-2000

Cool Spots imageRelive one of the most exciting periods in American history, the California Gold Rush. Prospectors from all over headed for the West Coast in search of their personal fortune. Bring your picks and shovels out to www.museumca.org/goldrush to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in 1848. Brought to you by the Oakland Museum of California, this site delivers all of the details on this fascinating period of time, from the first gold finds to the boom towns that were built up around these deposits. You'll experience what it was like to be one of the "forty-niners," the miners who spent their days searching for the precious metal. Or feast your eyes on the art depicting this period, which shows everything from gold rush-era San Francisco to the diggers who got lucky. Along the way, you'll also learn about gold machines and the first tools and techniques that miners used. With tons of great photos and amazing facts, this site is a discovery in its own right. And remember: There's gold in them thar hills!

Visit: www.museumca.org/goldrush
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