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Maps of the New World Issue Date: 03-10-2013

Cool Spots imageHistory comes to life in Mapping Colonial America, history.org/history/museums/mappingExhibit.html, as you study the detailed maps created by early explorers. Mapmaking might not seem like exciting work, but imagine making the first map of an area! Maps helped explorers and settlers travel to new lands to build colonies and facilitate trade. Including bodies of water allowed sailors to know what to expect and arrive at ports safely. If you are doing a project on U.S. history from 1492-1789, you will find graphics for illustration and stories about the men who discovered America.

Visit: history.org/history/museums/mappingExhibit.html
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Military Mail Issue Date: 02-17-2013

Cool Spots imageThe mail must be delivered, whether to a submarine or a camp overseas. Find out how it happens in Mail Call, postalmuseum.si.edu/mailcall. Hearing from loved ones is important to our soldiers because it keeps them from feeling so alone. In Morale, watch an interview with a postal clerk about why receiving a package means so much to a soldier away from home. Did you know that military workers can send mail postage-free during wartime? Find out how the system has improved in the last 200 years when you explore The Mail Piece. Get Involved: Start writing letters yourself!

Visit: postalmuseum.si.edu/mailcall
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Spirit of America Issue Date: 02-10-2013

Cool Spots imageTake a virtual trip back more than 200 years and view a stunning exhibit of paintings and objects depicting daily life and culture in Creating America, nelson-atkins.org/studio33/interactives/CreatingAmerica. Scroll over paintings in Work & Play to learn interesting facts about each one. Did you know that a common "profession" for working-class boys was selling newspapers? Of the two types of transportation featured in "On the Road," in Community, which is still used today? The Herter Bookcase may be the fanciest bookcase ever. Find out who carved it.

Visit: nelson-atkins.org/studio33/interactives/CreatingAmerica
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Be a Citizen Diplomat Issue Date: 02-03-2013

Cool Spots imageProtecting the interests of the American people is the mission of the U.S. Department of State. Learn how this important work is done in diplomacy.
state.gov/discoverdiplomacy
. If you ever run into trouble abroad, you can go to a U.S. Embassy for help. Diplomacy 101 explains what our diplomats do and where they work around the world. The Explorer interactive map is a fun way to learn about interesting people, places or issues. Did you know Benjamin Franklin was not just an inventor? He was also an accomplished negotiator overseas.

Visit: diplomacy.state.gov/discoverdiplomacy
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Artful Heritage Issue Date: 01-20-2013

Cool Spots imageGrab your helmet and telescope to begin your hands-on exploration of Crafting North Carolina, mintmuseum.org/craftingnc. Native Americans lived there 12,000 years ago, long before history was being written. Click on Early NC, then the arrowhead to read about life before the first explorers. Do you like exciting tales? Adventurers from Europe sailed across the sea in search of new lands, guided by early maps some of which showed sea serpents! Learn about craft artists who still use the state's natural resources in their art. Print a FunSheet for a scavenger hunt to find artists in North Carolina.

Visit: mintmuseum.org/craftingnc
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