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Stories of America's Past Issue Date: 01-07-2001

Cool Spots imageHistory buffs will love the Library of Congress Web site, America's Story at www.americaslibrary.gov. You can meet amazing Americans, such as Abraham Lincoln or Thomas Edison. Or jump back in time to Colonial America or the Gilded Age. Read up on stories about each state in the union. You can also hear songs from America's past in the multimedia section, "See, Hear and Sing." America's rich traditions are captured at this fun Web site.

Visit: www.americaslibrary.gov
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Stamp It! Issue Date: 08-06-2000

Cool Spots imageDid you know that at one time the United States mail had to be delivered by mail carriers on horseback? Bet you didn't know the mail was such an adventure. Check out the return address at http://postalmuseum.si.edu. The Smithsonian Postal Museum will be delivered to your computer faster than you can say "Pony Express." Learn why Benjamin Franklin got fired when he was postmaster. Then check out the galleries to see how artists have made their stamp by designing envelopes. Finally, peek into the amazing, creative mail-boxes that won the rural folk art mailbox contest. If it has anything to do with stamps, envelopes and packages, you'll find it at the National Postal Museum.

Visit: http://postalmuseum.si.edu
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Ellis Island Issue Date: 04-23-2000

Cool Spots imageAs the landing spot for more than 12 million immigrants to the United States, Ellis Island remains one of the focal points of the American experience. Now you can relive the drama that unfolded on this island at the History Channel's Ellis Island Web site. Journey back in time to www.historychannel.com/ellisisland and experience the many hurdles that our forefathers had to overcome when entering their new country. Explore the many maps of the building and see where prospective immigrants were examined. Then take the "Who Are You?" exam for yourself to find out just how tough it was to pass the tests. There are also great video clips, such as the story of Annie Moore, a 15-year-old Irish girl who was the first person admitted to the immigration station in 1892. Also, check out the site's timeline, which takes you from the island's origins to the completion of the $156 million-dollar restoration in 1990. For many of our forefathers, this is the island where it all started. They were coming to America.

Visit: www.historychannel.com/ellisisland
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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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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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