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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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Stars and Stripes Issue Date: 01-16-2000

Cool Spots imageTake a virtual voyage to Washington, D.C., and feast your eyes on the flag that inspired the national anthem at The Star-Spangled Banner Web site. The original masterpiece, located at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, can now be enjoyed online at http://americanhistory.si.edu/ssb. Once there, you'll enjoy the incredible story of the flag, from its place in military battles to Francis Scott Key's famous poem written in 1814. In addition to the rich history of the anthem, you'll find stories about the flag's design and its role as a patriotic symbol. Over time, the Star-Spangled Banner has enjoyed many cool looks, incorporating stars, stripes, a pine tree and even a rattlesnake. Be sure to try "You Solve The Mystery," and join historians in trying to determine the true creator of the flag as well as how the flag has been altered over time. You'll also meet the professionals who have worked hard to preserve and restore the flag's condition. Long may it wave!

Visit: http://americanhistory.si.edu/ssb
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Adventures in Citizenship Issue Date: 01-09-2000

Cool Spots imageStart spreading the news. Be a filmmaker, skyscraper builder, sleuth and freedom fighter all in one day. You can wear many hats when you go to New York City. It's an easy navigation across the miles and through the centuries when you locate http://pbskids.org/bigapplehistory on your map. Learning Adventures in Citizenship is like a time machine that puts you into the action. Board a ship in New York Harbor in the 1700s, and join the fight for the freedom of slaves. Watch the Statue of Liberty rise into the sky. Or work in one of the country's first movie houses. Check out the first movies ever made, and then go into action as the first silent film director in your neighborhood. Bring a little New York City into your life, and be sure to send some of your adventures back to New York for the cool Kids' Contest.

Visit: http://pbskids.org/bigapplehistory
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Watching the Years Go By Issue Date: 11-28-1999

Cool Spots imageFind out how our ancestors organized their nights and days without a digital watch or dayplanner. At Calendars Through the Ages, you'll find out how humankind has divvied up its time--from the Soviet Union's 5-day week to various religious calendars. Take a time-out at www.webexhibits.org/
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and learn about everything from the tropical year to the synodic month. There are all kinds of Islamic, Jewish and Christian. With amazing history and facts, Calendars Through the Ages is the best spot to prepare for the coming millennium countdown!

Visit: www.webexhibits.org/calendars
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