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Mount Vernon Issue Date: 04-12-2015

Cool Spots imageTake a virtual tour of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, mountvernon.org/site/virtual-tour. Watch Welcome to the Virtual Tour and note the features that Washington added to the exterior to demonstrate his position in society. Can you guess which room was considered the most elaborate one in the house? Watch the video of the cupola to find out its practical purpose. Among his other interests, Washington was an avid gardener. Explore the Outbuildings, Gardens & Landscapes, Distillery & Gristmill and Library to find out more about his everyday life.

Visit: http://mountvernon.org/site/virtual-tour
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Making a Modern Museum Issue Date: 04-05-2015

Cool Spots imageThe National Museum of American History opened in 1964 as the Museum of History and Technology, with roots going back to 1881. Making a Modern Museum, tinyurl.com/l4f5c5o, shares its evolution from displaying objects featured in the 1876 United States Centennial Exhibition to emphasizing the role of history and technology. Watch the Exhibition Video to hear from key players in the museum’s history, then Explore the Exhibition and see how exhibits such as the Gowns of the First Ladies have changed since the 1920s.

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Early Money Issue Date: 03-01-2015

Cool Spots imageThe shiny coins in your piggy bank look different from the coins used in Colonial Williamsburg in the 1600s. Coins and Currency in Colonial America, history.org/history/museums/coinExhibit, is a valuable collection of early American coins, medals and paper money. While settlers in Virginia didn’t find precious metals to use in minting coins, other countries’ coins were accepted for almost 70 years. Scroll through the timeline of coins and View Size Relative to a Modern Quarter. Each coin is unique. Select the ones you find interesting and learn more about their origin and value. Visit Revolutionary Money to see a coin designed by Benjamin Franklin.

Visit: http://history.org/history/museums/coinExhibit
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About U.S. Presidents Issue Date: 02-15-2015

Cool Spots imageAs we celebrate The Presidents, whitehouse.gov/about/presidents, this week, take a moment to learn more about these American leaders and their families. Begin with a presidential slideshow and read the biographies under their images. Although you learn about presidents in history class, there are facts about their lives that may not appear in your textbooks. For instance, which president was in office for only one month? Which president served two non-consecutive terms? Learn more about presidential family life in the links to the biographies of their spouses.

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Learning Games Issue Date: 01-25-2015

Cool Spots imageDynaMo, bbc.co.uk/schools/dynamo, and his friends love to learn through games. Take a Step Back in Time with Gleep and Josie in History. Gleep is an alien who visits Josie while she is doing a project about how people lived 100 years ago. Josie’s house looked very different in 1900. Discover what people did for entertainment at home before television. Do you like trivia? DynaMo’s Show has you drag objects to their time period. Dynamazing Games like Splat! challenge you with questions about subjects from math to science.

Visit: http://bbc.co.uk/schools/dynamo
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