Make the most of your history-oriented field trip by preparing for your visit ahead of time with online activities, lessons, and more.
- Building a House in the 17th Century
In this activity you will find a list of twelve individuals who were living in St. Mary’s County in the 1680s. These people represent various levels of wealth which were based on the values of their estates taken from their probate inventories. As you build your house, you will be using figures that were based on surviving records from the 17th century that included construction costs. For each choice you make, the appropriate image will appear. When you are finished, a complete house will appear. If you run out of money before your house is finished, you can try again with the same person or you can try a different one.
- Meet the Nutheads
Find out what it takes to work a colonial printing press and print a document. There are three activities to try.
WAR OF 1812
- Ft. McHenry Archival Library
The collections include archival copies of original letters, maps, and other primary source materials relating to people, events, and the material culture of the parks historic themes from the Revolutionary War to the American Civil War.
- Women in Cryptological History
Research notable women and African-Americans who have contributed to the field of cryptology and US national security at a time when the field was dominated by white men.
- German v Allied Codemaking
Watch an online hour-long CSPAN video lecture comparing WWII cryptography methods.
FOR OLDER KIDS
- What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been
A fascinating anthology that analyzes questions like: What if the Allies never cracked the Engima code? Use this book as a jumping-off point for your own research or discussions.
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