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Within These Walls: 1 House, 5 Families, 200 Years of History

This Website from the National Museum of American History (NMAH) opens a door on the everyday history of American families from 1757 to 1945. The exhibit is organized around a house in Ipswich, Massachusetts and five of the different families that lived there over time. Visitors can click on one of the family names at the top of the page to bring up a thumbnail introduction to the family, images and descriptions of artifacts from their house, and a brief description of how they used one of the rooms of the house. The House Clues section talks about how one uncovers the history of a house and its inhabitants, while This House explains a bit about the Smithsonian's acquisition of the home in the exhibit. Younger Internauts may enjoy the Go Back in Time section, which presents artifacts and asks visitors to guess which of the five time periods they belong to. The Resources section should prove useful for instructors or those inspired to delve further into the subject, as it features both a series of lesson plans and a list of additional sources (online and in print).
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June 8th, 2001
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April 7th, 2003 at 3:35pm
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April 7th, 2003 at 3:35pm
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