Eureka! California Gold Rush
Relive 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!
Flights of Fancy
The past century has seen some incredible feats from the world of aviation,
from the Wright brothers' first flight to the trans-Atlantic, airbound
voyage of Alcock and Brown. Put your tray-table up and visit Flights of
Inspiration at www.fi.edu/flights
the Web site dedicated to the history and science of flight. You'll learn
all about the science behind flight and how aircraft are developed by engineers.
You'll be amazed by Wilbur and Orville Wright's blueprints. Take the
first cross-Atlantic flying trip with John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown.
If you're ready to fly the friendly skies on your own, then buckle up
because you can design and build your own aircraft and pilot it through the
skies, too. Prepare for takeoff! (Disclaimer: This site now contains
History in a One-Inch Package
Did 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.
1. On what date was gold found at Sutter's Mill?
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