Week of March 4, 2001

Pet Mummies of Ancient Egypt

If you have a pet, you understand just how much people can love their animals. The ancient Egyptians were no different. In fact, they often mummified their pets and were buried with them. Grab a mouse and dig deep to find out all the amazing facts about animal mummi- fication at www.animalmummies.com. The Animal Mummy Project at the Cairo Museum Web site is dedicated to preserving these 3,000-year-old artifacts. Find out about the Egyptians' beloved pets and sacred animals. You can also learn about foods that were entombed with the dearly departed as well as about fake mummies. Finally, check out how mummies are made and how scientists preserve them. This is one site that will leave you screaming for your mummy!

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Tribute to Tuskegee

Head to the American Visionaries, Legends of Tuskegee Web site at www.nps.gov/history/
. This site highlights the fascinating stories of Tuskegee founder Booker T. Washington, the great teacher George Washington Carver, and the World War II fighter aces, the Tuskegee Airmen. It's packed with historical photos and serves as a great tribute to these African-American leaders. Fly by today.

Eyes on the Prize

March is Pulitzer Prize month. Learn all about the prestigious Pulitzer Prizes at www.pulitzer.org. Find out about the great publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the namesake of the prizes. Pulitzer Prizes are given for literature, music, drama and all aspects of newspaper journalism. Search the archives to find out who has won since the award's inception in 1917. Maybe you'll be inspired to take up the pen and try for your own Pulitzer.

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Wearin' of the Green

Many people think that St. Patrick's Day is for wearing crazy shades of green and going to fun parades. That's part of it, but there is also some cool history behind the holiday. St. Patrick was born in Wales and grew up to become a Catholic bishop. He traveled across Ireland and Great Britain for 30 years, establishing schools and monasteries. He once used a shamrock as an illustration in a sermon, leading to the shamrock's association with St. Patrick's Day. In A.D. 461, on March 17, St. Patrick died.

The Irish selected the day of his death to remember him and all of the great things he had accomplished. At www.st-patricks-day.com/about_
you can find more information about St. Patrick. Though it was originally celebrated as a Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day has evolved into a secular holiday, reaching to countries across the globe. St. Patrick's Day debuted in America in 1737 when it was celebrated in Boston for the first time. (Disclaimer: This site is now contains advertisements.)

-- Amy

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