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If you're studying political science or political history, this symposium is for you. It covers campaigning, polling, voting, and more while looking at the role that political “machinery”--campaign advertisements, voting machines, automated opinion polls, and others--play in our democracy

Fall Fridays are perfect for teachers in Washington, DC. From September 7 through November 16, we are offering historical theater and interactive activities every Friday from 10 AM to 1 PM. Students can join a civil rights sit-in at the Greensboro lunch counter or learn science with Joseph Henry, who in 1846 became the first secretary of the Smithsonian. Hands-on carts and gallery interpreters will be also available for students to discover history.

Reverend Dennis Kamakahi was recently at the museum to donate artifacts to the collection. We sat down with the award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist to record an Explore History podcast. Check it out with your students.

Find resources for teaching about the inauguration and the presidency on Smithsonian's History Explorer http://historyexplorer.si.edu/themes/theme/?key=128

Tomorrow, kids are the curators. Kids from around the US will share their National History Day exhibits with museum visitors. If you're an educator, parent, or student, our "making the most of National History Day" guide is just for you,

Are your students or kids involved with National History Day? If so, join us for the first in a series of Google hangouts teaching best practices for each contest category. Tonight (Jan. 21) at 7 PM EST, Christopher Wilson--creator of our acclaimed theater program, Join the Student Sit-Ins--will discuss how to make a meaningful and effective performance. #sschat

Many teachers are bombarded with resources for teaching Constitution Day, most of which are wonderful and very engaging for students. However, it would be great to see some cross-curricular resources for Constitution Day that include lessons for those of us teaching the various other social studies courses. As I discussed this issue during the summer with members of the History Explorer team at the National Museum of American History, they were able to offer me valuable insights...

"This lesson ... forced my students to see an extremely polarizing historic individual in a truly human light," - U.S. AP History Teacher Jason Fox on his "Time Trial of Andrew Jackson" lesson, which he describes in this blog post.