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Pyramids - The Inside Story

Who built the Pyramids? How old are they? You can get answers to questions like these and explore the Pyramids of Egypt at this excellent PBS/NOVA site.


Plimoth Plantation

A living history museum set in 1627 where you can learn about how the Pilgrims lived, their voyage to the New World, the first Thanksgiving, and much more.


The Origins Of Labor Day

Over 100 years ago, the first Labor Day was observed. This PBS web site explains how the holiday was born, and how it's celebrated today.


Odyssey Online

Explores ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Includes museum objects, puzzles, games, worksheets, more.


Mayflower History

This fascinating site chronicles the history of the Mayflower and its journey to Cape Cod. It contains historical information on the "first" Thanksgiving, Pilgrim religious beliefs, and even criminal histories of some Pilgrims.


Maya Adventure

Highlights science activities and information related to ancient and modern Maya culture. Interactive 'Start Your Adventure' activity.


Ancient Egypt

Learn about the ancient pyramids, find out how to write your name using hieroglyphs, discover the secrets behind Egyptian mathematics, and more at this informative site.


The Library Of Congress

Historic articles, documents, photographs, movies, maps and sound recordings. A great source for a look at America's history.


HyperHistory Online

People, history, events, and maps are presented through an easy-to-use graphical time-line. This excellent site contains over 1,600 files covering 3,000 years of world history.


Harriet Tubman And The Underground Railroad

The history of Harriet Tubman, who led 300 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Includes quiz, timeline, pictures and more.


The First Thanksgiving

This attractive site from Scholastic lets you "discover pilgrim life as if you were there." You can meet the passengers and crew of the Mayflower, see how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived, view a picture time line, play the Thanksgiving Cyber-Challenge, and more.


Collapse - Why Do Civilizations Fall?

Throughout history, civilizations have gone through periods of growth and decline. This site explores the collapse of four ancient societies and lets you search for clues and come to your own conclusions as to why the Maya fell.


At Home In The Heartland

Explore family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present. Real-life stories about the people who lived there give this site a very personal touch.


America's Story

Take a fun and educational look at the stories of America's past, brought to you by the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world.


The 1900 House

Did you know that having a bathroom in your house in 1900 was something only the wealthy could afford? Take a tour of this 1900 house and see what home life was like through the eyes of a family who actually lived in it.


1492: An Ongoing Voyage

Who lived in the Americas before 1492? How did contact with the Europeans affect them? What was Columbus really like? Find the answers to questions like these and many more at this Library of Congress site.