Exploring the Nation’s Capitol Online

With housing now open for the AHA’s upcoming Annual Meeting, some of you may be thinking about a trip to D.C. You may want to learn more about the history, the research opportunities, and the current events. Whether you’re planning for the annual meeting or are just interested in discovering more about our nation’s capitol, here are two sites that you should check out:

  • ExploreDC.org is organized into five main sections: Local History, Federal City, African American Heritage, U.S. Presidents, and Specialty Tours. This site may be of particular interest to teachers, who can find links to lesson plans for grades K-6 and 7-12, as well as plans for AP courses. There is also a “travelogue” application that allows teachers (or students and parents for that matter) to interactively plan an upcoming D.C. trip by selecting locations on a map and generating an itinerary that includes museum and destination hours and information.ExploreDC.org
  • H-DC, a part of H-Net (Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine), is an online discussion list that acts as both a forum and a bulletin board “for those who research, write, read, teach, collect, curate, and preserve Washington, D.C. history and culture.” But it’s more than that; it also offers a plethora of helpful information and links, including D.C. research locations, maps, a timeline, and more.H-DC

And keep checking back at the AHA’s Annual Meeting page for upcoming deadlines and information.

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