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Last checked 12/14/2004

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  • Library of Congress American Treasures5 stars "To celebrate the treasures in its over 110 million item collection, the Library of Congress simultaneously opened an ongoing exhibition and this website on May 1. The site is divided into three parts: memory (history), reason (philosophy), and imagination (fine arts). At present there are 61 treasures, including the items found in President Lincoln's pocket after his assassination, Alexander Graham Bell's notebook entry for March 10, 1876 ("Mr. Watson--Come Here--I want to see you"), and an example of imaginative book design from the Janus Press. The top treasure is a rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. Each treasure is briefly introduced, and the user can then click on a thumbnail image to retrieve a much larger image and more detailed explanation. The online exhibition will provide a "cumulative record of many items that have been on display."
  • Library of Congress5 stars is a great site including thousands of images, documents, etc.
  • American Life Histories is part of the Federal Writer's Project, 1936-40, that attempted to record the plight of writers. The collection contains "...Over 2,900 documents...representing life in more than 20 states. Most of the manuscripts are narratives based on interviews with average people around the country, sort of a 1936 equivalent of a personal homepage. Start with an introduction to the Writers' Project and the Works Progress Administration (WPA), and then dive into the thousands of stories.
  • National Geographic5 stars does not disappoint.
  • The Discovery Channel5 stars has a web page that contains companion information associated with their television programming.
  • NOVA4 outta 5 As slick as the TV program.
  • The Y Forum5 stars This is an experiment in cultural diversity. "This site lets you anonymously ask possibly embarrassing questions you might have about those whose gender, culture, sexual orientation or any other aspect of life differs from yours. You will get answers from experts or those people who directly experience the facet of life you've asked about."
  • BBC
  • American Institute of Physics has some great info on Einstein and Bohr. Other historical info will be posted in the future.
  • SciCentral This is a gateway to all other science sites. The intent here is to "...centralize access to the most valuable scientific resources online..."
  • Visit the About the Gutenberg Project explains the attempt to catalog and digitize all written word. They had to redefine 'ambitious' when this project was started.
  • Increase + Diffusion is a Smithsonian magazine which "...explores the sociology, history, and science behind events."
  • Transcripts of Women's Speeches from Courtney Love to Maya Angelou, Hillary Clinton, Andrea Dworkin, Barbara Jordan, Betty Shabazz, and Margaret Thatcher are among the 75 or so complete speeches archived here..
  • Women in American History sponsored by the Encyclopedia Britannica.
  • Even the Selected Photographs of the Civil War is another great collection from the Library of Congress.
  • Even the Civil War Letters are letters from three brothers fighting in the Civil War.
  • Even the Civil War Album
  • has a lot of links to sites that are related to the Civil War including a collection of great, present day panarama photos.
  • Even the Smithsonian Museum of American History
  • Stories Behind Congressional Medal of Honor Awards has every story (although it's somewhat drier material from the Record).
  • What is Your Favorite Deep, Elegant, or Beautiful Explanation - from the Edge site. 192 responses - many are very thought provoking. Check out the other 'Annual Questions' which are equally interesting.
  • Edge The state purpose of this site is... "to arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves."
  • archives.org is a collection of audio and video files of just about everything. There are books, podcasts, sounds, video clips, music, etc. This site is also known as the Internet Archive, for good reasons.
  • WWF Global Network has information on conservation.
  • Vietnam War Veterans Home Page includes a list of names of the dead. Also, The Wall is a complete database of every name on the wall.
  • The Vietnam Wall is a 'virtual' copy of the wall with a database of the names. You can also create virtual stencils of names.
  • Official Olympic Committee Web Site
  • Mysterious Places like Easter Island, etc.
  • The Official Shroud of Turin Site
  • The Nevada Test Site Page - well, actually it is the DOE's web site with links to information about the Nevado Test Site resources, technologies, capabilities, and historical info.
  • Woodstock '69 includes many pictures donated by attendees.
  • NSArchive has government documents that have been recently declassified.
  • NightLine has some video and scripts from Ted Koppel's late night show.
  • Carnegie Hall
  • Beatles - over 36,000 links.
  • The Einstein Papers Project hopes to make available all of the writings of Albert Einstein including correspondence..
  • Dr Ruth Online has information and links related to sex.
  • Biographies is a companion to A&E's TV series. It has a searchable collection of 15,000 biographies.
  • A Short History of the Lobotomy Try it. You'll feel better.
  • The Academy of Achievement brings you "...face to face with the individuals that have shaped the 20th century."
  • TED Talks on Psychology
  • The Oregon Zoo
  • ZooWeb has links to all thing zooish. Includes links to zoos and aquariums, webcams at zoos, etc.
  • A Moment in Time has resources associated with historical moments in time. There are sound, picture, and text elements that are interesting and informative.
  • Life Magazine has a few of their photo essays online as well as other photojournalistic publications.
  • Naval History has material associated with ships of war.
  • The Privacy Forum has information and other links to related topics.
  • Eliza is the original artificial intelligence experiment. You can talk with the computer program.
  • Judy Blume's Official Web Site
  • Crystal Radio is all about crystal radios (dah).
  • Ben Franklin from the folks at the Franklin Institute. What an interesting man.
  • The Electric Franklin - great site for Ben Franklin fans.
  • Eyewitness is history as told by those who experienced it. Death of an Air Ace, Massacre at Wounded Knee, U-boat Attack, plus 14 others.
  • All about Exploratorium is a virtual museum.
  • Digital Public Library of America - is a great place to peruse 'exhibits' which are collections of material from archives and libraries focusing on a specific topic.
  • New York Public Library Digital Collections - a great collection of photos, videos, maps, documents, etc. with a nice search engine to help find stuff.
  • Idealist has links to thousands of non-profit organizations looking for volunteer help.
  • Galileo Galilei's Notes This site has images of his original notebooks on motion.
  • Sandlot Science has optical illusions with explanations.
  • Statue of Liberty Tour
  • Thomas Jefferson This is part of the American Memory site and said to contain more than 27,000 documents associated with Thomas Jefferson.
  • Betsy Ross includes a virtual tour of the Betsy Ross House.
  • Freedom Forum is full of news about encroachments on somebody's freedom all over the world.
  • Journey North is a very interesting and well presented site on the actual tracking of migrating animals north (and south) - specific birds and other animals are tracked using transmitter tags.
  • The First Amendment Site is all about the First Amendment.
  • Corporate Watch has information about corporate misbehaviour.
  • Women Inventors has biographies of great women inventors.
  • Star Spangled Banner has a history of the song.
  • Lives: The Biographical Resource has links to sites that are biographical.
  • Noise Pollution Clearinghouse
  • The Library of Congress' Alexander Graham Bell Family Papers has digital impages of Bell's papers.
  • eHow - a collection of how-to's with links to associated products - how to bike over a curb, how to rappel down a cliff, how to watch olympic diving, etc. - tutorials include video
  • First Gov has links to all kinds of government related or sponsored sites.
  • Seven Wonders of the World has information on all seven.
  • Watergate Tapes has transcripts and audio recordings of the entire collection of Watergate tapes.
  • Eye of the Storm is a journal of the Civil War in water color illustrations created at the time of the war.
  • Culture Finder is a search engine that finds cultural events in your city.
  • Tobacco Archives has all of the tobacco trial background material including studies on the addictive nature of tobacco.
  • The Noiseways Project which shows how Central Park or the Jersey Turnpike sounds with traffic and without.
  • Marconi Calling is all about the inventor of the wireless.
  • Teaching With Historical Places is a history site that uses current places and talks about what happened there back in time. Brought to us by the National Parks folks.
  • Pearl Harbor is a collection of items related to Pearl Harbor such as telegrams, letters, images, transcripts, etc. Very Interesting.
  • The Wright Brothers
  • New York City Public Library Digital Gallery You can browse for hours through photos and pictures, manuscripts, maps, etc.
  • Colossal is a site that displays photo-realistic art. Usually, unusual subject matter.
  • OpenCulture is a collection of links to free culture - ebooks, courses, audio books, movies.
  • Letters of Note is a collection of letters and other written communications which are, at least, fascinating. Some are historically significant while others are just poignant.
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