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Smithsonian Learning Lab Bright Ideas Newsletter

Dear Learning Lab Registered User,

Looking for more resources to support students’ National History Day research? We’re here to help! This issue features new primary and secondary sources to spark ideas for, and new perspectives on, studying Triumph and Tragedy in History.

Read the National Portrait Gallery’s article to learn about Americans who made history in the face of tragedy: abolitionist Sojourner Truth, President Woodrow Wilson, and Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple who were tried and sentenced for living together.

Next, dig into the complicated history of U.S. voting rights, or consider stories of American immigrant experiences in the 19th and 20th centuries. Explore private and public responses to the death of a U.S. president in a collection by Ford’s Theatre, the site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Finally, triumph over tragedy is the theme of a Senator John Heinz History Center collection on the scientific innovations that led to the polio vaccine and the fight against the detrimental environmental effects of pesticides.

If you have questions about any of these materials, tune in any Tuesday from 4 to 5 pm Eastern, for live “office hours“ with our staff. We’re always happy to help and glad to meet you!


Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

National History Day 2019:
Americans Making History
Blog Post
Stories of Triumph and Tragedy
From the National Portrait Gallery
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Clickable image of Richard and Mildred Loving (detail), by Grey Villet.
Triumph and Tragedy
in History

Two Centuries of Voting Rights
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Clickable image of Youth Vote Shoes, 1970s, entry to Learning Lab Collection
American Immigration
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Clickable image of Hibernia Fire Company Fire Hat, entry to Learning Lab Collection
National Leaders
Lincoln’s Assassination
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Clickable image of John Wilkes Booth Deringer, from Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 3224, entry to Learning Lab Collection
Pittsburgh Focus
Scientific Innovation
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Clickable image of Jonas Salk's Syringe, entry to Learning Lab Collection
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