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View it in your browser.Smithsonian’s History Explorer offers hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. The site is designed for use by K–12 teachers and students, afterschool program providers, families, and individuals interested in lifelong learning. Check out some of the free resources about inaugurations and the presidency:
- White House Historical Association’s History of Presidential Inaugurations. Through the use of historical images and interesting anecdotal information, students will learn how inaugural ceremonies have changed from modest affairs to modern extravaganzas. Also included at the end of the online exhibition is an entertaining trivia quiz that helps students review what has been learned.
- Documentary photographs of presidential inaugural events and festivities are the focus of this online collection from the Smithsonian Photographic Services. Included are photographs from the inaugurations of Presidents Reagan through Clinton, as well as select images of inaugural celebrations that have been held at the Smithsonian since 1881.
- The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History exhibit, “The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden,” offers accompanying online resources, including a list of the presidents, a timeline of presidential candidates, a summary of the military service of presidents, as well as a bibliography and websites related to the presidency.
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