Civil War 150: Treasure Trove of E-Learning

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2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. Civil War, and these impressively informative websites will help you brush up on your Civil War knowledge. They also offer information on ongoing commemorative events throughout the next several years:

http://www.civilwar.org/150th-anniversary/
A fascinating site where you may search for battlefields near you and even download “battle apps” for your iPhone!  Don’t miss the History Center (click the Education tab at the top of your screen).  From the Civil War Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving America’s Civil War battlefields.

http://www.history.com/interactives/civil-war-150#/home
This History Channel link will take you directly to an interactive site on the Civil War.  Their site also includes videos and a downloadable day-by-day Civil War iPad app (“Get daily Civil War updates from April 12, 2011 through April 26, 2015”).

http://www.nps.gov/cwindepth/civwar150_states.html
State by state, see outstanding websites dedicated to the Civil War Sesquicentennial.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/civil-war
Ongoing coverage of Civil War 150 events from the Washington Post.

http://www.nps.gov/civilwar150/
Commemorative site from the National Park Service.

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Summertime Walks in the Parks

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Yes, even a summertime road trip can be a college prep experience!

For fun and enlightenment, consider traveling to a National Park.  Though “National Park” might conjure thoughts of Yellowstone and hiking trails, the Park Service offers visitors much more: according to the NPS website, parks include “monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.”

Thus, your “walk in the park” is likely to deepen your knowledge about geology, history, or science (think feats of engineering such as those showcased at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis or the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina).

Learn more about the Parks (and search for one near you) here:

http://www.nps.gov/index.htm

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