"You Be the Historian" is an interactive online exhibit presented by the Hands-on History Room of the National Museum of American History. Elementary and middle-grade students are asked to figure out what life was like 200 years ago for a family in New Castle, Del., by examining such artifacts as a flail and sickle, a mortar and pestle, tax records, and a will. Students are then asked to consider what future historians might learn about people today by examining objects in the students' own homes. The site includes suggestions for how teachers...

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