This web site from the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History follows the inhabitants of a single house in Massachusetts, over the course of 200 years. The site runs in correlation with the museum’s “Within these Walls” exhibition, in which a real two-and-a-half story house was moved from Massachusetts to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and is now located on the museum’s second floor. Visitors to the web site–and the exhibit–are invited to discover the stories of five families who lived in the house from the 1760s to the 1940s and made history in their kitchens and parlors through everyday choices and personal acts of courage and sacrifice. Students learn how their lives reflected the great changes and events in American history, from colonial times, the American Revolution, slavery, and abolition to immigration, industrialization, and World War II. Virtual visitors are invited to look inside the house to find original architectural details, as well as furnishings that suggest how some of the rooms might have been used. Artifacts from the different time periods–such as an 18th-century doll, a rare Revolutionary War coat, an antislavery almanac, and World War II posters–all suggest what the daily lives of the home’s inhabitants may have been like. This easy-to-use, glossy site, which requires the Flash plug-in, provides kids and history teachers with a fascinating visual glimpse into different time periods throughout American history.

http://www.americanhistory.si.edu/house