Friday, August 17, 2007

Smithsonian Institutution Online

In 1826, James Smithson, a British scientist, drew up his last will and testament, naming his nephew as beneficiary. Smithson stipulated that, should the nephew die without heirs (as he would in 1835), the estate should go to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men. Thanks to Smithson we have this wonderful national resource. Visiting the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. remains as one of the most breathtaking ventures in my lifetime and I have traveled extensively. Today, looking at the wonderful online resources, although not as delightful as being there, is still an exciting and enlightening experience. The website designed for ease in finding resources for everyone with gateways, such as, the student section and frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian with links to resources on subjects from Art to Zoology.

Grades 5 thru 12+

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