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U.S. Humanities Endowment Expands Internet Resource for K-12 Teachers

Addition of 26 humanities sites brings total number of EDSITEment links to 131

WASHINGTON, October 31, 2001--EDSITEment, the National Endowment for the Humanities' collection of the Internet's best humanities resources for K-12 teachers, has grown from 105 to 131 peer-reviewed Web sites, NEH announced today. The Web sites cover the fields of social studies, history, literature, foreign languages, art and culture. EDSITEment is hosted on NEH's Web site at

"EDSITEment provides K-12 teachers with in-depth, accurate, ready-to-use Internet materials on humanities topics," said NEH Chairman William Ferris. "Every Web site linked to EDSITEment has been selected by panels of teachers and other educators on the basis of excellence in content, site design and ease of use by teachers. EDSITEment is an extraordinary compilation of knowledge designed to help our teachers engage young people in the joys of discovery. It is truly a national resource for all teachers, students and lifelong learners."

EDSITEment includes three special teaching aids:

  • a monthly calendar of historical events with links to related content in EDSITEment;
  • a list of lesson plans by subject and developmental level using the content in EDSITEment; and
  • a monthly feature highlighting lesson plans and Web sites on a different theme each month.

EDSITEment is administered by NEH in partnership with WorldCom Foundation, the Council of the Great City Schools and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment is part of WorldCom Foundations's MarcoPolo program, which provides no-cost, standards-based Internet content for the K-12 teacher and classroom. NEH is one of seven educational organizations comprising the MarcoPolo partnership. Launched in October 1997 with links to 20 top humanities Web sites, EDSITEment grew to 49 sites in 1998, to 72 in 1999, to 105 in 2000, and to 131 in 2001.

Following is a list of the 26 Web sites linked today to EDSITEment:

American Collection: An Educator's Site
(National Council of Teachers of English)

American Studies
(University of Virginia)

Art Institute of Chicago
(Art Institute of Chicago)

Building Big
(Public Broadcasting Service)

Casa de Joanna

Cave of Lascaux
(French Ministry of Culture and Communication)

The City (La Ciudad)
(Public Broadcasting Service)

(Public Broadcasting Service)

(Harvard University)

Explore DC

F. Scott Fitzgerald Centenary
(University of South Carolina)


Indivisible: Stories of American Community
(Duke University)

Jazz: A Ken Burns Film
(Public Broadcasting Service)

Kate Chopin: A Re-Awakening
(Public Broadcasting Service)

(Kennesaw State University)

Modern American Poetry (MAPS)
(University of Illinois)

My History is America's History
(National Endowment for the Humanities)

(Public Broadcasting Service)

National Gallery of Art
(National Gallery of Art)

National Park Service: Links to the Past
(National Park Service)

NGA Kids
(National Gallery of Art)

Plymouth Colony Archive Project
(University of Virginia)

Scribbling Women
(Public Media Foundation)

Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture
(University of Virginia)

Witchcraft in Salem Village
(University of Virginia)


About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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