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American Experience's Summer Vacation

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From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Aug 15 2002 - 15:39:43 PDT


News from American Experience
http://www.pbs.org/amex

In this issue:
- American Experience Online Summer Vacation Guide

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Been away this summer? Making plans? Or just wishing you
could visit some of America's greatest places? Check out
American Experience's summer vacation Web sites and enjoy a
few of America's natural and historic wonders.

Visit Art Deco Miami Beach
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/miami/sfeature/decomiamibeach.html

Americans flock to South Beach for nightclubs and oceanfront
fun. But did you know Miami also has a historic Art Deco
District? The Breakers, The Shellborne, and The Surfcomber
are just a few of the famous buildings lining the beach.
Visit them online -- and learn about the preservationists
that saved these neon wonders from the wrecking ball.

Explore Mount Rushmore
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/rushmore/sfeature/sf_carving.html

Giant granite likenesses of presidents George Washington,
Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln draw
crowds to South Dakota every summer. The carvings are
enormous: Lincoln's mole is sixteen inches wide, and
Roosevelt's mustache is twenty feet across! Tour this
extraordinary national monument before, during and after it
was carved into stone.

Learn about Coney Island and the History of Roller Coasters
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/coney/sfeature/history.html

Charles Lindbergh said that riding Coney Island's Cyclone
was scarier than flying an airplane. Built in 1927, the
Cyclone is considered the gold standard of roller coasters,
but was by no means the first American roller coaster. In
fact, roller coasters originated in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Log on and learn more about roller coaster history.

Head for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/ansel/sfeature/sf_sierra.html

Ansel Adams was an early fan of the Sierra Nevada, and was
instrumental in establishing the Kings Canyon National Park.
 An early member of the Sierra Club, Adams spent months in
the wilderness, documenting the region's wild beauty. Learn
more about grizzly bears, gigantic sequoia trees, mountains
and popular hikes.

Run a Colorado River Rapid
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/canyon/sfeature/rapidintro.html

Ever been to the Grand Canyon? Want to ride the Colorado
River's exciting rapids? Pick a course, run the rapid, and
then watch a professional river guide navigate Granite Rapid
following the same route you just took.

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Forwarded by:
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN
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