American Artifacts – Resources for teachers and students

Text Resources

Alice Walker, “Everyday Use”

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Auslander, Leora. “Beyond Words.” The American Historical Review 110.4 (2005): 1015-045.

Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. “Objects in the Classroom.” OAH Magazine of History 17.4 (2003): 57-59.


Digital Resources

Material Culture: American Folklife Center

Provides basic definition of material culture.

Beauty and the Quilt

Interview with a quilter from the Library of Congress American Folklife Collection 

The National Quilt Collection

Smithsonian: The National Museum of American History

Using quilts in the classroom from PBS

AIDS Memorial Quilt

AIDS Memorial Quilt – Digitized

The Advocacy Quilt

The Story of Stuff

“In December 2007, Annie Leonard and her friends at Free Range Studios put a 20-minute movie about the way we make, use, and throw away Stuff on the internet, unleashing a torrent of pent-up demand for honest conversation about the impacts of our consumer-crazed culture on people and the planet. In the six years since The Story of Stuff was released, Annie’s ‘cartoon about trash’ has been viewed more than 40 million times worldwide.”

Rebranding Anthropology

“The aim of the Rebranding Anthropology Textbooks is to offer a critique not just in words, but in counter images that make stark the construction of identities and the owner/subjects of the anthropological gaze in anthropological photography”


Instructional Resources

Stitching it Together

Lesson plan for grades K-5. Students create a paper quilt to learn about cultural differences and community connections.