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Gouverneur Kemble Warren's Expedition

Help the Smithsonian Institution sort and catalog fossils, bones, rocks, and fish sent by 1850 West Point graduate G. K. Warren during his 1856 expedition, in this interactive map-based activity.

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This activity was created by a partnership between the West Point in the Making of America, 1802–1918 exhibition team and the staff of the Hands on Science Center (HOSC). Visit HOSC's web site to enjoy more activities in the History of Science or visit the Center at the National Museum of American History, Behring Center.

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Reading List for Students (Ages 4–15)

Bunting, Eve. The Blue and the Gray. New York: Scholastic Trade, 2001. (ages 4–8)

Cooper, Michael L. Hell Fighters: African American Soldiers in World War I. New York: Lodestar Books, 1997: (ages 9–15)

Fleming, Thomas. Band of Brothers: West Point in the Civil War (Walker’s American History Series for Young People). New York: Walker & Co., 1988. (ages 9–15)

Granfield, Linda. In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae. New York: Doubleday Books, 1995. (ages 4–8)

Granfield, Linda. Where Poppies Grow: A World War I Companion. Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 2002. (ages 9–12)

Hughes, Libby. West Point and Valley Forge. iuniverse.com, 2001. (ages 9–12)

Murphy, Jim. Boys War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk About the Civil War. New York: Clarion Books, 1993. (ages 9–12).

Turner, Ann Warren. Drummer Boy: Marching to the Civil War. New York: Harper Collins Children’s Books, 1998. (ages 4–8)

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