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New This Week for November 5, 2009
This Week
Enjoy timely sites related to Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, American Indian Heritage Month, John F. Kennedy (died November 22, 1963), Mark Twain (born November 30, 1835), and the Leonid meteor showers. On the health front, find resources on American Diabetes Month, the Great American Smokeout (November 19), and the flu.

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Arts and Humanities

National American Indian Heritage Month
"To promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians and Alaska Natives during National American Indian Heritage Month," this National Park Service site presents monuments, buildings, and other places associated with the prehistory and history of Native Americans. Includes lesson plans and travel itineraries.
URL: http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/indian/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/2041

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
This portion of the Smithsonian Institution located in New York and Washington, D.C., "is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans." The site features numerous online exhibitions on subjects such as ancient Mexican art, basketry, and works of contemporary artists. Also includes classroom materials and information about the collection and the NMAI outreach and education programs.
URL: http://www.nmai.si.edu/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/19146

Thanksgiving Recipes From America's Past
Find recipes for mince pie (1832), chestnut stuffing (1891), roast turkey with truffle gravy (1905), and a variety of pies and other holiday dishes. Recipes are accompanied by vintage illustrations. From the Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth, Massachusetts).
URL: http://www.pilgrimhall.org/thanksrec.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/1962

Government

Nationwide Gravesite Locator
This searchable database from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs "contains more than three million records of veterans and dependents buried in VA's 120 cemeteries since the Civil War. It also has records of some burials in state veteran's cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery from 1999 to the present." Search results include military branch and rank, birth and death dates, and location of the gravesite.
URL: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/6829

Oswald's Ghost
Website companion to a January 2008 documentary that "takes a fresh look at [John F.] Kennedy's assassination, the public's reaction to the tragedy, and the government investigations that instead of calming fears lead to a widespread loss of trust in the institutions that govern our society." Documents discuss media coverage of the assassination, the Warren Commission, frequently asked questions about the assassination, and related topics. Includes a teacher's guide, program transcript, and links. From WGBH.
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/oswald/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25268

Health

FDA 2009 H1N1 (Swine) Flu Virus
This page compiles news, advisories, and fact sheets for consumers and health professionals about 2009 H1N1 flu (swine flu) virus. It includes a fraud alert about websites claiming to sell prevention and treatment products, information about antiviral drugs and influenza medications, and updates about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involvement with and response to the H1N1 flu virus threat. Also includes information about personal protective equipment (such as face masks). From the FDA.
URL: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/PublicHealthFocus/ucm150305.htm
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28315

google.org: Flu Trends
This tool "uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity." View data for the U.S. (national and states) and several other countries, and download raw data for current and historical estimates. Provides an overview of the tool and a FAQ. From Google.
URL: http://www.google.org/flutrends/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27171

The Great American Smokeout Challenge
Held each November "to help smokers quit cigarettes for at least one day, in hopes they will quit forever." The site includes information to help smokers prepare and follow through with the decision to quit, and outlines the benefits of quitting. From the American Cancer Society.
URL: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/greatamericans/Smokeout.asp
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/511

MedlinePlus: H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu)
Compilation of links to publications and websites about swine flu, which is "named for a virus that pigs can get. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen." Includes links to fact sheets, news, travel advisories, clinical trials, and other resources from government and health agencies. From the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/h1n1fluswineflu.html
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28314

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Easy-to-Read Publications
Collection of easy-to-understand publications on diabetes, digestive diseases (such as peptic ulcers and celiac disease), kidney diseases, and urological diseases (such as bedwetting and urinary tract infections). Publications include many simple diagrams and illustrations. From the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).
URL: http://www2.niddk.nih.gov/HealthEducation/HealthEzToRead
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25715

Home & Housing

FoodSafety.gov: Holidays
This site presents links to holiday food safety information from federal and state government agencies. Covers topics such as safe food handling and storage to prevent foodborne illness. Listen to podcasts on topics such as safe preparation of eggnog and preventing foodborne illness from food on the buffet table. Website maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
URL: http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/events/holidays/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/11277

Turkey for the Holidays
This guide includes information on turkey cooking techniques, selection, carving, side dishes, nutrition, food safety, and using leftovers. Also features interesting trivia and facts about turkey and Thanksgiving, and related links. From the University of Illinois Extension.
URL: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/turkey/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/9223

People

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
This museum in Hannibal, Missouri, includes author Mark Twain's boyhood home, the home of the girl who was the model for the Becky Thatcher character in "Tom Sawyer," and his father's office and courtroom, which was the model for the courtroom in "Tom Sawyer." The site features images of the buildings, a chronology and genealogy, a book publishing history, a large collection of lesson plans, and a section for children.
URL: http://www.marktwainmuseum.org/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/13089

Regions of the World

Puerto Rico and the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives
"Portrays the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories." Topics include "the land and its resources, relations with Spain, the competition among political parties, reform efforts, and recollections by veterans of the Spanish-American War." Materials date from 1831 through 1929, and most are in Spanish. Includes background essays. From the American Memory Project of the Library of Congress.
URL: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/puertorico/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/15227

Science

Leonids: Leonid Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign (Leonid MAC)
Find forecasts, results, and images of Leonid meteor showers. Also includes background, news, biographies, and other material from 1998-2002 Leonid Multi-Instrument Aircraft Campaign (MAC) missions and more recent Leonid storm research. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
URL: http://leonid.arc.nasa.gov/
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/14492


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