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How many of the 13 original states can you name?

If you were wondering, the original 13 colonies were Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island.

Preparing for the Oath is an award-winning online course first developed in 2013 to prepare immigrants in successfully passing the citizenship exam. We were delighted when the Smithsonian came back to ask us to update the project, rebuilding the site in HTML to be accessible on mobile, tablet and desktops.

A screen showing "learn and practice for the US naturalization test"
A woman holding up her hand in front of a crowd

The site maintains the dynamic rich media vignettes, interactive activities, and practice tests of the original, providing students with context and understanding of the people, events, and concepts that have shaped American democracy.

A cartoon of Martin Luther King Jr.
A screenshot of the interactive with the Statue of Liberty

Graphical elements drawn from objects in the museum’s storied collections provide a richly-textured guided exploration into the key concepts that govern our society.

A drag-and-drop interactive teaching about the Civil War
A man waving his hand in front of a crowd.


  • MuseWeb GLAMi Honorable MentionResources For General Audiences And Families, 2021

  • MuseWeb GLAMi Recognized by Special JurySocial Justice, 2021