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Bound for Glory: America in Color is the first major exhibit of 70 prints (made from color transparencies taken between 1939 and 1943) showing the effects of the Depression on people in rural America and small towns...  (Library of Congress)
Southern Nevada: The Boomtown Years provides more than 1500 primary documents, photos, and maps that tell the story of southern Nevada's boom towns (in the late 19th and early 20th centuries). Special sections focus on...  (UNLV, supported by Institute of Museum and Library Services)
History of the American West, 1860-1920 features 30,000 photos of Colorado towns and landscapes that document the role of mining in the history of Colorado and the West. Photos of Native Americans from more than 40 tribes...  (Library of Congress)
Building America's Industrial Revolution: The Boott Cotton Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts features one of the oldest surviving textile mill complexes in the U.S. Learn how technology revolutionized the textile-manufacturing industry, and, in turn, affected mill...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Chattanooga, Tennessee: Train Town helps students see how geography and promotion combined to encourage the growth of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and how railroads shaped the organization and architecture of this and other...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: A Moravian Settlement in Colonial America looks at this area (along the Lehigh River) that became the center of industry and community for Moravians, a Protestant group that migrated to colonial America seeking opportunity and...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Oberlin History as American History offers exhibits that tell about the lives and histories of the people of Oberlin, Ohio. The website features the story of an Amistad captive, Oberlin women and the struggle for...  (Oberlin College, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Thurmond: A Town Born from Coal Mines and Railroads recounts the story of the New River Gorge area in West Virginia. It is mountainous and remained sparsely populated and largely inaccessible until 1873, when the Chesapeake and Ohio...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Waterford, Virginia: From Mill Town to National Historic Landmark tells the story of a village west of Washington, D.C. In 1733, Amos Janney purchased 400 acres along Catoctin Creek and built a mill for grinding flour and sawing wood. As fellow...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Wheat Farms, Flour Mills, and Railroads: A Web of Interdependence examines those three industries as they evolved together in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and North Dakota during the late 1800s. The three depended on each other for success and...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Northern Great Plains, 1880-1920 shows 900 photographs from the Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak Photograph Collections of rural and small town life at the turn of the century. Highlights include images of sod houses...  (Library of Congress)
Small-Town America, 1850-1920 presents 12,000 photographs of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut from the 1850s to the 1910s from a collection at the New York Public Library. The views show natural landscapes as...  (Library of Congress)
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