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U.S. History Topics » States & Regions » Midwest

At Home in the Heartland

explores family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present and examines contributions of various cultural groups to the state. It includes maps, timelines, historical artifacts, and lesson plans for teachers Grades 3-12. (Illinois State Museum, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

Catalogs can provide a wealth of information about the objects of everyday life found in many American homes. Catalogs illustrate prices, advertising methods, trends in purchasing and style, and can be used for actual object identification. In some cases catalogs show the length of time certain items were sold and used without changes in form. For example, almost identical irons are pictured in the Montgomery Ward catalog from 1872 until 1945.
Image of 1950 TV, made by RCA Victor, Camden, NJ. Bristol Model, Wood, glass, metal

Television, 1950

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