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Carl Sandburg's Chicago: Bringing a Great City Alive Carl Sandburg's 1916 "Chicago" is one of the best known works of 20th century American literature. Included in countless anthologies, this poem made famous the description of Chicago...  (National Endowment for the Humanities)
TeachingHistory.org provides lessons, teaching guides, best practices, and other resources for teaching history. See videos on "what is historical thinking," teaching history in elementary school, and...  (TeachingHistory.org, supported by Department of Education)
Great Depression: Dust Bowl Migration includes photos, a teachers guide, and other resources for learning about the largest migration in American history. This migration occurred in the 1930s when poor soil conservation...  (Library of Congress)
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site: Protecting a Legacy of the Cold War tells the story of one of the most significant strategic weapons in U.S. history: the Minuteman ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile). By 1965 there were 1,000 Minuteman ICBMs...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Language of the Land: Journeys Into Literary America examines the "sense of place" evoked by landscapes described in the works of Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck, and other American writers. Literary passages are...  (Library of Congress)
Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 1820-1910 portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin from the 17th to the early 20th century through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories...  (Library of Congress)
The Ohio & Erie Canal: Catalyst of Economic Development for Ohio tells how the construction of this canal transformed one of the poorest states in the Union in the 1820s into the third most prosperous by 1840. The 308-mile canal helped open New...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Traveling the National Road tells the story of the first road built with federal funds. Construction of the 632-mile road from Cumberland, Maryland, to Vandalia, Illinois, began in 1811. The aim was to improve...  (National Park Service)
The Amana Colonies looks at the historic utopian society established in the 1850s along the Iowa River by German-speaking settlers from a religious group known as the Community of True Inspiration. The...  (National Park Service)
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)
Prairie Settlement: Nebraska Photographs and Family Letter illustrates the story of settlement on the Great Plains. Family letters of one homesteader express personal insight into the joy, despair, and determination in his struggle to...  (Library of Congress)
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)
First American West: The Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 consists of letters, journals, books, newspapers, maps, and images documenting the land, peoples, and exploration of the trans-Appalachian West. The first European travelers, their...  (Library of Congress)
Great Chicago Stories presents historical fiction that illuminates Chicago's past. Listen to (or read) 12 stories about the abolitionist movement; public housing and white flight; labor and the Haymarket...  (Chicago History Museum, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Back Stairs at Brucemore: Life as Servants in Early 20th Century America looks at the role of servants at a 33-acre estate during the early 1900s. The 21-room mansion was built in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the 1880s with a separate entrance, dining area, and...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Ohio and Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor is a travel itinerary of 50 houses, farms, churches, historic districts, and other sites. Learn about the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory (1772) and the...  (National Park Service)
Little House in the Census: Almanzo and Laura Ingalls Wilder displays records from the 1880 and 1990 census schedules showing that Laura Ingalls, Almanzo Wilder, and families of the popular Little House on the Prairie series were not mere...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Old Courthouse in St. Louis is exhibit about a place which, throughout the 19th century, served not only as a house of justice, but also as a public gathering place for pioneers planning their westward trek...  (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)
Coffeyville, Kansas: The Town That Stopped the Dalton Gang recounts the bank robbery attempt that made Coffeyville famous in 1892. Bob Dalton's gang had been robbing trains, stealing horses, and looting gambling houses in the Midwest. But...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Hardin County, Iowa presents 26 historic places—barns, civic buildings, churches, railroad depots, schools, and libraries—that depict the history of this county, known as the "Heart of the Heartland."...  (National Park Service)
The Freeman School: Building Prairie Communities examines a once common feature on the American West landscape: the one-room schoolhouse. This particular one-room school, originally known as the Red-Brick School House, served the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Photographs from the Chicago Daily News: 1902-1933 comprises over 55,000 images of urban life captured on glass plate negatives between 1902 and 1933 by photographers employed by the Chicago Daily News, then one of Chicago's leading...  (Library of Congress)
Detroit: A National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary exhibits residential, recreational, commercial, industrial, and religious locations to create an online tour of the city. The itinerary features 39 properties in the National Register...  (National Park Service)
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...  (Illinois State Museum, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Pipestone, Minnesota -- National Register of Historic Places Travel Itinerary features an area in the southwest corner of Minnesota that reflects a rich history of American Indian quarrying, prosperity brought by the railroad and mining enterprises, and a...  (National Park Service)

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