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Web de Anza is an interactive environment for studying Spain's exploration and colonization of "Alta California" (1774-1776). Diaries and letters (available in both English and Spanish), maps and...  (University of Oregon, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Vistas: Visual Culture in Spanish America, 1520-1820 examines colonial-era Spanish America -- a region that covered much of the Americas, extending from California to Chile from the 16th century to the early 19th century. Primary...  (Smith College, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire, 1897-1916 provides 26 films of San Francisco from before and after the Great Earthquake and Fire. The earthquake struck on April 18, 1906, along the San Andreas Fault, damaging most central...  (Library of Congress)
Quake: 1906 San Francisco Quake tells why the April 18, 1906, earthquake along the San Andreas Fault was "one of the most significant earthquakes of all time." See photos, eyewitness accounts, the 1906 seismogram...  (U.S. Geological Survey)
The Chinese in California, 1850-1925 presents 8,000 photos, paintings, letters, diary excerpts, pamphlets, and speeches that portray the experiences of Chinese immigrants in California during that time period...  (Library of Congress)
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)
Early History of the California Coast is a travel itinerary that highlights 45 historic places that help tell the story of Spanish colonization of California. Learn about forts, churches, adobe houses, historic districts...  (National Park Service)
Voices from the Dust Bowl, 1940-1941 documents the everyday life of residents of Farm Security Administration migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941. This collection, from The Charles L. Todd and...  (Library of Congress)
The Fight in the Fields: Cesar Chavez and the Farmworkers Struggle tells the story of a man, a union, and a time when millions of Americans joined a just cause. The Fight in the Fields is a portrait of Cesar Chavez, the charismatic leader of the...  (Independent Television Service, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
Keys Ranch: Where Time Stood Still tells the story of Bill Keys, whose ranch was the center of a desert network of homesteaders and miners in the early 1900s. At age 15, Keys left his Russian parents' home in Nebraska...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Santa Clara County, California's Historic Silicon Valley features 28 historic places that illustrate how this fertile valley blossomed from small agricultural towns linked by railroad into a center of technological innovation. Located south...  (National Park Service)
Creating Hypertext Dialogues Drawn from Narrative History Collections invites students to use documents from "California As I Saw It: First Person Narratives, 1849-1900," to create hyperscripts depicting the motivations, expectations, fears, and...  (Library of Congress)
California Heritage Digital Access Project presents more than 28,000 images illustrating California's history and culture. The California Heritage Collection is part of the Online Archive of California, a compilation of guides...  (University of California, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
American Folklife Center features a directory of folklife resources in the U.S., migrant worker interviews and photos, ethnic folk music from Northern California in the 30s, Brazilian music, and more...  (Library of Congress)
Californio to American: A Study in Cultural Change looks at an area that was once part of an Indian village, then an outpost shelter for vaqueros (cowhands), and then the site where Californios (Spanish settlers in what is now the...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Locke and Walnut Grove: Havens for Early Asian Immigrants in California looks at the contributions of early Asian immigrants to the development of California's economic and agricultural industries. The site also identifies obstacles encountered by Asian...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Affidavit and Flyers from the Chinese Boycott Case introduces students to one instance in which immigrants overcame the ramifications of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 through the U.S. judicial system. This lesson correlates to the...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
Donner Party provides a transcript, map, and essays for a TV program that tells the harrowing tale of what tragically became one of the most famous of wagon trains. The Donner party set out from...  (WGBH, supported by National Endowment for the Humanities)
1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire provides photos, letters, and other documents about one of the most devastating natural disasters in U.S. history. Although it lasted only about a minute, the quake and its fires left...  (National Archives and Records Administration)
California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties is a multi-format ethnographic field collection project, undertaken during the New Deal, that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a...  (Library of Congress)
Grapes of Wrath Scrapbook aims to enhance reading and understanding of "The Grapes of Wrath" through ethnographic research -- collections of sound recordings, drawings, photos, fieldnotes, and correspondence...  (Library of Congress)
California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 consists of texts and illustrations of 190 works documenting California's history from the Gold Rush to the turn of the century. It captures the pioneer experience; encounters between...  (Library of Congress)
Touring Turn-of-the-Century America: 1880-1920 includes over 25,000 glass negatives and transparencies as well as about 300 color photolithograph prints, mostly of the eastern United States. A small group within the larger...  (Library of Congress)
The Frankish Building: A Reflection of the Success of Ontario, California helps students gauge the impact of the Chaffey brothers and Charles Frankish on Ontario, California, and compare their efforts with those of similarly important figures in their own...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Gold Fever! Seattle Outfits the Klondike Gold Rush focuses on the pivotal role that Seattle and Pioneer Square played as the chief outfitting and transportation center during the Klondike Gold Rush. It also looks at difficulties...  (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)
Figuring Somepin 'Bout the Great Depression is a lesson in which students examine songs, interviews, and photos of migrant farm workers in California during the Great Depression and then create a scrapbook from the point of view...  (Library of Congress)
The Conservation Movement at a Crossroads: the Hetch Hetchy Controversy is a two-part teaching unit about the controversy among conservationists over a proposal to turn part of Yosemite National Park into a dam to furnish water to San Francisco. The first...  (Library of Congress)
Cabrillo National Monument: Cabrillo as Classroom describes several classroom resources about the monument near San Diego, CA. Featured is the "Cabrillo Tidepool Study," a 4-week on-line unit designed for students at the 5th grade...  (National Park Service)
Alcatraz Island is home to one of the world’s most infamous prisons. From the 1930s to 1960s, Alcatraz was the premier maximum security prison, housing inmates such as Al Capone and George "Machine...  (National Park Service)

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