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Photo, Mussel Harvester, Pearl, Illinois, Marshall County Historical Society.

Explore river life—with a particular focus on food harvesting. [...] »

Photo, A papier-mache cow. . . , 1944, Herald Newspaper, Flickr Commons

Why did George Washington start gathering national data on agriculture? [...] »

Map, A map of the British and French dominions in..., 1755, J. Mitchell, LoC.

Follows Jefferson's life, political participation, and accumulation of [...] »

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Map, Preliminary map no.2 of the country surveyed in 1872 and 1873, 1873, LoC

Looking for maps with an environmental focus? Try here. [...] »

Map, Accurata delineatio..., c.1734, Matthaeus Seutter

View 400 hundred years of cartography from the Illinois area. [...] »

Photomechanical print, "Detroit. . . ," Detroit Photographic, 1898-1905, LoC

How can one means of transportation be used to teach American history? [...] »

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Map, Captain John Smith's Map of Virginia, 1612

A map can tell you more than east, west, north, and south. [...] »

Print, Carolina Parrot, c.1827-1838, John James Audubon, Birds of America, UoP

Human history affects more than human beings. [...] »

Photo, 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Poster Art Contest, SodexoUSA

The cherry trees in Washington, DC were a gift from Japan. What does their [...] »

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