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Illustration, Hamilton Carhartt, Detroit Manufacturer, LoC

Explore Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin life through rare books. [...] »

Illustration, Marshall Pass, Continental Divide, CO. Burlington Route, 1892, LoC

What impressions did the average citizen or foreigner form of early America and [...] »

Map, Authorized Birds Eye View of the Alaskan.., 1909, WSU Libraries.

Washington was once part of an area contested for between the U.S. and Great [...] »

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Watch Smithsonian curator Barbara Clark Smith discuss John Smith’s Map of [...] »

Photo, "Rural school girl. . . ," John Vachon, April 1943, LoC, Flickr Commons

Teacher Eva La Mar's third graders become historians, writers, and [...] »

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

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

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Illustration, "Karpfenschuppige Taube. . . ," 1880s, NYPL

For each pair of animal and plant species, identify the one that is not native [...] »

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

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

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

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

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