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Have you ever thought of the landscape around you as a primary source? Learn how to read your environment to learn about the past with resources created by an environmental historian. FIND OUT MORE »

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Find primary sources on the environment

Photograph, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii, Library of Congress.

This collection captures natural environments, ecologies, and plant communities [...] »

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

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

Map, A Map Exhibiting all the New Discoveries..., Aaron Arrowsmith, 1795, UVA

Explore cartography and the exploration of the North American continent. [...] »

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

Offset lithograph, Map Reading Class, c. 1904-1927, NYPL Digital Gallery

Have you always wanted to use maps in your classroom, but been unsure how to do [...] »

Watercolors, [View on the Erie Canal.], 1832, J.W. Hill, NYPL

Cutting through New York from the ocean to the Great Lakes, the Erie Canal [...] »

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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. [...] »

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

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

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