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

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

Video still, George Wright's Legacy, 2009, National Park Service.

Visit this website to learn the history of many of the 384 areas under the [...] »

Illustration, Hamilton Carhartt, Detroit Manufacturer, LoC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 [...] »

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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