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Learning Resources

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Photo. Grand View Trail Looking toward Apache Point from Mystic Spring Plateau.

There's more to the West than cowboys. [...] »

Map, Map of Grand Canyon National Park, 1926, Library of Congress Geography/Maps

16th-century to present-day maps, focusing on Americana and cartographic [...] »

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

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

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Teaching Resources

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

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

screencap, energyville

Get students thinking about planning and prediction in the past with this game [...] »

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 [...] »

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Put your knowledge to the test!

Photo, Sea Lion performance, c.1971-1982, http://www.floridamemory.com/

How did explorers describe the plants and animals they discovered in America? [...] »

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

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

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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