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Read historical fiction stories that illuminate Chicago's past. Use the Interactive History Map to look closer at artifacts from the collection of the Chicago History Museum and to explore locations throughout the city from each story. Build further on your experience with classroom activities.

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U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam; updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new. New states and territories will be added when they become available.

Wilfred Owen, British poet and WWI soldier, born

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Edgar Guest, poet and journalist, born

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FDR delivers last fireside chat

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Golden Gate Bridge opens

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Amelia Earhart becomes first woman to fly solo, non-stop across Atlantic

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World War II ends in Europe

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U.S. State and Territory Online Encyclopedias

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of some of the states and the territories.

Image from Sitting Bull (Tatanka Iotake) segment

On Being (formerly Speaking of Faith)

With NEH funding, the long running NPR program On Being (formerly called Speaking of Faith) has produced a series of biographical programs of influential 20th-century historic figures: Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, Takanka Iyotaka (Sitting Bull), Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Joshua Heschel, and Reinhold Niebuhr. These portraits focus on their lives and thought, their spiritual development, the effect of their work on others, and their impact in contemporary society — bringing special attention to their religious context and milieu.