NEH Connections

Chinese railroad workers

The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America

Stanford University’s online digital archive reflects the experiences of the Chinese migrant laborers whose work on the Transcontinental Railroad 1865-1869 was instrumental in the opening of the American West.

Jewish ghetto father and young daughter

Who Will Write Our History

Documentary film about Emanuel Ringelblum a historian whose secret archive buried on the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising preserves the experiences of his people. The website includes a timeline, image gallery, and other resources.


Congress passes Indian Removal Act

Opening of the first Eiffel Tower elevator to the public


Girl at sewing machine from Mission U.S. immigration game

Jewish American Heritage Month

Each May, EDSITEment celebrates Jewish American Heritage Month by pointing to the rich array of educational resources on the history of the Jewish people in America.

Manjiro Nakahama, first immigrant of Japanese descent to the United States

Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

Honor the contributions of Asian Americans. In celebration of this occasion, EDSITEment has compiled a list of resources to educate students about these contributions.

Best of the Web

Railroads and the Making of Modern America

This NEH-funded archive based at University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities traces the growth of railroads, telegraphs, and steam ships from 1850 to 1900 and the dynamic social change they brought to America. The website includes primary sources and teaching materials.

Making Modernism picture collage

Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in 20th-Century Chicago

The exhibit, based on an NEH-funded summer institute at the Newberry Library, focuses on the connection between Chicago's unique urban, economic, and cultural history and its literature. The website contains art, correspondence, poems, and ephemera by Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, and others, with informative essays and full bibliography.