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Connecting the Past and Present with the Immigrant Stories Project

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Elizabeth Venditto, Ph.D., is an immigration historian and manages the Immigrant Stories project at the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota.*Read More »
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Walking with Thoreau on Cape Cod

Corn Hill Beach, Truro, Massachusetts.
Most persons visit the seaside in warm weather…but I suspect fall is the best season…In October, when the landscape wears its autumnal tints,…that I am convinced is the best time to visit this shore…the thoughtful days begin, and we can walk anywhere with profit.—Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod  Read More »
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Taking a Stand: American Revolution and the Founders

Smithsonian Learning Lab: Taking a Stand. American Revolution and the Founders
What if your students had the vast resources of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and more—at their fingertips for this year’s National History Day project?Read More »
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Mission US: Mission 5 “Up from the Dust”

Opening image from Mission US: Mission 5 “Up from the Dust”
“Life in the galloping flatlands was a pact with nature. It gave as much as it took, and in 1935 it was all take.”—Timothy Egan, The Worst Hard TimeYou are a teenager growing up on a wheat farm in the Texas panhandle in the 1930s. How will you weather the terrible dust storms that will blanket your farm and survive the coming hardships of the Great Depression? Will you tenaciously fight to remain on the bone dry land of the Great Plains or hop a freight train to seek the golden promise of California? Read More »
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Celebrating Hispanic Culture through Poetry and Fiction

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September 15–October 15 marks Hispanic Heritage Month, a time when the nation is called to celebrate the cultures of those Americans whose roots lead back to countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Spain.Read More »
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