December 14, 2018

City Spotlight: St. Louis

St. Louis mapsSt. Louis image setHistorical films featuring St. Louis"Meet me in St. Louis, Louis" song recording"St. Louis Blues" song recordingSt. Louis sheet musicThe St. Louis Republic, 1900-06 St. Louis, Mo.St. Louis articles, correspondence & reportsSt. Louis books & other textsU.S. legislation related to St. LouisMissouri state primary source collections … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Trail of Western Migration

BackgroundThe “Corps of Discovery” expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the years 1804-1806 was instrumental in opening up western North America to settlement. After this defining exploration, fur companies further investigated  westward routes. Financed by John J. Astor's Pacific Fur Company, an 1812 expedition led by Robert Stuart began on the west coast at Fort Aster on the mouth of the Columbia River and forged eastward. A significant portion of the route … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Oregon Trail

From End of the Oregon Trail, America's Library: The Oregon Trail was a route used by people who traveled to Oregon Country, which is what Oregon was called before it became a state in 1859. The Oregon Trail was the most popular way to get to Oregon Country from about 1843 through the 1870s. The trail started in Missouri and covered 2,000 miles before ending in Oregon City. Oregon National Historic Trail History & Culture National Park ServiceMaps related to the Oregon TrailOregon … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Illinois Civil War Resources

Illinois Civil War books (1800-1929)Illinois Civil War sheet musicIllinois Civil War mapsIllinois Civil War image setMore Illinois Civil War imagesIllinois soldier historic newspaper coverage (1860-65)“The Union. V. Illinois and Missouri Compared” Continental monthly: devoted to literature and national policy Volume 3, Issue 3, March 1863YouTube videosIllinois During the Civil War, 1861-1865: Illinois, Native Americans and the Civil War Northern Illinois … [Read more...]

Featured Image: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Today in History: Missouri

Today in History–August 10–the Library of Congress features Missouri, which entered the Union this day in 1821, becoming the twenty-fourth state. Commonly known as the Show Me State, you can learn more about the state’s history and culture by visiting the Today in History section, then following the links below to access more primary source treasures.Missouri stories from America’s LibraryMissouri primary source setMissouri mapsMissouri imagesMissouri filmsMissouri songs … [Read more...]