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Earth Day

Have you ever thought of the landscape around you as a primary source? Learn how to read your environment to learn about the past with resources created by an environmental historian. FIND OUT MORE »

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Native Americans and the Environment Logo, 2002 NCSE.

A collection of resources and educational information regarding Native American [...] »

Photo, Yosemite Wilderness & Koip Crest, August 26, 2010, chucklepix, Flickr

Beautiful scenery or impassable peaks? These 17 in-depth essays analyze how the [...] »

Watercolor, Ichi-you, K. Tsunoi, c.1918-1921, Library of Congress

Discover the rich history of DC's cherry trees and what they reveal about U.S./ [...] »

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Photo, "Rural school girl. . . ," John Vachon, April 1943, LoC, Flickr Commons

Teacher Eva La Mar's third graders become historians, writers, and [...] »

Print, Let them grow, 1938, Stanley Thomas Clough, WPA, Library of Congress

Earth Day gives students a chance to consider how human relationships with the [...] »

Watch Smithsonian curator Barbara Clark Smith discuss John Smith’s Map of [...] »

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Map, Captain John Smith's Map of Virginia, 1612

A map can tell you more than east, west, north, and south. [...] »

Print, Carolina Parrot, c.1827-1838, John James Audubon, Birds of America, UoP

Human history affects more than human beings. [...] »

Photo, 2011 National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Poster Art Contest, SodexoUSA

The cherry trees in Washington, DC were a gift from Japan. What does their [...] »

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