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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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Photo, Russ Hopcroft, from the University . . . , 2002, Ian MacDonald, NOAA

Explore the history of science and technology, maritime history, and the nation [...] »

Photo, . . . trephining [sic]. . . , 1926, Library of Congress

Don't let "natural history" scare you away! The museum covers anthropology as [...] »

Illustration, Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis and Clark and the Revealing...

180 documents and artifacts interpret 19th-century westward exploration and the [...] »

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Map, Preliminary map no.2 of the country surveyed in 1872 and 1873, 1873, LoC

Looking for maps with an environmental focus? Try here. [...] »

Photography, Green Elephants Garden Sculptures, 18 Feb 2009, Flickr CC

Walk through the history of student gardening with documentarian Cintia Cabib, [...] »

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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 [...] »

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

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

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

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

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