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Photo. Grand View Trail Looking toward Apache Point from Mystic Spring Plateau.

There's more to the West than cowboys. [...] »

CCC men after putting out a forest fire, 1933, NY State Digital Archives

The work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in central New York State. [...] »

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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Transparency, Camouflage class. . . , 1943, Marjory Collins, Flickr Commons

Maps show far more than how to go from point A to point B! Discover how to [...] »

Globe, North America, 30 April 2007, Flickr CC

Young students locate themselves on a map and explore spatial relationships [...] »

Offset lithograph, Map Reading Class, c. 1904-1927, NYPL Digital Gallery

Have you always wanted to use maps in your classroom, but been unsure how to do [...] »

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Photo, Sea Lion performance, c.1971-1982, http://www.floridamemory.com/

How did explorers describe the plants and animals they discovered in America? [...] »

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. [...] »

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