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Westward Expansion
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Lost in the Grand Canyon
Run a Rapid [Non-Flash interactive]

Learn about the Colorado River's Granite Rapid, then choose a course and run it for yourself.

Lost in the Grand Canyon
The Geology of the Grand Canyon [Image-based]

"Scroll Down through History" to see the canyon's geology explained visually.

Murder at Harvard
The Parkman Family [Text-based]

Meet the extraordinary Boston family that made history -- in more ways than one.

Remember the Alamo
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Do you think you would have moved to the wild Texas frontier?

Remember the Alamo
Survivor Stories [Text-based]

Everyone in the Alamo was massacred... or were they?

Remember the Alamo
The Navarro Family [Text-based]

Meet an extraordinary early Texas family.

Remember the Alamo
The Republic of Texas [Text-based]

Find out about the 28th U.S. state's brief stint as an independent nation.

The Donner Party
Ric Burns Interview [Text-based]

Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns talks about making his film on the Donner party.

The Donner Party
Call of the West [Text-based]

Find out about the Mormons, adventurers, African Americans and others who set out for the frontier.

The Donner Party
The Breen Diary [Text-based]

Read excerpts from the journal of a Donner party survivor.

Transcontinental Railroad
Scouting the Route [Image-based]

Take a Western road trip through six states with the film production team.

Ulysses S. Grant
In His Shoes [Non-Flash interactive]

Travel back to the frontier and discover what Ulysses S. Grant's life was like growing up. Was it anything like yours?

Ulysses S. Grant
In His Shoes [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Travel back to the frontier and discover what Ulysses S. Grant's life was like growing up. Was it anything like yours? Compare your life with Grant's early life in our online polls about family origins, work, school and things you like to do.

Maps

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Putting Las Vegas on the Map [Flash interactive]

Survey the Las Vegas area and examine highlights of its development. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Lost in the Grand Canyon
John Wesley Powell's first expedition down the Colorado River. [Non-Flash interactive]

Trace Powell's expedition through the Grand Canyon. Text-only version available.

The Donner Party
Route to Hell [Non-Flash interactive]

Trace the emigrants' fateful route through the Sierras.

Primary source

Lost in the Grand Canyon
Connolly Writes His Story Of The Fearful Disaster [Text-based]

A false account of Powell's expedition, as reported by The Chicago Tribune on Saturday, July 3, 1869.

Lost in the Grand Canyon
The Powell Expedition [Text-based]

The Deseret Evening News reports the completion of Powell's journey.

Lost in the Grand Canyon
The Little Colorado to the Foot of the Grand Canyon [Text-based]

Chapter 11 from Powell's Book, "The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Canyons."

Timeline

Chicago: City of the Century
Early Chicago History [Text-based]

Explore a chronology of Chicago up to 1900.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Timeline [Text-based]

Explore a Las Vegas chronology.

Lost in the Grand Canyon
John Wesley Powell: A Chronology [Text-based]

Seabiscuit
Timeline [Text-based]

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Streamliners Timeline [Text-based]

Transcontinental Railroad
Timeline [Text-based]

Ulysses S. Grant
Timeline: Ulysses S. Grant's Life [Text-based]

Bibliography

Chicago: City of the Century
Further Reading [Text-based]

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Further Reading [Text-based]

Lost in the Grand Canyon
Bibliography [Text-based]

The Donner Party
Further Reading [Text-based]

Transcontinental Railroad
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

Annie Oakley
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take aim at the myth of the West, explore the lives and expectations of 19th century women, envision America's future and its past as seen in 1893 when Frederick Jackson Turner delcared the American frontier to be "closed," and discuss the lives of Native Americans in the late 19th century and as icons of Western nostalgia.

Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Dig beneath the city's surface to explore organized crime, the economics of casinos, the legal and moral issues of gambling, the history of atomic tests in Nevada, and what the image of Las Vegas means in American society. Read biographies of key figures in the city's development, see maps of its growth, and access primary sources from the era of atomic tourism.

Lost in the Grand Canyon
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Discover how government policy and technology changed life around the Colorado River and across the American West.

Seabiscuit
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Spend a day at the races and learn about leisure during the Great Depression, folk heroes, the rise of radio and creation of a national broadcast audience, the rise of the automobile and the decline of the horse, and the legalization of gambling.

Streamliners: America's Lost Trains
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Take a trip on America's shimmering silver locomotives, in the heyday of the U.S. passenger rail system.

The Donner Party
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Follow the ill-fated group of frontier settlers who set out for the promised land of California only to meet with disaster in the snows of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The Iron Road
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Follow the construction of the transcontinental railroad, explore its impact on Native Americans, and learn about its place in American folklore.

Transcontinental Railroad
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Travel the route between Iowa and California and explore manifest destiny; conflicts between Native Americans and white settlers; the experiences of railroad workers -- including Civil War veterans and Chinese immigrants; business speculation and the Crdit Mobilier scandal; and the engineering challenges of connecting the coasts of the nation.

Ulysses S. Grant
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Explore topics including frontier life, westward expansion, the U.S. government's treatment of Native Americans, the Mexican American War, the Civil War, military strategy, slavery, abolition, race relations, Reconstruction, black suffrage, the growth of the industrial economy, international relations, the presidency, impeachment, regional political differences, the business world's influence in politics, fair elections, and personal memoirs.