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Sailing Cards

Sailing cards …” are significant and distinctive maritime documents. Agents or owners commonly advertised the availability and loading of their vessels in the local newspapers, but by the mid-1850’s the colorful sailing cards began to appear in the windows of shipping firms, banks, and public shops along the waterfronts in ports like New York and Boston. 38 more words

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American Shipping Forms and Documents, 1776-1860

American Maritime Documents, 1776-1860 is a work that explores the various forms and records that were an integral part of American shipping. It defines and, in some instances, gives examples of such items as pilot licenses, abstract logs, oaths, etc. 27 more words

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Using Maps as Primary Sources for Class: Windows to Historical Worldviews

One of my favorite sources to spark discussion in class, especially in courses like the Atlantic World, British Empire, and American history, are historic maps.  What can maps tell us about how people at the time perceived the world around them?  676 more words


Ronald Reagan and the Republican National Convention

This year one of our projects at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library has been to digitize and upload to our public YouTube channel many of President Reagan’s iconic speeches. 501 more words

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Sybil Ludington Postage Stamp

U.S Stamp Gallery. (1975). Sybil Ludington commemorative stamp. Retrieved from http://www.usstampgallery.com/view.php?id=f19483c6a9fbacfebff05eb372439d8c0403745f

More specific information about Sybil from the National Woman’s History Museum: https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/sibyl-ludington/

Most of us remember Paul Revere as the man who mounted a horse and shouted “The British are coming!” as he rode through the night. 239 more words

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Play: Deborah Sampson: America's First Woman Soldier

Montgomery, T.W. (2016). Deborah Sampson: America’s first woman soldier. Plays, 6, 34-40.

Young Deborah Sampson was a servant who many people thought to have “boyish” features. 306 more words

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DocsTeach Gets a Makeover

Archives.gov has launched a redesigned site for DocsTeach. “Aside from making the site mobile friendly, we made other improvements as well…. DocsTeach is now easier to use, more customizable, and provides a more complete experience for students.”

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