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Fashion Fads through American History book cover.

Fashion books in GVRL

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) contains a large variety of reference books available for reading online. One of the subjects we have is fashion. You can look through the complete range of titles for adults here: Gale Virtual Reference Library Primary Research. Some individual titles are Clothing and Fashion: American Fashion from Head to Toe,…

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Great Depression era street with cars in front of a general store. Color image.

Color Images of America in the Great Depression

In response to the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt called for the creation of several assistance agencies. One of these was the Resettlement Administration (RA) created in 1935.  The Farm Security Administration (FSA) was created out of the RA in 1937. This agency was formed to help struggling farmers and sharecroppers.…

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Women's Land Army WWI

Women’s Work in World War I

Women have always participated in support work during wartime.  This was especially evident during World War I.  Women served in a variety of capacities sometimes very close to the front lines.  The National Archives holds a vast collection of photographs in its collection of War Department records. You can see several photographs of women at…

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Library Parade circa 1975.

Roads of Yesterday

Summertime in most areas of the United States heralds road construction season. But what was it like for automobile drivers 100 years ago? This video prepared by the Ford Motor Company shows how the Model T was built and what it was like to drive in those early days of the automobile age. Most roads…

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Home Movie Day

Older photographs and home movies are rich treasures of family history. Have you been wanting to look at and preserve your older home movies? The Center for Home Movies has designated October as the month to do just that. Over 100 museums and film societies across the world are hosting special events where people can…

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Close up of the U.S. flag.

Flying the Flag – the right way!

It’s that time of year, when Old Glory is proudly displayed.  The United States Flag is one of the most visible and important symbols of our country and the United States Flag Code spells out proper use of the flag. From a staff, the union (the blue field) should be at the peak, unless the…

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Photographs from the Field Museum

Chicago's Field Museum is known for its notable specimens numbering over 24 million.  Did you know that the museum also has tens of thousands of photographs in its collection? Many of them are available on their online photo archive.  The photos include scenes from the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 and historic photos from Africa, Peru,…

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Close up of the U.S. flag.

Civil War Images from The New York Times

The American Civil War occurred 150 years ago yet images of its battles remain provocative. They remind us of what war is really like and how its wounds can resonate for decades. The New York Times has created a video of still photos which are available in their historical archives.

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Close up of the U.S. flag.

Illinois Veterans History Project

The Illinois Veterans History Project was launched by Secretary of State Jesse White to create a permanent record of the names and stories of Illinois war veterans and civilians who served our state and country during war, so that their contributions will be not be forgotten. To participate in the Illinois Veterans History Project, veterans…

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Close up of the U.S. flag.

Civil War Resources

Books The Approaching Fury Stephen B. Oates (973.5 OAT) At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise that Saved the Union Robert V. Remini (973.5 REM) Jefferson Davis, American William J. Cooper (B Davis, J.) John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights David…

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