Tag Archives: westward_expansion

Settling the West

The 1862 Homestead Act provided Americans the opportunity for federal land grants. Today’s spotlight is on the first claim to be filed under the Homestead Act. Continue reading

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Open Registration for Summer Professional Development

We are now accepting applications for Primarily Teaching—our summer institute for educators on using historical documents in the classroom. Learn more and apply online. Summer 2015 workshops will be held at our locations in: Atlanta (Morrow, GA) June 22–26 Chicago, June 22–26 Seattle, July 6–10 … Continue reading

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The Golden Spike in the Transcontinental Railroad

Today we shine a spotlight on this photograph of the golden spike ceremony taken in Promontory, Utah. As school lets out and vacation begins, we’re changing up our posts for the summer. Look for these spotlights highlighting great documents, photographs, … Continue reading

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A New Way to Hear about our Teaching Resources and Education Programs

Welcome! Here we’ll regularly share new document-based teaching tools, lesson plans, learning activities, student field trip ideas, professional development opportunities, newly available primary sources, and multi-media and web content. The National Archives holds all kinds of permanently valuable documents–written documents, … Continue reading

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