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Daniel Burnham's 1909 Plan of Chicago

Few architects have had more impact on the American city than Daniel Burnham.

Gertrude Stein, Fanny Butcher, Alice Roullier, Alice B. Toklas, Barney Goodspeed

Chicago’s contributions to international modernism

frontispiece of King James Bible. 1611

Published 400 years ago, the King James Bible is one of the most-read texts in the English language.

Mapping the Republic of Letters
See the social networks that connected Isaac Newton and John Locke, James Boswell and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Aaron Burr and...
Mark Twain

Browse Twain’s letters, manuscripts, and autobiography at the online archives of the personal papers of America’...

Mary Pickford, 1921

View clips of celebrated silent film star Mary Pickford, see what a 1909 screen test was like, and hear historians discuss...

Depiction of Commodore Perry's flagship, the USS Powhatan

Learn about Commodore Perry, the opening of Japan, and the1904-5 Russo-Japanese War through images from the period.

George Parkman
Apply your sleuthing skills to the mysterious 1849 disappearance of Dr. George Parkman, one of Boston’s richest citizens, and...
Discovery of Nat Turner, wood engraving

See how the story of Nat Turner and his slave rebellion has been continuously retold and reinterpreted –from the 1831...

Mural "Man of Fire" José Clemente Orozco, Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico
Haunted by the brutality of the Mexican Revolution, Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco created bold works of public art that...
Panama Canal

On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world’s two largest oceans and signaling America’s...

Partners of the Heart
Learn how an unlikely partnership between a prominent white surgeon and an African American with a high school education in Jim...