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This month is the 150th anniversary of the completion of the North American Transcontinental Railroad — an event that had an enormous impact on the economic, geographical, and cultural development of the United States.
We wrote earlier about the driving of the famous golden spike that marked the railroad’s completion — an icon of American history that every student should recognize. To continue this railroad theme, here’s an outline of some great primary resources at the Library of Congress that you can invite your history-oriented homeschool students to explore:
Hundreds of original maps, documents, reports, newspapers, and images of American railroad history are all available there — material enough for countless homeschool history lessons.
Railroads were to the nineteenth century what computers have been to the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: creators of wealth, drivers of social and economic opportunity, focal points of innovation, and networks for communication. Why not adopt them as an educational theme this month in your homeschool.
What treasures have you discovered in your library lately? 😊
❡ Explore more: For a quick review of the importance of railroads in American and world history, turn to pages 293 and 310 in your River Houses history encyclopedia (riverhouses.org/books). It’s just the background you need for a wonderful homeschool history lesson.
❡ Dukedoms large enough: Have you found all the local libraries in your area? There may be more than you realize, and there’s no better homeschool field trip than a field trip to a new library! The WorldCat Library Finder will help you find all the library collections near you — public and private, large and small — and the WorldCat catalog itself will help you locate the closest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊
❡ When in doubt, go to the library: This is one of our regular Homeschool Books & Libraries posts. Add your name to our free weekly mailing list (riverhouses.org/newsletter) and get great homeschool teaching ideas delivered right to your mailbox all through the year. 📚