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Early Western Travel Accounts in 32 Volumes

This 32-volume collection of journals and accounts by explorers and travelers in the American west was published over a 3-year period beginning in 1904 by Reuben Thwaites, as Secretary of the Wisconsin Historical Society. Accounts of travel to the Great Lakes region are included in: Volumes 1-5Volume 6 (Brackenridge)Volume 8 (Evans)Volumes 9 -12Volume 19 (Ogden …

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Vacationing Up-North in the late 19th Century

Below are some illustrated travel booklets; mostly published 1879 – 1884. They advertise the pleasures of vacationing in Northern Michigan, and also in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and other locations. The railroad companies began producing these guides soon after railway lines were completed to northern towns, marking the beginning of the tourist industry for most northern locations. …

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Anti-Slavery before the Civil War; Illinois and Indiana

The Slavery Issue & the Underground Railroad: Books and Articles for Illinois and Indiana The list below includes books and articles on the site’s Illinois and Indiana pages. This site has similar resources for Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan, so please check the same subject pages for those states, which you can reach from History of …

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Magazines for Farmers 1850 – 1900s

We have links to four magazines or journals for farmers that began to appear in the Great Lakes states about 1850. They offer news, analysis of current events, agricultural science, and advice for men and women living on farms. Several years’ issues are available for each of these titles. Ohio Periodicals page Under “Journals” The …

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The Great Exploit of George Rogers Clark

In the summer of 1778, during the Revolutionary War, Colonel George Rogers Clark with less than 200 soldiers made an expedition from Kentucky to Kaskaskia, in present-day Illinois. They took the British post there completely by surprise, conquering it without casualties. In February 1779 Col. Clark, with only about 100 men, followed up by marching …

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Pioneer Cloth Making – Spinning Yarn – Making Clothing on the American Frontier

American pioneer home cloth and clothes manufacture on the frontier, in colonial times, and at other historical periods and places. Books, articles and videos about spinning yarn, making linen, woolen and cotton cloth, designing and sewing clothing etc. The Tale of the Spinning-Wheel Buel, Elizabeth Cynthia Barney Litchfield, CT: 1903 After a history of spinning …

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Edwin J. Hulbert

On July 31 I asked that visitors to the website suggest, as the subject of a blog post, a person who had some connection to the Great Lakes States from the 17th to the 19th century. We received this suggestion:“Michigan state geologist and a founder of the Calumet & Hecla mining company, E. J. Hulbert”.Below …

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Selected Books about Pioneer Life in Early Illinois

Each book entry on site pages has a brief description and a link to the free online book. Illinois Biographies & Memoirs page Bacheller, Irving, A Man for the Ages: A Story of the Builders of Democracy Burlend, Rebecca, A True Picture of Emigration, or, Fourteen Years in the Interior of North America (etc.) Hubbard, …

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