Americana

Tribal Index - American history goes back a long, long way. If this is the kind of history you're looking for, by all means start here. You might want to check out American Indian Resources for a good comprehensive linklist of fascinating info pertaining to native people.

American Memory from the Library of Congress - If you're looking for info on American history, the Library of Congress is a good site to start with. Hands down, the American Memory website is one of the best on the web, as you will soon discover from the abundance of subpages I have included on this link list. Another good LOC page is American Treasures Exhibition Online

NAIL Homepage - Leave it to the governmental types to devise an acronym that is absolutely meaningless. Don't let that stop you from visiting the National Archival Information Locator, though. There's lots to be discovered here, such as National Archives: The Digital Classroom, an immense resource for the history websurfer.

Harcourt Brace:College Division:Political Science:Search Engine - If you're looking for primary resources (in other words "you heard it here first") this is the site to visit.

Historic Preservation Home Page - Brought to you by the Army Corps of Engineers. How do you preserve that famous old building in your neighborhood? Here's how! And what makes a building historic? Here's a guideline: Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service. Can I have a few examples? You bet: National Register of Historic Places

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings: Anthology of American Folk Music - This is but one of the many cool Smithsonian links. Probe around and be sure to visit other links that you may stumble upon, like this one: s m i t h s o n i a n w i t h o u t w a l l s

Historical United States Census Data Browser - In 1980, I was a census taker in Central Illinois. It's nice to know that those lonely walks up dirt roads to weathered farmhouses was worth it. This site provides overviews of some of the census data that has been collected for the last few centuries, including my own (somewhere).

Exhibit: American Originals - Original documents of the United States Government preserved for your perusal. You can either read the full text, or download an image of the document itself. Excellent site.

Color Landform Atlas of the United States - How can you understand American history without maps? What a great archive.

Panoramic Maps Collection - A Library of Congress - American Memory page. This one houses a fantastic collection of those old maps that look like they're drawn from up in the sky.

Soundex Conversion - Just like any other governmental standard, the search method of U.S. historical archive material is the tool of the devil. Here's a great website that allows you to search for your relatives without forcing you to understand redtape.

Salem Massachusetts Witch Trials - Boy, here's a page of history that we can look back on and be proud of. Not.

Loyalist and British Songs - These are the tunes that topped the charts during America's first British Invasion. Unlike the the music of the Beatles, though, these hits never caused teenage girls to scream and swoon.

Presidents of the United States - Interesting facts and statistics about a bunch of guys who shaped America, some of whom are now on green slips of paper in your wallet.

Office of the Historian - Homepage - The Office of the Historian, Bureau of Public Affairs, headed by William Z. Slany, publishes the official documentary history of U.S. foreign policy and provides historical research and advice for the Department of State. This has been a public service announcement.

DOUGLASS - Archives of American Public Address - An archive of famous speeches in America's past.

American History, Page 1, Spanish Conquest of Native America - If that title evokes images of flickin' spitwads at Stinky Witherspoon in 7th Grade history class, I don't blame you, but it's actually a pretty good page ...

Famous & Historic Trees at American Forests - Trees of history. Discover the genealogy of our fine wooden friends. One of them actually went to the moon! That's one small step for a sapling, one giant leap for tree-kind.

Making of America - Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. Although that sounds a bit dry, if you're interested in history you could spend days here. I did.

The Gilder Lehrman Collection - One of the largest collections of American historical documents in private hands. Nicely designed. Other American historical documents can be found off of this linklist: Documents for the Study of American History

Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention Home Page - Another Library of Congress - American Memory webpage. Pretty self-explanatory.

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Library of Congress Exhibition) - No matter what your beliefs are, this site is a must.

Out Of The Past - 400 years of lesbian and gay history in America. Companion piece to the PBS documentary.

The USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project - I have other GenWeb links peppered on the other linkpages, but this is one of the coolest. Tombstones tend to erode and fade away. This project is an attempt by genealogists to transcribe every tombstone they possibly can. I sincerely thank them and wish them luck in this HUGE endeavor.

History Channel - Traveler - Where do you want to go today? Travel info for the historian in all of us.

New Netherland Project - New York before it was called New York. Can you imagine the New Netherland Yankees or the New Amsterdam Knicks?

Williamsburg Online - The Official Guide to Williamsburg, Virginia - This is another travel site with a lot of history. Tour historic Williamsburg with just a click of the mouse.

ushistory.org - Good website to discover all sorts of stuff about early US history.

Montauk Lighthouse Welcome Page - There are lighthouses, and there there is the Montauk Point lighthouse. It's one of the oldest in the country, and I know you've seen it before.

Exploring the West from Monticello - I like virtual sites. If I can't strut around famous buildings, stroking my beard and clucking my tongue, at least I can simulate it at home, sitting at the desk in front of my window. Maybe this is why the neighbors are giving me strange looks.

Thomas Jefferson Online Resources at the University of Virginia -- Electronic Text Center - An incredible resource for that guy on our nickels.

The City Beautiful and Washington D.C. - Learn about the history of our nation's capital. The timeline of this website is somewhere in between bottom-feeding dinosaurs and gas-filled statesmen (a very small window, to be sure).

Fulton's Submarine - Run silent, run deep. It's astounding to realize that the history of submarines is this old. The first ones descended twenty-five feet, and it took a century for the Wright brothers to do the same in reverse coordinates.

Historical sites in South Carolina,Georgia,and North Carolina including Civil War, Revolutionary War, and others - And their description says it all.

PBS Online - Lewis and Clark - Other than the moon landing, I believe that there is no other human event more spectacular and heroic than the Lewis & Clark expedition. This website is the PBS companion to the film by Ken Burns, and like most PBS sites, it's a wealth of material. Here's another great link: Discovering Lewis and Clark

Pierre Cruzatte - This site pertains to one of the navigators that Lewis & Clark hired for their journey. An expert boatsman, Pierre was also the musician for the trek. Why didn't we have fiddlers on the trip to the moon? That would've been cool.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial - the Gateway Arch & Old Courthouse, St. Louis, Missouri - When I was a mere lad, I visited the Arch and thought it was pretty cool. At the time, I made no connection to Lewis & Clark, or Western Expansion. I'm glad that I'm older now and can appreciate this kind of stuff.

The U.S.-Mexican War, 1846-1848 - All this, just for Texas?

Heroes in the Ships: African Americans in the Whaling Industry - This site is well designed and covers an area of history that I haven't seen much about. You may know a bit about whaling and you may be aware of African American history, but have you ever thought about the connections between the two?

Steamboat-Homepage: The Grand Old South - As I child I once rode upon the Julia Belle Swain in Peoria, Illinois. *sigh* I love and miss those ol' paddlewheelers. Here's another great resource to check out, for those of you who are also musically (as well as historically) inclined: The John Hartford Web Page

The Great Lakes Ship Files - A tremendous resource for old mariners and young mariners alike. Tonnage of data about the other 6,999 vessels than the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Western New York Railroad Archive - Clickety-clack, Jack. There's a boxcar full of info here.

The Execution of Caleb Adams Home - Murder from days gone by. An excellent view into early 19th century mayhem and madness.

Jim Janke's Old West Page - Boy Howdy, if'n this isn't the most comprehensive resource for Wild West links, I'll eat my ten-gallon hat! Yeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaww! Whoooo-weeeee!

Daguerreotypes Home Page - Old photos of America's past, brought to you by the Library of Congress - American Memory site. The LOC must have the biggest attic in the world.

The U.S. Camel Corps - Find out about the use of camels in the U.S. military during the 19th century. I kid you not.

Civil War Genealogy Database - It'll cost you a couple bucks to access their database, but if you are a family research, it's well worth the money.

Letters Home from an Iowa Soldier in the U. S. Civil War - I like history pages that are extremely personal. On this one, you can dig around in someone's correspondence, but I'm sure he wouldn't mind.

Mr. Lincoln's Virtual Library - A Library of Congress - American Memory page. Just a glimpse into their Lincoln resources, but what a voluminous glimpse!

Selected Civil War Photographs Home Page - Yet another Library of Congress - American Memory page. The title says it all, except for the fact that the number of photos is HUGE.

The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War - A wonderful site that shows both factions on either side of the civil war. Choose your side, and get ready to rumble!

A Last Salute - Details about an archaeological dig of Civil War vets who were unfortunate enough to be (almost) forgotten. Recently, a bulldozer reintroduced them into the public eye.

NYPL Digital Schomburg Images of African Americans from the 19th Century - Lately, I've been coming across lots of great webpages from the New York Public Library, and this is one of them.

California as I Saw It: First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 - And another Library of Congress - American Memory page. Like I've been saying, these LOC pages are all good stuff.

A Memoir of the California Gold Rush - In 1849, Eugene Ring traveled by sea from New York to California to seek gold. He kept journals of the adventure, and a century and a half later his great-great-great-grandson has placed them on the web for all of us to enjoy.

Along the Chisholm Trail - What a splendid site. The webmaster of this website lives along the Chisolm Trail, and he has taken it upon himself to share everything he knows about it and its history. There is a lot to be found here.

Ghost Town of the Month - Dedicated to Arizona's Ghost Towns - Boo! Ballarat Ghost Town, California: Official Web Site - Boo! Actually, both of these sites are very well-designed. Boo is meant in the spooky sense rather than the pejorative.

I have to hand it to the fine folk in Tucson. They've done an excellent job of looking at all aspects of history, local and otherwise. Here's some pages that delve into their multi-cultural heritage: Through Our Parent's Eyes: Tucson's Diverse Hispanic Community, Tucson's African American Community, The Promise of Gold Mountain: Tucson's Chinese Heritage

Websteader: Pioneer Sod Houses, c.1880 - 1998 - Of course, the best thing about living in a sod house is not having to hear your mom say, "Stop tramping dirt through my nice, clean home".

The Old Steam Navy - Late 19th Century military history, during the transitional period between wood and steel. (Wooden boats and steel shells don't mix)

New York Public Library Online Exhibition of the Spanish American War - The Maine event.

Press Effects on Spanish-American Relations in 1898 - Imagine a time when the press actually manipulated public opinion and world events. Whew! Good thing we've risen above THAT, eh? Wanna see films of it? Here's a site from the Library of Congress - American Memory website: The Spanish-American War in Motion Pictures

The American Immigrant Wall of Honor - Hey, my ancestors are listed here! Your's might be too.

Cartoons of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era - Many a truth is said in jest.

World's Columbian Exposition - Idea, Experience, Aftermath - All web pages (not just history ones) should look this good and contain this much information.

City Hall Station - I like sites like this one. I have no personal connection to this building and I've never been to New York but I was totally enmeshed in the subject matter.

New York Underground @ nationalgeographic.com - This site, provided by National Geographic, imagines what you'd find if you took a really deep core sample under New York. I'm not sure if I wanna know.

MOVING UPTOWN: Nineteenth-century Views of Manhattan - An exhibit at the New York Public Library. Taxi!

100 Years of New York City - Speaking of New York, here's a nifty little site. It's from the New York Times, and it presents a history of New York as seen through the newspaper. What a great idea for a website.

How the Other Half Lives - A hypertext edition of the 1890 study by Jacob A Riis about life in the tenements of New York. Relive the squalor of yesteryear. Also, visit Tenement Museum, the first tenement to be listed as an historic site.

Arts & Crafts Page - No, this isn't about Batik or Decoulettage appliques. This page mostly covers an architectural style that typifies a lot of 20th-century American homes. Bob Vila would dig a page like this.

TOOLTALK Home Page - A history of America from a tool user's perspective. Thank goodness for opposable thumbs!

The African American Experience in Ohio, 1850-1920 - Another great Library of Congress webpage. The LOC has so many great pages, I can't keep up.

The True Fate Of The South And North American Cruise Liners - These ships are no longer with us, but this page is such a nice homage to what must have been fine vessels.

Ghosts of the Prairie - I grew up in Illinois, and if I had known it was this spooky as a child, I would've moved out sooner. Of course, if there are so many dead midwesterners who haunt the plains and refuse to go on to whatever afterlife they were raised to believe in, maybe I should've stayed and gotten a few oral histories.

Explore Chicago! - Another great Illinois history link. As much as I love the Northwest, I can never give up my own heritage. To this day, I am able to slip into a Chicago accent at will, to the amusement of all of my friends. This site reminds me of everything that is fascinating about Chi-town's rich history. What a cool town. If you're just interested in groovy old buildings, be sure to visit Chicago Landmarks

Chicago: Historical Information About Chicago - This site is on the Chicago Municipal Library page, and it contains a timeline of Chicago history and some other neat stuff. Find out how they turned the Chicago river around, among other things.

The History of the CTA - Finally, someone decided to honor the historic form of transit from the city so nice they named it ... Chicago. Things are swell when you ride the 'el'.

Welcome to Cleveland's Historic West Side Market - Who doesn't love a real honest-to-goodness market in an historical setting? Seattle has the Pike Place Market, and Cleveland has this wonderful spot.

Historic New Orleans Collection - Is there any city in America as rich in history as New Orleans? Well, as a matter of fact ... yes, but few cities have such a wonderful history website as this one.

Colorado Territorial Prison Museum - If you were in Colorado a hundred years ago, this was NOT the place you'd want to hang out in. Literally.

California Heritage Digital Image Access Project - I long for the day when historical images from every state in the nation are available online. This site is a superb archive of California history "through the lens".

Beneath Los Angeles - Images of gravesites in the City of the Angels. Categorized by "Famous", "Infamous", and "Just Plain Dead".

The San Diego Hysterical Society - History is more fun and educational if you don't take it so seriously. Hence this link, based solely on the organizational name alone.

Orange County, CA History Page - An academic site about LaLa Land.

The History Place - Child Labor in America - Lots of photos and stories that'll make you sad. Relive the days when youth was horribly stolen from children.

The Great Triangle Fire - From the Discovery Channel, this page's subtitle is "The Day it Rained Bodies", and I'll leave it at that.

Digital Images from the American Radicalism Collection - Wow, what a broad definition of Radicalism; Margaret Sanger, Ku Klux Klan, IWW, it's all here. This site houses images of ephemera (newsletters and the like) from every fringe that you can possibly imagine. I heartily endorse this site.

TBH, The Blue Highway - The history of the blues. Cry me a river.

They Might Be Giants at the Edison Museum - Learn how futuristic musicians used technology of the past to create modern art. Don't let's stop.

The Soda Fountain - It's just like jerkin' sodas at Pop's Sodium Shop. Hey dig that Red with red hair! (Bonus points if you can guess this (soda)pop-culture reference)

Hickok's Sports History: Starting Point - This is a great history resource for sports buffs. It covers North American sports for the last few centuries. The history presented here goes so far back in time you might even discover some ancient facts, like when the Chicago Cubs actually won a pennant.

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920 - This Library of Congress - American memory page is, well let them explain it: "Included are 334 English- and Yiddish-language playscripts, 146 theater playbills and programs, 61 motion pictures, 10 sound recordings, and 143 photographs and 29 memorabilia items documenting the life and career of Harry Houdini. "

Early Motion Pictures Home Page 1897-1916 - Another great Library of Congress - American Memory page. This one has a searchable database of some very early films and is one of my favorite LOC pages.

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies -- The American Film Institute knows movies. Are their ratings as good as your own?

Slapstick - A nice page devoted to the early days of cinema.

Life at Camp Funston - A fascinating view of WWI. Personal letters from a man who nursed soldiers during the Spanish Flu outbreak. What a great website. Other WWI sites that are collections of personal correspondence are : My Mother's War Entry Page and World War I Letters

Telephone Exchange Names - There is no reason why we can't refer to our phone numbers like they do in old Hollywood movies about newsrooms. As I always tell classy dames, "Dollface, you can give me a jingle at KLondike 5-5555", and then I get slapped and my glasses fly across the room.

Flapper Station-Main Depot- 23 Skidoo and Boop-Boop-Be-Doop! One of the best sites pertaining to the roaring twenties that I've come across. Oops-Oops-Be-Doops! I almost forgot about this one: Roaring 1920's Concert Extravaganza - Music of the Roaring 1920s

Leopold and Loeb Trial Home Page - What a pair of tragic losers.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum - Everything you ever wanted to know about Hoobert Heever ... er ... Heebert Hoover ... er ... Hubert Horatio Hornblower ...

Famous Cases - Speakin' of Hoovers, here's some of J Edgar's biggest cases. This site is on the FBI server.

California Folk Music Home Page - Folk music of the 1930's brought to you by those fine folks at the Library of Congress.

Kansas City Jazz Age - Speaking of musicians, here's a fantastic page about KC Jazz between 1925 and 1941. Oh, if I only had a time machine, KC in the 1930's would be one of my first stops.

The Official Yesterday USA Home Page - Tune into the radio of yesteryear. Don't forget to drink your Ovaltine!

The Serial Squadron - A site devoted to movie, radio and other serials of the first part of this century. What will Biff do next? Wait until next week for the continuing saga! Until then, be sure to also tune into Radio Days: A Soundbite History or Radio Classics

New Deal Network - Sponsored by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, this covers just about everything from the New Deal period.

FDR Cartoon Collection Database - Boy, this is a neat site. Lots of cartoon history about our 4-term president. I wish there were a cartoon website for every president.

New Jersey Online: Bettmann on the Boardwalk - A mahvelous photo archive of New Joisey! 'Specially Atlantic City!

Warden Johnston's Alcatraz: 1933 to 1948 - The big rock. Ain't it interesting here in the future how we romanticize penal colonies? Next thing you know, Australia will be a tourist attraction!

WPA Life Histories--Home Page - Here's one more Library of Congress - American Memory page. This one is a collection of manuscripts from the Federal Writer's Project (1936-1940)

Color Photographs from the FSA and OWI Home Page - Once again, another great Library of Congress - American Memory page. This one contains some fantastic images from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information (1939-1945).

1933 compiled by George Rosenberg - Man, I wish there was a page like this for every year since 1900. Until that happens this is a great site to spend a year at one evening. Also check out Radio Wire Service News in April 1952 for another year in your ear.

Gottscho-Schleisner Collection - Don't let that boring title deceive you. This is another great Library of Congress - American Memory page which deals with architecture from the 1930's, 40's and 50's. Tons of images are available here.

The Day of the Black Blizzard - The Discovery Channel's website is one of the best on the web. This subpage is about an amazing duststorm. The rest of the site is even more fascinating.

The Lindbergh Case: The Trial of the Century - "Trial of the Century" has now become a hackneyed phrase, but at least this century is almost over. Before teevee, this really WAS the trial of the century. Go here and see why.

The 1939-40 New York World's Fair - Back in the days when a World's Fair actually meant something, people would awe at the wonders that the future would bring. Imagine that. At one time in the recent past, people actually looked forward with anticipation! I hope that you have RealPlayer installed, 'cause there's some awesome film clips available here.

Internment and Evacuation of San Francisco Japanese — 1942 - This site is a collection of news articles from the San Fransisco News. Another instance of journalists as historians.

Dad's War: Finding and Telling Your Father's World War II Story, by Wes Johnston - I like this site for mostly personal reasons. My dad was in the infantry in WWII. As a child, I would constantly ask him to tell me his stories over and over. How delighted I was to see other soldiers put their own memories on the web, and that their stories were just like my dad's.

Twelve Hundred Days - Another web-based recollection of WWII. This one is a bit intense, though. Russell Grokett survived the Bataan Death March and three years as a POW. Not for the faint of heart, but I urge you to read his story of survival throughout Hell and back.

WASP WWII Home Page - WASP is the acronym for Women Airforce Service Pilots. Most likely you haven't heard about them much, which is why you should visit this website.

The American Experience:Guts and Glory - I haven't seen this video presentation yet, but the website has lots of interesting stuff about D-Day..

George Rarey's World War II Air Force Cartoon Journals - Another WWII site, but quite a bit lighter than the previous link. George Rarey kept a cartoon journal of the war up until his death a few weeks after D-Day. His legacy lives on today thanks to his son's efforts.

Mulvaney on Bomb Disposal - Another cartoon history about WWII. This one's about bomb disposal, always a subject of intense mirth.

Welcome_to_US_Merchant_Marine - A history of the Merchant Marine and their critical role in WWII.

New Brunswick History Department - Here's another great WWII site. Oral histories from those who saw it first hand.

Internment and Evacuation of San Francisco Japanese — 1942 - This site provides archival newspaper coverage of an unfortunate part of American history.

Graphical Arts - Propaganda posters from WWI and WWII are pretty amazing once you get past the mind control and all. Simply put, it's art that tries to make it easier for you to kill other people. And the people that you are trying to kill you have their own art too! The pen really is mightier than the sword. Here's another fantastic site: World War II Posters: Powers of Persuasion.

Produce_For_Victory - Another propaganda poster site, this one from the Smithsonian. The focus here is on YOU, the citizen soldier. Defoliating a victory garden sure works up an appetite.

Operation Vittles - Is there anyone who doesn't think that the Berlin Airlift wasn't one of the most magnanimous acts of this century?

The Manhattan Project - Speaking of magnanimous acts ....

The Showroom of Automotive History: 1948 Tucker - Probably the coolest postwar automobile ever.

CrimeLibrary: Black Dahlia - An unsolved mystery. Warning: This case was quite heinous, and the images on this site are quite disturbing. You've been warned.

Jayne Loader's Public Shelter - If you've seen the motion picture "Atomic Cafe" you'll want to check out this well-designed site by the person behind the film. Don't forget to duck and cover!

The Atomic Duty of Bill Bires - An eyewitness account of Southwestern deserts turning into glass.

The Bureau of Atomic Tourism - Plan your next vacation here, and be sure to bring your lead-lined bathing suits.

Truth in Advertising - vintage cigarette & tobacco ads - Warning: This webpage may be hazardous to those who can't remember when smoking was considered mundane.

Crimeboss - Grab your roscoe, gumshoe. A look at 40's and 50's crime comics. Don't let your mom catch you reading this page under your bedsheets with a flashlight or you're grounded, pal!

By Popular Demand: Jackie Robinson and Other Baseball Highlights, 1860s - 1960s - This marvelous webpage discusses the role of African Americans in baseball. Of course, it is another fine Library of Congress - American Memory page.

National Civil Rights Museum - Located in Memphis, Tennessee at the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King was assassinated. This website provides an excellent glimpse of their collections. Another great source of primary materials relating to MLK can be found at Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project at Stanford University

The American 1950s - A view of the 1950's with an emphasis on the literature of that era.

The Airstream Archive - An American icon, the airstream trailer has to be one of the coolest roadsters around. Heck, here in Seattle we even had a ferry boat that looked like one.

The best book (and this is not hyperbole) which discusses the Fifties is the aptly named "The Fifties". Here's an interview with the author, David Halberstam

Material Culture of the 1950s - The mid-century was the height of materialism, and this page is your guidebook. Graphics intensive, but I like it that way (when it comes to history).

Fifties Website Home Page - A nice little site. The webmaster has had a little run-in with 1990's mega-lawyers. Stop here and learn why the law is an ass. (I won't say anything about Dick Clark. Find out for yourself.)

CreatAbiliTOYS! - The Museum of Advertising Icons - Part of our cultural heritage is made up of cartoon birds who exhibit signs of mental collapse when exposed to chocolate-coated cereal. I'm not sure if that's humorous or tragic.

TOY RAY GUNS - While we're on the subject of toys, here's a site that harkens back to the days when imaginary beams of light would imaginarilly kill imaginable beasts. Imagine that!

An Ernie Kovacs Page - Man, oh man, what I wouldn't give to see Ernie Kovacs alive today, playing with computers and digital technology. *sigh*

Gerald McBoing Boing - Clang! Honk! Tweet! Pertwee! Zoink! Kabong! Whooooosh!

Drive In Theater and and The Evil Sam's Drive-In Theatre Guide - Here's a piece o' recent history that's rapidly fading away. I miss drive-ins. I consider them to be the precursor of VCRs. Before drive-ins, you used to have to pay attention to the movies. Once you had your own "private viewing room", as it were, you could eat, belch, smoke and generally prattle on to your date while the film was running, just like renting a movie today. Hey, come to think of it, I really don't miss drive-ins. Well, except for their cool little niche in cinematic history.

Roadside Architecture: Society for Commercial Archeology - What a hip bunch of modern archaeologists! Who else would endeavor to put on their pith helmets and explore diners, neon signs, drive-ins, cafes, gas stations, tourist cabins, motels, historic highways, roadside giants, programmatic architecture, bus stations, movie theaters, drugstores, auto dealerships, department stores, resorts, fairgrounds, and amusement parks.

A Visit to Yesterland - The Discontinued Disneyland - If you haven't visited Disneyland in over twenty years (like I have) a lot has changed. This website documents the parts of Disneyland that were altered to make way for newer things. Change is good, but if they ever get rid of Mister Toad's Wild Ride, I'm gonna be hoppin' mad.

Wes Clark's Avocado Memories - History isn't just what happened before each of us was born. This site is a nice homage to 1960's suburbia. Another site that's just as good is Greg Knight's Patio Culture

BBHQ: The Sixties Section - BBHQ stands for Baby Boomer Headquarters. This page has some info about the sixities for those of you who can't or won't remember it.

14 Days in October: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Relive the good ol' days when the whole wide world sat on the edge of their collective seats waiting for someone to blink.

Downloading the Warren Commission Report - All the words. Keep in mind that every person who visits this site is kept in a database ... somewhere. Trust me. Of course, you should trust no one, not even me. Uhh... the truth is out there, and, like, stuff.

FBI Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room - Historic files from the FBI chosen for online display by your pals at the bureau. Are YOU listed here?

Psychedelic '60s: Home Page - If you can remember the sixties, you didn't experience it.

The Diggers: Who What Where - A resplendent archive of Digger history from 1966-68. Take a magic carpet ride in the wayback machine to Haight-Ashbury and groove on.

E. Kenneth Hoffman - Vietnam Portfolio - Mr Hoffman was assigned to the 221st Signal Company during the Vietnam War. This website hosts many of the photos he took of Vietnamese civilians while he was stationed there. Another good photo-site about the Vietnam War is Nam_Album

Napalm In Fallbrook - Wow! For all of you Angelenos down in Southern Cal, here's a piece of history that may eventually kill you and your neighbors in a fiery maelstrom. Earthquakes ain't got nothin' on this piece of legacy from the Vietnam war.

NASA History Home Page and NATIONAL AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Index - It's hard to believe, but the history of U.S. space exploration isn't even a half-century old. If you want to know anything about this young field, these are the best two sites to start with. If you're just looking for cool pictures, try Earth from space

While we're on the subject of Earth from space, here's a site that is both fascinating and unnerving at the same time: Welcome to TerraServer. I was actually able to zoom in on my neighborhood. Wave hi to the camera.

The Nixon-Presley Meeting - Here's one for the history books. Not.

Watergate - As much as I hate to spoil the ending ... Nixon did it.

Stuck in the '70s - Experience the most gaudish, self-centered decade of this century. Actually, I'm horrified that I included this link, mostly because I can actually remember this decade and wish that I didn't.

AmeriSpeak: expressions of our American ancestors - Words cannot describe how much I love this page. Well, yes they can, and they're probably buried in this massive archive of nifty expressions and odd turns of language. Bookmark it and return often for new (and sometimes hilarious) examples of ways that we speak to each other.

American Folk - A well-designed and content-rich site all about American folklore and popular culture.

American Christmas Museum - It's Xmas in America! I learned tons of American history here, all of which was centered upon one day. Guess which one. What a cool site!

Welcome to BAD FADS - Egads, Lads! Bad Fads! How sad that I'm glad for a site so rad. I must be mad.

The Tackiest Place In America Contest - Okay, this isn't what you'd call "highbrow" history, but what could be more indicative of American history than drive-through trees, 30-foot plastic lobsters, and Wall Drug? In a similar vein, the Roadside America and the World's Largest List of Roadside Attractions have much to offer, as does the aptly named Gallery of Huge Beings. Feelin' tired? Pull on in to Motel Americana. Also, no road trip would be complete without roadfood: Eat Here - A Guide To Road Food For The 90s - Welcome! With all of these links, you'll need some guidance, so stop on by Road Map Collectors of America. And if you want to see what happens to all of these wonderful bits of Americana when they die, be sure to visit Roadside Art Online: Ruins

 

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