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The Library of Congress website provides historical pictures and information. Of particular interest may be the digital collections and teachers pages. Teachers who want to incorporate primary sources into their classrooms may want to start with this lesson on primary sources.

The U.S. Census Bureau website provides statistical information on the United States.

The Education staff at the National Archives and Records Administration has created a marvelous set of document analysis worksheets. These include the Written Document Analysis Worksheet we have recommended for use with our Learning from Historical Document Units as well as worksheets designed to guide students through analyzing cartoons, posters, photographs, maps, artifacts, motion pictures, and sound recordings.

The Montana Heritage Project was created to teach young people to care about the places in which they live, including both the natural and the cultural environment. The project encourages students and teachers to better appreciate their community by making it the subject of serious study. Students are invited to think deeply and clearly about the world around them as they explore the place they live: its relationship to the natural environment, its connections to national and world events, and the many cultural beliefs and practices that shape its unique character. Several of the activities in Montana: Stories of the Land refer to Montana Heritage Project methods. Teachers may find these heritage project links useful: Teaching the ALERT processes and What is a Learning Expedition?

Measuring Worth is a website that offers calculators  that can help you understand how the value of the dollar has changed over time and to compare the costs of goods in the past to today.

Spurs
Spurs, photo by Alexandra Swaney, courtesy Montana Arts Council
Lewis and Clark
Detail, Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1804, Dean Cornwell, Montana Historical Society Museum