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Hello All,

  I was very excited when I learned the American West was finally online. I
have been waiting ever since it was announced. The reason is that my
grandpa spent time in Colorado, New Mexico, and Idaho from about 1900 -
1910. He and his wife sometimes performed in Opera Houses. He mainly
dabbled in silver mining. His sister and a brother lived there all of their
adult lives. When my cousin Paul Egan passed away several years ago, my
mother was given all of the photographs, some were labeled while others she
was able to identify. So I began searching all of the towns I could
remember being mentioned. One town was Del Norte where my great Aunt Jen
(Colorado Jen) and Uncle Clarence Egan lived at one time. She taught school
there and I had an old photograph of the school with Aunt Jen and her
students pictured in front. To my delight, I found a similar picture in the
collection along with an exact photograph of the Middaugh general store on
the main street of town. I have more exploring to do with over 30,000
photographs.

Also my colleague and I recently completed an activity to go along with a
book, titled, Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson. The story is based
on a passge from Walden by Henry David Thoreau. We used many resources from
the American Memory Collections to build the activity, including
photographs of the transcendentalists and their homes, railroad maps, and
town maps. Check out the site: http://www.cyberbee.com/henryhikes/henry.html

Linda
Linda C. Joseph               Columbus Public Schools
Library Media Specialist    737 East Hudson Street
http://www.cyberbee.com  Columbus, Ohio 43211
Work: 614-365-5278          Fax:614-365-8252