Travel to the past via first-hand accounts from letters, diaries, and rare books in the Newberry's collections
Witness the Chicago Fire, join the Lewis and Clark expedition, and marvel at the World's Fair through manuscripts transcribed by our online volunteers!Choose your time traveler
Enjoy vicariously the unboxing of Christmas gifts past, including wristlets, match safes, and glove buttoners.
Declare strong feelings on holidays, romantic partners, and communism with a great American novelist.
Travel with a Chicago-based, German-American family to see the sights on their Mississippi River vacations.
Celebrate Chicago’s high society and witness the destruction of the Great Chicago Fire.
Dance with French ladies, hunt bears, and treaty with Indians as a soldier on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Join in the struggle on a journey from son of a freed slave to prairie farmer to well-educated preacher.
Ride the CB&Q Railroad around the Midwest to document everyday life along its route.
Delight in the World’s Columbian Exposition’s novelties, including Ferris Wheels, electric lights, and Annie Oakley.
Explore issues of race and identity growing up in rural North Dakota plains and visiting Midwestern cities.
Defy death navigating the Mississippi, while transporting emigrants, livestock, and produce to enable Westward Expansion.
Battle alongside the Sauk leader as he defends his land from rival tribes and white settlers.