1860s

John Logan with wife Mary Simmerson Cunningham Logan, son Manning Alexander Logan, and daughter Mary Elizabeth Dollie Logan (c1870)

The love story behind our first Memorial Day (1955)

When the flowers are reverently placed on the graves tomorrow, there will be many indebted to a tall, dark-haired frontiersman-soldier-statesman, General John Alexander Logan. Through his efforts, encouraged by his loyal wife, Memorial Day was founded.
American homestead summer by Currier and Ives 1868

Come to Kansas and homestead 160 acres of land for $10 (1863)

On the payment of ten dollars, and the office fees, any person, being the head of a family, or over the age of twenty-one years, may enter 160 acres, or a less quantity, of the unappropriated Public Land as his Homestead. The applicant must either be a citizen, or have declared his intention to become such.

How the railroads first crossed America (1968)

The most dramatic and best-known story of railroading in the United States is the connecting of the Atlantic and the Pacific by railroad in 1869, tying of the oceans together by rail across the heart of the United States
Mint julep in a silver cup

100 years of classic mint julep recipes (1862-1962)

It seems that there are almost as many mint julep recipes as there are people who enjoy these frosty alcoholic beverages. We searched through newspaper and book archives to collect these nine julep how-tos that span a century. Take a look at what we found!
8 ways to enjoy old-fashioned eggnog

8 ways to enjoy old-fashioned eggnog

Egg nog is thought to be originally an American institution, especially popular in the southern states during the holiday season. Here are 8 old-fashioned eggnog recipes for you to try.

Civil war leaders (1863-1865)

These drawings come from 'A history of the Civil War, 1861-1865, and the causes that led up to the great conflict,' compiled from the official records of the War Department and published in 1912.