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Westward by Sea: A Maritime Perspective on American Expansion, 1820-1890

This online research compilation is a part of the Library of Congress’s American Memory collection and presents pictorial and textual materials illustrating major themes in the history of maritime westward expansion. Some of these themes include the California Gold Rush, the roles of women, the immigrant experience, whaling life, life at sea, shipping, and native populations. Covering a wide...
Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans -- The Penniman House: A Whaling Story

First launched in 1991, the Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans from the National Park Service has really served to bring history to life for the benefit of young people by bringing together a number of pieces of historical documentation together for use by teachers in the classroom. One of the latest plans utilizes documents related to the grand home of Captain Penniman (a whale trader in...
Whaling History: Laura Jernegan, Girl on a Whaleship

It's not hard to see why this whale of a tale was the third most shared resource by our readers. This well crafted site provides a window into the life of a young girl on a whaling ship in the 1800s. One of our favorite aspects of the site is the option to read Laura's journal in her original handwriting, allowing readers to watch her penmanship develop and steady as her journey progressed over...