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120 years ago, on November 8, 1889, Montana was admitted as the 41st U.S. state.
Montana Memory project, recently added to the Opening History aggregation of digital collections, includes 65 digital collections with a total of over 13 thousands items. Two photographs from Montana Memory collection featured below show Montana views and people soon after the state joined United States.

Old Mill (1891-1892)

Old Mill (1891-1892)

Musicians

Musicians

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On October 18, 1867, United States took possession of Alaska after purchasing it from Russia for $7.2 million. This day is celebrated annually as Alaska Day.

Two men seated on shore in front of Russian Orthodox church, Unalaska, ca. 1899

Two men seated on shore in front of Russian Orthodox church, Unalaska, ca. 1899

The photograph above, courtesy of University of Washington Libraries, King County Snapshots digital collection, pictures Alaskan city Unalaska in 1899. On this photograph, two men are sitting on shore in front of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Ascension of Christ built in 1825. Another photograph (below), courtesy of Western Waters Digital Library collection, pictures Russian and Eskimo kids in 1906 in Karluk, Alaska.

Russian and Native boys leaning up against a barabara, Karluk, Alaska, June 1906

Russian and Native boys leaning up against a barabara, Karluk, Alaska, June 1906

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209 years ago, on April 24, 1800, the U.S. Library of Congress was established in Washington, D.C.
The Opening History aggregation includes 32 digital collections created or hosted by the Library of Congress, ranging in size from 32 items (Parallel Histories: Spain, the United States, and the American Frontier collection) to 62,976 items (Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860, 1870-1885 collection) and covering a wide range of topics.
The image below, courtesy of one of the smaller Library of Congress’ digital collections, John C. H. Grabill Collection, features three men and a dog, washing an panning gold in a stream near Rockerville, South Dakota, a photograph taken by John Grabill in 1889.

We have it rich: washing and panning gold, Rockerville, Dakota

"We have it rich": washing and panning gold, Rockerville, Dakota. Old timers Spriggs, Lamb, and Dillon at work


Almost two hundred thousands of items (198,306 to be precise) from the Library of Congress digital collections in Opening History aggregation nicely complement those in Library of Congress Flickr photostream.

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