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Ida B. Wells

Some of Ida B. Wells' descendants visit a post office named for her in Holly Springs, Mississippi Ida B. Wells was born in Mississippi and lived almost half of her life in Illinois. But along the way she spent time in Memphis, and it was ther…

James K. Polk

One of the few photographs ever taken of President and Mrs. James K. Polk PHOTO: Polk Ancestral Home James K. Polk accomplished much during his four-year term as America's eleventh president. He acquired more than a million square miles of la…

Little River Lumber Company

This photo from about 1930 shows an area near Tremont, in the Great Smoky Mountains, that had been completely cleared of trees PHOTO: Blount County Library Millions of Americans have followed in the steps of the Little River Lumber Company withou…

New Madrid Earthquake

Reelfoot Lake was formed by the New Madrid Earthquakes At about 2 a.m. on December 16, 1811, the ground began to shake uncontrollably. Large trees swayed, then snapped throughout Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, and other state…

Oak Ridge Letter

Paralee Raby and her stepdaughter Grace Raby Crawford Photo: Grace Raby Crawford When you research a single document, you never know where it might lead. There is a section of the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge devoted to the …