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Memorial Image of Louis Riel

A memorial to Metis leader Louis Riel who was executed by Canadian authorities on the charges of murder and treason. The imagery of cabins and a teepee suggests the close relationship between the Metis and American Indians on the Canadian Great Plains.

Date
1886
Subjects
Riel Rebellion, 1885
Visions of history
Places
Canada
Manitoba
People
Riel, Louis David
Grain elevators, Central Illinois

Two grain elevator facilities west of Champaign, Illinois. On the left, the larger facility is that of The Andersons Grain and Ethanol Group. On the right, the much smaller Rising Farmers Grain Company.

Creator
Higbie, Tobias
Date
2007
Subjects
Agriculture
Industry
Places
Illinois
Uniroyal Giant Tire

A landmark of the Michigan automotive industry, this Uniroyal Giant Tire looms over a curve on Interstate 94 outside of Detroit. Standing 80 feet tall, the tire was originally a Ferris Wheel at the 1965 World’s Fair in New York. In 1989, the French tire company Michelin purchased Uniroyal and its partner firm B.F. Goodrich.

Creator
Higbie, Tobias
Date
2008
Subjects
Advertisements
Places
Michigan
Motel in West Des Moines, Iowa

In the 1980s and 1990s a growing number of businesses and organizations adopted the term “heartland” as part of their corporate identity. The Heartland Inn, a motel chain centered in Iowa, opened its first facility in 1984.

Creator
Higbie, Tobias
Date
2007
Subjects
Advertising
Businesses
Places
Iowa
Earth flags and Golden Arches

Police cordon surround an antiwar march, March 2004, Chicago. The Earth flags carried by protesters and the corporate advertising in the background are contrasting symbols of globalization.

Creator
Koslow, Jennifer
Date
2004
Subjects
Police
Political campaigns
Protests
Grand Palace, Decatur, Illinois

The Heartland Community Church in Decatur, Illinois, operates the Grand Palace as a banquet hall. The architecture and advertising of the facility evoke both frontier themes and the notion of midwestern hospitality and simplicity.

Creator
Higbie, Tobias
Date
2007
Subjects
Advertising
Businesses
Visions of history
Haymarket Monument, Waldheim Cemetery

A monument to four anarchist labor leaders executed in Chicago on November 11, 1887. After a trial that is generally considered a miscarriage of justice, the men were convicted of killing police with a bomb. The words at the base of the statue are those of Albert Parsons, “The day will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.” Other important labor and radical leaders, including Emma Goldman, chose to be buried near this monument.

Creator
Weinert, Albert
Subjects
Anarchism
Labor unions
Radicalism
Visions of history
Places
Chicago, Illinois
Mittal Steel, Riverdale, Illinois

A modern steel “minimill” about 30 miles south of downtown Chicago. A U.S. flag appears prominently on one side of the mill. Situated on the Calumet River, this facility was built by Acme Steel in 1996 and is the successor to an adjacent mill built in 1918. Through a series of buyouts Acme Steel became part of Mittal Steel, a global steel producer led by Indian-born Lakshmi Mittal. In 2006 Mittal merged with the European steelmaker Arcelor to form the world's largest steelmaker.

Creator
Higbie, Tobias
Date
2007
Subjects
Industry
Places
Riverdale, Illinois
Corn planting near Friend, [Nebraska]

Two farmers planting with a tractor in eastern Nebraska. Photographer Esther Bubley and her colleague Russell Lee documented daily life along the route of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in 1948 in preparation for the book Granger Country.

Creator
Bubley, Esther
Date
1948
Subjects
Agriculture
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company
Places
Nebraska
Canada Day 1988 Voyageur Cup

A group of Canadians, some dressed as Voyageurs, carry a large canoe of the type used in the fur trade. Canada Day commemorates the 1867 British North America Act that united all different British colonies into the “Dominion of Canada.”

Creator
Noel, Lynn
Date
1988
Subjects
Fur trade
Visions of history
Places
Canada
Ontario