Celebrate Chicago’s high society and witness the destruction of the Great Chicago Fire.
Ride the CB&Q Railroad around the Midwest to document everyday life along its route.
Battle alongside the Sauk leader as he defends his land from rival tribes and white settlers.
Delight in the World’s Columbian Exposition’s novelties, including Ferris Wheels, electric lights, and Annie Oakley.
Explore issues of race and identity growing up in rural North Dakota plains and visiting Midwestern cities.
Brave scorpions, yellow fever and privations nursing wounded soldiers in the Spanish American War.
Join in the struggle on a journey from son of a freed slave to prairie farmer to well-educated preacher.
Dance with French ladies, hunt bears, and treaty with Indians as a soldier on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Defy death navigating the Mississippi, while transporting emigrants, livestock, and produce to enable Westward Expansion.
Travel with a Chicago-based, German-American family to see the sights on their Mississippi River vacations.
Part of What Is the Midwest, a multidisciplinary project funded by The Andrew W. Mellon FoundationContact Us
Edited by Jen Wolfe and developed by Nick White of the Newberry’s Digital Initiatives and Services department. Code is available for repurposing: Midwest Time Machine repository. Interactive maps created using the open-source software StoryMapJS. Grateful acknowledgement to WBEZ’s Curious City and the inspiration from their site If you toured Chicago in 1910, what would you do?