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Here are some tips for finding your way around the America's Story website.

Site Map
This site map is a clickable list of all the sections and subsections contained on this Web site. It is similar to a table of contents and can be helpful if you are looking for a particular subject. There is a link to the site map on the bottom of every page and on the left side of this page.

Navigating the site
The America's Story site is made up of five sections. These sections contain lots of stories about people, places, and time periods in America's history.

  • Meet Amazing Americans: Individuals and groups of people who are important to America.
  • Jump Back in Time: Time periods and particular days in America's past.
  • Explore the States: Things that happened in particular US states.
  • Join America at Play: American pastimes and recreational activities.
  • See, Hear and Sing: Movies, voices and music from America's past.

You can visit any of these sections by clicking on the round buttons at the top of the page.

Where am I?
At the bottom of every page, there is a navigation aid which tells you where you are in the site. On this page, it looks like this:

Home > Help

You can click on the underlined words to go to that page of the site.

Getting Help

Help button At the top of every page is a Help button. You can click on the Help button any time to return to this page.

Getting to the Stories
When you see pictures that look like this, you can click on it to read a story about the picture.

Next button This button takes you to the next page of the story.
Back button This button takes you back to the previous page of the story.
More Stories button This means you have reached the end of the story. You can click on it to find more stories about the same subject.

Pictures and Media
Zoom Many of the images on the site have larger versions. If you see this magnifier icon, it means you can click on the image to see a larger picture. Sometimes the larger picture shows things the smaller one doesn't, so be sure to explore!

Credits for images can also be found on the enlargement pages.

AudioSome of the stories talk about sounds and music in the Library's collections. For more information about how to hear these sound clips, go to
How to access audio.

VideoSome of the stories talk about movies in the Library's collections. For more information about viewing these movies, go to How to access video.

Some portions of this site use the Macromedia Flash plug-in for animation and interactivity. Flash is used for visual effects, and a few of the games. If you do not have the Flash player installed, all critical content on the site will still work. For more information about how to install and use Flash, go to Help with Flash.

For help with sending or receiving Postcards, please go to Help with Postcards.

For help with the Scavenger Hunt, please go to the page for Help with Scavenger Hunt.

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