An exploration of a wide array of articles and posts that dive into history, historical materials, research, access, engagement, and other topics that relate to Advantage Archives’ mission of building strong community-based partnerships that allow users to explore, discover, learn from, connect with, and share local histories.

The Community History Archives: This Week In History July 22nd – July 28th

Amy Winehouse was a singer-songwriter who made a name for herself in the music industry. What set Amy Winehouse apart from everyone else was her unique voice and how her music combined multiple genres. Some styles she took inspiration from include jazz, soul, and blues.  While Amy Winehouse only released two studio albums, she has […]

The Community History Archives: This Week In History July 15th – July 21st

One of the most famous attractions in Chicago, Illinois is Millenium Park. But how many people know the story behind this iconic location? The idea of building a park to replace the Illinois Central Railroad Lines that occupied the area began back in 1977. Nothing came to fruition until Richard Daley became mayor in 1989, […]

The Community History Archives: This Week In History July 8th- July 14th

The Atlantis space shuttle was a NASA shuttle that went on 33 missions during its career. It took one final mission for itself and the American Space Shuttle Program on July 8th, 2011. It was the 135th mission in the program and would be the last.  The American Space Shuttle Program was developed to form […]

The Community History Archives: This Week In History July 1st – July 7th

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) went into force on July 1, 2020. The agreement was created to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with a newer, more updated version. By bringing the agreement into the 21st century, trade, labor, and other economic conditions would improve. The agreement has various functions that mutually benefit […]

Discovery: Remembering the USS Jacob Jones

On March 3, 1942, the headline of the Newark Evening News read “Sub Sinks Destroyer Off N.J.,” informing the citizens of Newark and the rest of New Jersey of the sinking of a United States Navy warship by a German submarine. On February 28, 1942, the USS Jacob Jones (DD-130) patrolled the waters off Cape […]

Celebrating 120,000,000 Images: A Milestone for Advantage Archives

Advantage Archives — Founded on the key principle that no history should ever have to live behind a paywall. Since our formation, we have provided FREE digital access to over 120,000,000 images and partnered with over 1,000 institutions.   “The Ancestor Hunt has been tracking Advantage Archives Community History Archive installations at libraries and other institutions […]

Community History Archives: This Week In History: June 24th – June 30th

This week in history is all about progress for everyone. Members of different minority groups saw representation and advocacy for themselves through this week’s events. Women around the world saw that they were capable of holding high positions of power. Oppressed groups learned that they could fight back against discrimination and violence. An example was […]

Don’t Search For An Obituary By Only Searching For An “Obituary”

In the quest to trace our roots and understand our heritage, obituaries often serve as a crucial starting point. Obituaries are undoubtedly a rich source of information for genealogists. They often provide vital details about the deceased, including their full name, date of birth, date of death, and often, the names of their relatives. However, […]

Community History Archives: This Week in History: June 17th – June 23rd

This week in history holds new information about the events that you likely know a lot about. From infamous scandals to beloved holidays, there is always something new to learn about the past. I hope this week I can teach you something new, as well as provide you with some search tips to help you […]

Community History Archives: This Week in History- June 10th – June 16th

School may be out for the summer, but history happens outside of the classroom every week. This week in the past brought us lots of entrances and departures. Between Italian Troops entering a war, American troops evacuating a base, a new US Territory being established, and one of the FBI’s most wanted escaping prison, this […]

Community History Archives: This Week in History- June 3rd – June 9th

The past is constantly changing the tides of the future, especially for the events that happened this week in history. The death of a species and the death of a presidential candidate, a push towards victory, and the push for change are all a part of what happened on these days many years ago. Some […]

Community History Archives: This Week in History- May 27th – June 2nd

This week in history has brought us back in time to some of history’s myths and legends! From remembering icons of the civil rights movement to climbing Mount Everest and searching for yetis, this week in history has brought us unforgettable world changers. As always, not only will I be sharing my historical findings with […]

Community History Archive: This Week in History: May 20th – May 26th

Get ready to embark on a fascinating journey through some significant events in history. Every week in history has a diverse range of content, but this week especially has a little something for everyone. Between devastating natural disasters, groundbreaking politics, early American cars, and international conflicts, this week in history has it all. Join me […]

Community History Archive: This Week in History: May 13th – May 19th

The week of May 13th through May 19th is a time in the past when we saw the birth of new legends and traditions, and the passing of old stars. Between momentous Supreme Court decisions and the creation of one of the most popular fast food franchises in the world, this week in history provides […]

Community History Archives: This Week in History: May 6th – May 12th

Get ready for a trip around the world, because this week in history brings us events from all over the globe! Our first destination will take us back a year to a Royal Coronation. From there, we will make stops in South Africa, New Jersey, and Europe as we cover some of the most important […]

Search (The Community History Archives) Using Deliberately Misspelled Words

Most online newspaper researchers do not recognize that when searching for a word, a term, a name, etc., that they essentially are searching against a database that has been built based on whether a very small section of a newspaper is black or white. It is the formation of these dots that may look like […]

Community History Archives: This Week in History: April 29th – May 5th

This week in history was marked by destruction and change. Two hateful leaders passed away, unfair treatment sparked riots that destroyed many communities, and a baseball legend broke a record but was met with criticism for his attitude. Additionally, World War II was winding down on one front. If you’re interested in any of these […]

This Week in History: April 22- April 28

In honor of Earth Day, this week in history brings you events from the great outdoors! Whether you are a baseball fan, a climate activist, or just looking to learn more about history, this week in history has something for everyone! This week I chose to focus on the events that have impacted our environment […]

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