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History As It Happened

At Advantage we recognize that to truly understand history we must see the events through the lens of the men and women that lived in it, and read about it in their words.

There are hundreds of Community History Archives made available by our community partners from across the United States, offering free access to millions of images containing the local history that was printed in the newspapers and other records, books, or documents of the day. These pages, when stitched together, tell the story of the people, places, and events that shaped the community, the nation, and the world.

Exploring this unvarnished and unrevised “first draft of history” is not just about the past but also our present and our future.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

This Week in History – April 15- April 22

From old fires and recent fires to sinking ships and legends being born, this week in history presents us an opportunity to reflect on the events that changed lives all around the world. April seems to be the month that some of the biggest historical events have happened, and this week, in particular, has some […]

This Week in History- April 8- April 14

What do black holes, World War I, and the Iowa Hawkeyes all have in common? The answer is important historical events that happened during this week in the past! Using content from Advantage Archives and their various partners, I have provided a diverse spread of historical events that happened during this week, years ago. Not […]

This Week in History- April 1st – April 7th

From exploring space to civil rights leaders being assassinated, this week in history brought not only memorable tragedies but also local stories that aren’t often talked about. This week not only am I providing you with some fascinating historical information, but also even more in-depth search tips. I learned a lot this week on how […]

This Week in History- March 25 through March 31

This week is full of fascinating and impactful events, including a few of my favorites. With the assistance of Advantage Archives, I was able to dive deeper into these events and learn more about the first-hand reactions and thoughts following their occurrence. Between assassination attempts, fires, and nuclear explosions, this week in history provides a […]

This Week in History: March 18th – March 24th

Sydney Vaughan is a student at the University of Iowa majoring in Communications, and minoring in History. Sydney has previously used the Community History Archives to complete projects for her University level courses, and kindly agreed to write a weekly guest blog for us. She will be covering both the events of “This Week in […]

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