2) Travel Stories
Complementing this collection's maps with travel stories from American Memory, teachers may create an activity in which the concurrent use of text and visual data adds to the comprehension of each. To find books recounting individuals' experiences with train travel search the descriptive information on railroad in the collections California As I Saw It: First-Person Narratives, 1849-1900 and Pioneering the Upper Midwest, ca. 1820-1910.
Students can search Railroad Maps to find maps of the regions written about in the travel stories. Then ask them to find on the map the names of landmarks mentioned by the authors. If the author wrote about a trip, have the students trace the route the writer traveled. Students can write a book report with maps from the collection as illustration.