Your Upper Arlington library card allows you access to numerous wonderful databases provided by our Reference department. One such database is the Dictionary of American History. Whether you’re a student researching an assignment, a history buff digging into new topics, or just a curious person wanting to learn something new, this is a great place to explore a vast range of topics concerning America’s history. Among these topics, you can learn about things like:
The Oregon Trail, the treacherous 2,000-mile route taken by thousands of pioneers in the mid-1800’s who were looking to make a new life for themselves out west.
The Disney Corporation, incorporated by Walt Disney (pictured above) and his brother Roy in 1923 in Los Angeles, California. The company gained popularity with its short animated films featuring characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and grew to become the second largest media conglomerate in the world by the end of the twentieth century
Bungee jumping, which came to our country in 1979, and today draws thousands of people seeking a thrill.
Grasshoppers, which have played a large part in our country’s agricultural history. These insects caused extensive destruction to crops at varying points in time until the early 1900’s.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not, introduced in the New York Globe in 1918, rapidly gained popularity with its bizarre stories, and was soon featured in 325 newspapers in 33 countries. Today Ripley's collection of memorabilia can be visited in 26 museums around the world.
Colt Six-Shooter, the first practical revolving pistol, was manufactured in the United States in 1836 and was used heavily throughout the conquest and settlement of the West.
I Love Lucy, the well-known half hour sit-com that aired from 1951 to 1957, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The show was shot on film in Los Angeles making it stand out from most other TV shows at the time, which were broadcast live from New York City. Today reruns of the show can still be seen on television.
You can easily spend hours searching through the hundreds of topics in the Dictionary of American History. I hope you enjoy browsing through them all!!