||Welcome To The Education Resource!
Educators and Students - HistoryLink is for you!
HistoryLink.org is a free, online encyclopedia of Washington state history. Our essays tell the stories of the people, places, and events that have formed the history of this great state. Educators can use them to learn more about the subject areas you are teaching to your students. Students can search our databases to find information and sources for further exploration. Additionally, in the column to the right on this page, you will see curricula on a number of topics, and a link to HistoryLink Elementary essays written specifically for younger students.
Why should you use HistoryLink.org?
Every essay is about Washington state history and is free to anyone with access to the Internet.
All essays, except for some People's Histories, are written by professional historians and researched using a variety of trusted sources. These sources are listed at the end of each essay for use in citations and to guide further research.
HistoryLink.org is accurate and reliable. Facts have been checked and rechecked by historians and editors, and essays are revised if new or different facts come to light
The Advanced Search Page allows you to explore deeper. Search by time period, county, region, or topic.
This Education Page provides links to more than 400 online resources that can help you with research and enhance your projects. It also includes Study Guides to complement your Washington state history textbook.
How is HistoryLink.org organized?
There are three kinds of essays on HistoryLink:
Cyberpedias are essays on subjects such as cities and towns, Indian tribes, significant people, and other topics of historical interest.
Timeline Entries are about events that happened at a specific time, usually a specific date. They range from when horses first arrived in Washington to the day Elvis visited the Century 21 World's Fair. These essay are ordered chronologically, so you can search forward and backward in time from any event on the timeline by clicking on the "Browse to Previous Essay" or "Browse to Next Essay" links at the top (and bottom) of each essay.
People's Histories are oral histories and firsthand accounts of events. These are stories people have shared about living through different eras of history or their experiences during a significant event. They are more personal, less formal, and in most cases do not provide sources.
How do you find essays on HistoryLink.org?
There are two ways to search for essays. First, you can click in the search box in the upper right- hand corner of the home page and enter any search term - a place, person, company, event, or even a thing. Or you can click on "Advanced Search" and choose to search by keyword, author, geographic region, county, or era.
What else is on HistoryLink.org?
In the column to the right, you will find links to:
Curricula on various topics, both those produced by HistoryLink and others we recommend.
Primary and secondary sources for use in classroom teaching and by students.
Ideas for using HistoryLink in your classroom and guides to how HistoryLink aligns with Washington state history textbooks.
Opportunities for competitions, awards, internships, and field trips.
Have any questions or suggestions? We'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.