Welcome to HistoryLink.org, the first and largest encyclopedia of regional history created expressly for the Internet. We are dedicated to the principle that history belongs to the entire community and that a better understanding of past events can improve public debate and decisions and enrich the lives of individuals.
HistoryLink.org is the continually evolving online encyclopedia of Washington state history. We provide a free, authoritative, and easily accessible reference for the benefit of all. With a few noted exceptions, all articles on this site are original works prepared exclusively for HistoryLink.org by staff historians, contract writers, volunteers, and consulting experts.
Our writers are Washingtonians, writing about Washington, tunneling through our state's rich archival resources, and serving up Washington's history. We are guided by a distinguished board of scholars, educators, and community leaders. HistoryLink.org is history -- events large and small; domestic, civic, and international. Things that happened in our state and then rippled out across the planet. National and global happenings that touched our corner of the great Pacific Northwest.
Our content increases almost daily, as of 2024 HistoryLink.org features more than 8,200 original articles. Like the communities and state it chronicles, HistoryLink.org is a work in progress. We continuously add new features to fill gaps and enlarge upon selected subjects, and existing articles are often expanded or corrected to reflect new information. HistoryLink.org serves an average of 4,500 visitors a day, among them teachers, students, journalists, and lifelong history lovers who use us as a resource to inform their perceptions and enhance their lives. And after more than 25 years, HistoryLink has its own history, too, which you can read about here.
We welcome your comments and suggestions – submit them the Contact page. We encourage you to inquire about adding your own voice to our People's History library.
The encyclopedia has three types of articles:
- Features are overview articles – biographical stories and snapshots of communities and historical events, all fully cited.
- Timeline Entries are events keyed to specific dates, offering readers the opportunity to scroll chronologically through Washington state history. All are fully cited.
- People’s Histories are reminiscences, documents, older historical accounts, and personal interpretations. Most are not cited.
HistoryLink Mission Statement
HistoryLink is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation established in 1997 to pioneer innovative approaches to historical research, education, and publishing. Its primary public service activity is production of HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history and the nation’s first original encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet.
Fair Use and Copyright Policies
The content on HistoryLink.org is owned by HistoryLink and subject to its copyright. HistoryLink.org is offered as a public service. Our written content is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction for noncommercial use, with attribution. Credit should be given to both HistoryLink.org and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction.
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Citation of HistoryLink Content
Except for most People's History articles, HistoryLink.org articles are fully sourced, bylined, and dated to provide authoritative references for legal, journalistic, and scholastic use. Different stylebooks have different citation styles. For most purposes, we recommend using the following format to cite HistoryLink.org: Formal name of the encyclopedia, “Name of the essay” (author’s name), link to encyclopedia (date accessed).
Example: HistoryLink.org Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, "President Franklin Roosevelt tours the Olympic Peninsula on October 1, 1937" (by Kit Oldham), www.historylink.org (accessed November 3, 2004).
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