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1492: An Ongoing Voyage

This site features information on Columbus's historic voyage from the Library of Congress archives. Not much on graphics, but a lot of good information here.


A&E Biography

Biographical information on individuals featured on A&E's Biography series. Lots of information simply presented makes this site a great online resource.

An Abridged History of the USA

This book, published online, covers a period of 207 years of U.S. History. It starts with the ratification of the Constitution and ends with the 1996 Presidential Campaign. It has some pictures and links to other sites which provide supporting/additional information. Very interesting!

Academy of Achievement

The Academy of Achievement brings you pictures and stories of "legendary achievers" of the 20th century in areas such as arts, public service, sports, and science. Its a diverse and interesting group. Theres also a section where you can hear achievers tell how important qualities such as passion and vision have been to them. (Slow, but there is a low bandwidth version.)

The Age of King Charles V (1338-1380)

The Bibliotheque Nationale de France presents this large site containing historical information of the King Charles V period. It's organized well, with access to many documents, manuscripts, and works of art. Available in English and French.

Alexander Graham Bell Notebooks Project

The complete notebooks of Alexander Graham Bell, containing notes on his experiments, are scanned in and ready for your reading pleasure.

Alexander Graham Bell's Path to the Telephone

This site provides information on Bell's research, with flowcharts of his progress and experiments, and a helpful narrative to assist in understanding the inventor and his path.

Alice Williamson Diary

A part of the Duke University Special Collections Library, this site presents a 36-page diary kept by a school girl, Alice Williamson, in Gallatin Tennessee from February to September 1864. The diary focuses on the occupation of Gallatin by Union forces..

American Museum of Natural History

"One of the world's preeminent scientific and educational institutions," the American Museum of Natural History offers here exhibits and information on many aspects of natural history, as well as museum information, news, and current research.

American Treasures of the Library of Congress

This online version of an exhibition on permanent display in Washington D.C. is a history lover's delight. See, among many others, the contents of Lincoln's pockets on the night he was assassinated, Thomas Jefferson's handwritten draft of The Declaration of Independence, or a baseball card from the late 19th century.

The American West

This site contains extensive information on the development and history of the American West. There are maps, stories, and links focusing on Westward Expansion (Lewis & Clark, Oregon Trail), The Alamo, European Emigration, Women of the West, and Native American Tribes and Nations, and even a whole area about western films. Lots to look at and explore!

Apollo 11

The first manned landing on the moon is showcased in this site, which includes comments from the astronauts and extensive technical information about the mission. An excellent resource.

Architecture Through the Ages

This is a Think Quest site and a very informative one, but you do have to overlook a few minor problems in grammar and such. Learn about the building (and sometimes the culture) of a half dozen early civilizations including Egyptian, Greek, and Aztec. The style is straightforward and should be easy for middle and even elementary school students to comprehend.

Archiving Early America

This is a great resource for early American History. You can find images of actual historic documents, solve an interactive cross-word puzzle, read the Early American Review, and participate in a "Town Crier" online forum. Wonderful content and pictures!

California Museum of Photography

A large archive of mostly historical photos from the California Museum of Photography's collection. They make you dig to get to the images, and many of them are fairly slow to load...still, it's worth a trip.

Canadian Women in History

This is a great resource about women from Canada's past. You will find short biographies and references to other resources.

The Castles of Wales

This is a very comprehensive, attractive, and well organized site dedicated to the castles of Wales. It lists more than 170 castles, many with pictures and one with virtual tour, and includes historical information and a section on Welsh Abbeys. Complete with Welsh language version!

The Civil War Home Page

This is a huge site offering information and links to everything about the Civil War, from battles to people, collectibles to reenactments.

The Costume Page

This "comprehensive index of costume and costuming-related links" offers you 2000 categorized sites (Now theres an indication of how big the Web is getting!) where you can find information on costumes, history, museums, design, materials, and more. Everyone from trick-or-treaters to theatrical costumers welcome!

Creative Impulse

The high school teacher who developed this site has built a resource which examines history through the Arts (Art, Music, Drama, Literature, and Culture) of each historical period. She starts with prehistory and takes you through the medieval period to the present. Lots and lots of links.

Cyber Antique Mall

This lovely "on-line community for lovers of antiques & collectibles" offers vendor booths and an online bookstore to browse, a number of useful articles for the enthusiast, an appraisal service, and more.

Cybrary of the Holocaust

Among the Holocaust resources you'll find here are poems and stories written by survivors, historical information, and a guide for teachers.

Distinguished Women of Past and Present

If you're looking for a biography about a woman important in history, here is the site for you! There are writers, educators, scientists, heads of state, politicians, civil rights crusaders, artists, entertainers, and others. Listed alphabetically or by field of activity.

End of The Oregon Trail

If youre in or going to Oregon, you can visit the Interpretive Center and get a real feel for what life was like on The Oregon Trail. If not, this site can still help you with lots of Oregon Trail information, especially in the History of the Trail, Wagons, and Stories sections.

Exploring the West from Monticello

This is an online view of an exhibition of maps and journals examining the planning of the Lewis and Clark Expedition The exhibition largely utilizes documents from Thomas Jefferson's personal library of explorers' accounts, geographic works, and maps.

Faster Than Sound: Men of the X-1

This piece of NOVA Online is just too good to miss. Chuck Yeager flew the X-1 to break the sound barrier for the first time on October 14, 1947. Here you can read and listen to his words and those of other men vital to that effort and get a feel for what it was really like to step (or fly) into the unknown. (While you're here, check out a lot of other great NOVA stuff too!)

The Field Museum

The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago offers this award-winning site. "Life Over Time," the current exhibit, has extensive dinosaur information. The currator's archeological discoveries in South America are also chronicled here.

The First Ladies of the United States of America

The biographies presented here offer you glimpses into the lives of these women. The information is supplemented with pictures of the First Ladies and links to biographies of their husbands.

The Forum Romanum

Put together by a ThinkQuest team of high school students from the Netherlands, and all the more remarkable for that, this is a literate, thorough, and entertaining history of the Forum of Rome, concentrating on the period from 100 B.C. through 100 A.D. The creators quote one US professor who recommended the site not just for secondary schools, but also for introductory college level Roman history. It's that good.

Genealogy Toolbox

If you're interested in researching your family name, the Geneaology Toolbox is a great starting point.

Glen Foerd on the Deleware

This site commemorates "the last surviving riverfront estate in Philadelphia." See pictures and maps of this Italianate mansion and grounds, and read about its history and the stories of those who built and enhanced it over the last century and a half. Includes archives and preservation and tour info.

The Great American Landmarks Adventure

The National Park Service, The History Channel, and The American Architectural Foundation offer 3000 years of U.S. history through word and picture. Learn how national landmarks are chosen and visit 43 of them, each with a brief history and an artist's drawing to print and color. Includes a teacher's guide.

The Great Pyramid

Many architects who have studied the Great Pyramid contend that even with the wonders of modern technology, we could not build it today! No wonderful graphics, but this is a fascinating study of the ancient pyramid and its history.

The Historical Renaissance

A collection of reading material and a number of Web links on American history and culture.

History - The 20th Century

This Mining Company site contains a weekly article dealing with some interesting aspect of this century's history, archives of past articles, and a wonderful Resource List of sites giving you information on the places, people, and events of 20th Century importance.

The History Buff's Home Page

This site, developed by the Newspaper Collectors' Society, is a searchable library of general American history as well as newspaper history. Categories include pre-18th century, the Civil War, and 17 others. There are also links to journalism sites.

The History Channel

The History Channel offers lessons on everything from Martin Luther King Jr. to lesser known historical figures and events. Includes both world and US history. A good source for kids, parents, and teachers.

History of Egypt

This link is on Egypt's Ministry of Tourism site and it has large amounts of information on Egyptian history, mainly taken from Egypt of the Pharaohs by Sir Alan Gardiner. The pages are organized chronologically by dynasty.

The History Net

Brought to you by the National Historical Society, this site is "Where History Lives on the Net." It's organized well and provides interesting reading on a wide range of topics in world and American history as well as "History Talk" and book reviews.

A History of Photography

Summarizing photography from its beginnings through 1920, this is a text presentation with information on the contributions of dozens of people and processes in early photography. It's an excellent resource, well organized for ease of use.

The History Place

The Timeline and related articles on World War II alone would justify this as an outstanding site, but The History Place also features wonderful exhibits on The American Revolution, the Holocaust, The Civil War, John F. Kennedy, and more. For your travels, see the list of historic areas by state.

The Holocaust: A Tragic Legacy

This award-winning ThinkQuest site provides a great overview of the Holocaust. Included are: a summary, a glossary, an interactive timeline, words of survivors, and a virtual visit to a concentration camp. There are also considerations of Neo-Nazis today, "what would you have done" dilemmas, quizzes, and more.

K-12 History on the Internet Resource Guide

Go to the site map and get a clear picture of what this site offers in its attempt to encourage history teachers out onto the information superhighway. Though this site has been up since 1995, it's updated and offers good techniques and resources for teachers, and not just teachers of history.

The Labyrinth

"A World Wide Web Server for Medieval Studies," Georgetown University's Labyrinth provides an "Ariadne's Thread" to guide you through the knowledge they have uploaded to the web. The information is divided into subjects such as National Cultures, International Culture, and Special Topics. A wonderful resource.

Leonardo da Vinci

From the Museum of Science in Boston, this is an excellent Leonardo da Vinci site. See QuickTime movies of the Leonardo ("Scientist, Inventor, Artist") exhibit the museum hosted in the summer of 1997 and use multimedia presentations to learn about the Renaissance and this multi-talented genius.

Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War

Through the letters of Newton Scott, you can follow his life as a Union soldier from October 24, 1862 to August 19, 1865. His grammar was not the best, but this site is a wonderful way to get to know a difficult time in U.S. history.

The Library of Congress

The Library employs multiple search methods to encourage the use of its impressive site and its catalogs as well. The site's feature exhibits tell America's story through documents, photos, movies, and audio. There's an educators' Learning Page and a great Today in History feature in addition to the massive research possibilities.

The Life and times of Henry Hudson, Explorer and Adventurer

This is an exhaustive account of the life and voyages of Henry Hudson. The author has combined many sources to offer a very literate recounting of Hudsons life and times, plus links to related Web resources. Includes a text-only version.

Lighthouse Getaway!

What a wonderful blend of history, beauty, and travel tips. Do the virtual visit of a hundred lighthouses (U.S. and Irish) or just the top ten, learn which are endangered, or glean travel information for an upcoming trip. Lovely.


There's more information here on "North American Aborigine Projectile Points and Lithics" (arrowheads to most of us) than we knew existed! There's a glossary of lithics terminology, a set of labeled drawings of the various point types, lists of reference books and periodicals, and excellent links.

The Mariners Museum

You could spend hours wandering through this lovely site which offers the exhibits of The Mariners Museum, established in 1930 in Newport News, Virginia. Dont miss the Maritime Album and the Titanic, currently under New and Exciting. Also available: a research library, archives, an online curriculum guide to a maritime Age of Exploration, news, postcards, much more.

Medieval and Renaissance Fact and Fiction

This is a guide to Web resources "for people who are interested in the history, culture, literature and re-creation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance." Most links have some annotation.

Military Books Online

Looking for online research resources on various aspects of military history? This is the place to go; there's great information here.

Monticello, The Home of Thomas Jefferson

A great interactive tour of Monticello, with historical background of Thomas Jefferson's day and scientific endeavors. This is a wonderful educational site, including such things as his recipes for muffins and ice cream and the written memories of his children and grandchildren.

Mount Vernon Educational Resources

This is a wonderful place to learn about George Washington and his home. There's a tour of the grounds in word and picture, biographical information about the first US President, images and statistics which help to know the man in his many roles, and a place to send trading cards and complete interactive quizzes.

Moyse's Hall

Here you will find an example of Norman domestic architecture. In addition to views of Moyse's Hall and information about it, there is a variety of other information including facts about the first hunters and British Tribal Kingdoms. Very interesting.

Mr. Donn's Ancient History Page

Mr. Donn teaches ancient history to sixth graders in Maryland. This impressive site offers his own units on Ancient Greece and Mesopotamia (detailed daily lessons, activities, a unit test) plus wonderful teaching resources he's gathered on a dozen ancient cultures including Egypt, Rome, China, Africa, Aztecs, etc. Site also includes Mrs. Donn's Special Sections, maps, games, and more. Excellent.

The Museum of Antiquities, World Wide on the Web

This online museum from The United Kingdom contains a virtual gallery of exhibits. Their permanent exhibit is "Explore Flints and Stones" which takes you to the world of the late stone age hunter-gatherers of Britain and northwest Europe.

Museum of the City of San Francisco

Here's an extremely well organized look at the history and artifacts of San Francisco. The documents are fascinating and tell the story of the settlement of California as well as of this beautiful and famous city.

The Napoleon Foundation

The Napoleon Foundation is dedicated to the study of the civil and military achivements of the first and second empires. The site includes a history of the time period, and in-depth information on the Bonaparte family. Very impressive, and it's available in French or English.

National Holocaust Memorial Museum

Though primarily this is information about the musuem, the "Learning About the Holocaust" section provides educators with information for teaching about the holocaust. There are also excerpts from the official trial with accompanying photographs (though some are pretty graphic).

National Women's History Project

The National Women's History Project promotes multicultural women's history awareness. The web site offers information regarding National Women's History Month (March) as well as great quotes by and about women's history, a women's history test (bet you can't get them all right) and links to other women's history web sites.

Native American Documents Project

There's a fair amount of information on this site already, though the creators make it very clear they're just scratching the surface. The objective is to catalog and detail the history of US federal government policy towards Native Americans and make it easily accessible.

Natural History Museums and Collections

You can link from here to hundreds of museums, botanical gardens, conservation sites, and libraries around the world. Many of these are truly spectacular. Sources are divided by continent and arranged alphabetically.

Odin's Castle of Dreams & Legends

Visit the rooms of Odin's Castle and find hundreds of links to history sites on the Web. Starting with the origins of man, moving through ancient civilizations, the Renaissance, American history, religions, and many more categories, this site offers you access to a huge chunk of the history available on the Internet.

Plymouth: Its History and People

A site containing information pertaining to the settlers at Plymouth Rock. A nice way to bring history to life.

The Political Graveyard

"The Web Site That Tells Where the Dead Politicians Are Buried" has an extensive database that gives more information than you might ever want to know about anyone who has ever served in the U.S. House or Senate, as Vice President, or in the Continental Congress. In addition to birth and death information, you get lists of politicians in alphabetical order, by state and offices held, and even more. Whether you are interested in history or trivia you'll find it and find it and find it here.


If you're looking for information on the US Presidency (including multimedia files such as images and audio clips), this is a great online resource from the University of North Carolina.

The Provincial Museum of Alberta

Featuring the human and natural history of Alberta and western Canada, The Provincial Museum of Alberta presents 12 curatorial programs, exhibits, galleries, and events. The Museum's site is extensive and rich with information for educators and students alike.

The Revolutionary War: A Journey Towards Freedom

Designed as "an online reference tool and a forum for discussion on American History around the time of the Revolution (1763-1810)" this site offers an illustrated tour of Valley Forge and Washington's Crossing, a Fun Zone with games and word searches, and a Teacher's Corner with activities and plans.

Sherwood Forest

If you can't make it to Sherwood Forest, the home of President John Tyler, spend some time on this site and you might well feel like you've been there. In animation, you can literally watch the home develop through history. If you have QuickTime VR you can take an extensive "tour" as well. Even if you've been to Virginia to see this historic plantation, you'll want to visit it on the web!

Social Studies Online Resources

World and U.S. Geography, History, and News sites are compiled and categorized here with useful annotations. If you are a teacher or student of Social Studies, this should be a helpful site for you.

Social Studies Sources

This is a large group of briefly annotated Social Studies links compiled for K-12 teachers and students. Sites are listed in such categories as General, World, and U.S. History, Government/Politics, and Geography/Culture.

Stamp on Black History

This ThinkQuest site offers biographies of the many Black Americans who have appeared on U.S. postage stamps. There is also information here on stamps and stamp collecting, a quiz, activities, and more.

Stratford Hall Plantation

Stratford Hall is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee, and of earlier Lee family members important in US history. This site details the history, archaeological finds, and current educational offerings of this unique property and offers help in planning a trip to this historic region.

Sulgrave Manor

Sulgrave Manor is the English home of George Washington's ancestors. This site gives event and visitor information of local interest, but also provides the history of the Washingtons and some insight into how the family of the first U.S. president came to live in North America.

Susan B. Anthony

This site offers a biography, photographs, and other information about Susan B. Anthony. As her niece said, "Because of Aunt Susan's love for women and perseverance in her cause, I have today the enjoyment of a great many more rights and privileges than my mother had twenty-five years ago."

TeachPDLaw's Research World

This collection of links was put together by a police officer who teaches several subjects in America Online's Academic Assistance Center. Among the subjects are World History, American History, The Arts, Culture & Society, and Research and Reference.

This Week in American Indian History

This is fascinating history, discussing for each day of the year the Native American happenings from the 16th century to the present. There are also hundreds of Tribe names, with meanings and many with alternate names, and various tribes' names of the moons (months).

The U-Boat War in Cartoons

This little gem shows five wonderful old cartoons from newspapers of 1915-1916 depicting British, German, and United States reactions to the battles over shipping just prior to U.S. involvement in World War I. It's a nice history mini-lesson with exposition and questions.

The US Civil War Center

Everything you ever wanted to know about the US Civil War, and probably then some. This is an exhaustive catalog. Not much to look at, but the content makes it well worth the trip. And that does help it load faster.

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum

In addition to information about visiting or joining the museum, this site offers a wealth of holocaust information in text and photograph. Well done.

Virtual Renaissance: A Journey Through Time

This is fun and fascinating history. There are many places to visit and a lot of information here, plus links to other great Renaissance and historical sites. If you go to the town and visit the school, you can learn about the alphabet and other lessons used by the students (boys only, of course!) of the day.

WASP on the Web

There were 1074 Women Airforce Service Pilots in WWII, and this is the story of one of them, Marie Odean (Deanie) Bishop Parrish, and of all of them. Pictures from her scrapbook, a brief history, and inspiring quotes from Yeager, Doolittle, Reno and others tell the story of these women who paid their own way to become the first American women ever to fly military aircraft.

Women in Alaskas History

This very interesting and well written ThinkQuest site details the lives of women important in the history of Alaska. It also contains great information on Alaskas early history (including several groups of native peoples and the earliest Russian settlers), the gold rush, the Iditarod, and Alaska today. Well done.