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.
Biographical information on individuals featured on A&E's Biography series. Lots of information simply presented makes this site a great online resource.
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. It's a diverse and interesting group. There's 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!
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 there's 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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
World History Chart
This site offers a "synchronoptic" view of world history, allowing the user to conceptualize world historical events in the format of what was happening on widely separated parts of the earth at the same time. They use a lot of frames, so if your browser doesn't support frames it can be a rough ride. If it does, the site is well worth your time.