History Sites for Kids


1492: An Ongoing Voyage
Who lived in the Americas before 1492? How did contact with the Europeans affect them? What was Columbus really like? Find the answers to questions like these and many more at this Library of Congress site.

The 1900 House
Did you know that having a bathroom in your house in 1900 was something only the wealthy could afford? Take a tour of this 1900 house and see what home life was like through the eyes of a family who actually lived in it.

America's Story
Take a fun and educational look at the stories of America's past, brought to you by the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world.

At Home in the Heartland
Explore family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present. Real-life stories about the people who lived there give this site a very personal touch.

Collapse - Why do Civilizations Fall?
Throughout history, civilizations have gone through periods of growth and decline. This site explores the collapse of four ancient societies and lets you search for clues and come to your own conclusions as to why the Maya fell.

The First Thanksgiving
This attractive site from Scholastic lets you "discover pilgrim life as if you were there." You can meet the passengers and crew of the Mayflower, see how the Pilgrims and Wampanoag lived, view a picture time line, play the Thanksgiving Cyber-Challenge, and more.

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
In 1900, life was a constant struggle. 100 years later, the world was a healthier, safer, and more productive place, due to the hard work of engineers and scientists. From electrification, to the automobile, to computers, learn how engineering has changed and improved our lives.

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
The history of Harriet Tubman, who led 300 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Includes quiz, timeline, pictures and more.

HyperHistory Online
People, history, events, and maps are presented through an easy-to-use graphical time-line. This excellent site contains over 1,600 files covering 3,000 years of world history.

The Library of Congress
Historic articles, documents, photographs, movies, maps and sound recordings. A great source for a look at America's history.

Mark Millmore's Ancient Egypt
Learn about the ancient pyramids, find out how to write your name using hieroglyphs, discover the secrets behind Egyptian mathematics, and more at this informative site.

Maya Adventure
Highlights science activities and information related to ancient and modern Maya culture. Interactive 'Start Your Adventure' activity.
This fascinating site chronicles the history of the Mayflower and its journey to Cape Cod. It contains historical information on the "first" Thanksgiving, Pilgrim religious beliefs, and even criminal histories of some Pilgrims.

Odyssey Online
Explores ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Includes museum objects, puzzles, games, worksheets, more.

The Origins of Labor Day
Over 100 years ago, the first Labor Day was observed. This PBS web site explains how the holiday was born, and how it's celebrated today.

Plimoth Plantation
A living history museum set in 1627 where you can learn about how the Pilgrims lived, their voyage to the New World, the first Thanksgiving, and much more.

Pyramids - The Inside Story
Who built the Pyramids? How old are they? You can get answers to questions like these and explore the Pyramids of Egypt at this excellent PBS/NOVA site.

Selected Civil War Photographs
Photographs A historic time line of the American Civil War is illustrated by an outstanding collection of 1,118 photographs taken between 1861 and 1865.

The Seven Wonders of the World
Take a virtual tour of the seven wonders of the world and and learn about The Temple of Artemis, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Great Pyramid, The Lighthouse of Alexandria plus three others.

Triumph of the Nerds
Take a look at the history of computers and some of the "nerds" who contributed to their existence, play a game of "Guess the Computer" to see how much nerd potential you have, read the detailed transcripts from the TV program that this site is based on, and more.


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