Historical Timelines and Artifacts
Historical Timelines Websites
TheHenryFord.org: This website has an admirable collection of events from 1750-1939. It has some international scope, but it pretty US centric.
Diversity Timeline: This PBS.org page provides "an overview of segregation and integration, cultural and gender diversity in American history, from the 1600s" through 1996, presented as a timeline. Part of the PBS series on firefighting, "Test of Courage."
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The Metropolitan Museum of Art provides an interesting background on the art that is featured at the Met.
The Leakey Foundation: This website features discoveries about early humans (anthropological etc) going back to 1840.
Library of Congress Timeline of Congressional Documents: Did you ever want to know what U.S. history looks like in documents? This is the place to go to view our history through documents generated by the U.S. Congress.
Library of Congress Immigration Timeline: From 1786 to 2001, this timeline shows the history of immigration for various ethnic groups.
London’s Explosive History: This NPR timeline features a history of London starting with World War I.
Timelines of History: This website contains timelines of historical events from the big bang to 2008. Events are listed by historical period, by day of the year, country, or U.S. State.
IPL Subject Lists: The Internet Public Library is a good tool for finding good, credible, free, online resources.
Historical Artifacts and Museum Websites
Smithsonian: Explore digital artifacts from the archives, collections, and exhibits of the dozens of museums that make up the Smithsonian Institute.
Library of Congress: Explore print, pictorial, and audio-visual collections from the U.S. Library of Congress.
U.S National Archives: Explore artifacts in the featured exhibits and collections from the U.S. National Archives.
Colonial America: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s website is a rich collection of resources and attractions of the world’s largest living-history museum that provides a window into the making of America.
Women’s History: National Women’s History Museum “affirms the value of knowing Women’s History, illuminates the role of women in transforming society…” and “researches, collects, and exhibits the contributions of women to the social, cultural, economic, and political life of our nation in a context of world history.”
Immigration: The Tenement Museum “preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side” [New York].
Central Intelligence Agency: The CIA Museum virtual tour allows visitors to view their small collection of artifacts including “…clothing, equipment, weapons, insignia, and other memorabilia that serve as tangible testimony to the Agency’s history. Many of the objects the museum holds were designed, manufactured, and used specifically for intelligence operations.”
National Security Agency: The NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum contains a collection of artifacts that “introduce students to the secret world of codes and ciphers.”
British National Archives: Explore artifacts - exhibits, treasures, and collections - from the British National Archives. A nicely done website that is easy to browse including by various themes such as Britain and America.
Internet Archive: The Internet Archive’s purposes is to offer permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. The collection includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages.
Museum Virtual Tours
Museum of Natural History: Visit this link for a really cool virtual tour! Amazing!
Museo Galileo: Focusing on the history of science, their online catalog features a large collection of images and videos of artifacts. “The user can access biographical data, explore "In Depth" information, and find contextual background related to the selected object.” Click on the “VISIT THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM” link in the center of the page to start your exploration.
Tenement Museum Virtual Tour: Walk through 97 Orchard Street of the Lower East Side. The building was one of thousands of tenements that sprouted up in NY to accommodate the flood of immigrants into Manhattan in the 19th century.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Their online exibitions present artifacts representing the ideals and issues surrounding the German Holocaust.
Analyzing Artifacts Tutorial
Analyzing Artifacts: This helpful tutorial guides you through the process of analyzing historical artifacts including examining the artifact, recognizing significant information, and considering what it reveals about the past.