Welcome to the first and largest encyclopedia of community history created expressly for the Internet. HistoryLink.org is an evolving online encyclopedia of Washington state and local history. It provides a free, authoritative, and easily accessible history reference for the benefit of students, teachers, journalists, scholars, researchers, and the general public. With a few noted exceptions, all essays and features on this site are original works prepared exclusively for HistoryLink.org by staff historians, contract writers, volunteers, and consulting experts. All essays and features are vetted by professional staff.
HistoryLink.org has grown to serve the entire state with more than 7,000 original, sourced essays as of February 2016. It now serves an average of 5,000 visitors a day -- one third of whom are K-12 teachers and students.
The site debuted with demonstration content on May 1, 1998. Like the communities and state it chronicles, HistoryLink.org is a work in progress. We add new features and essays continuously to fill gaps and enlarge on selected subjects, and existing essays are often expanded or corrected to reflect new information.
We welcome your comments and suggestions submitted via the feedback form on the Contact page.
The encyclopedia has three libraries:
- Features (overview essays)
- Timeline Entries (events keyed to specific dates)
- People’s Histories (reminiscences, documents, older historical accounts, and interpretations)
We encourage citizens to inquire about adding their own stories to our People's History library through the Contact page.
HistoryLink.org is produced by HistoryLink, a 501(c)(3), a non-profit tax-exempt corporation guided by a distinguished board of scholars, educators, and community leaders.
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, and its verbal and visual content may be reproduced for personal use with proper citation and credit. Permission is also granted for reproduction of HistoryLink.org content for scholarly papers, reviews, news stories, and educational uses with proper credit to History Ink and any noted additional copyright holders (see below). Reproduction of HistoryLink.org verbal or visual content by any means for sale or commercial purposes is prohibited without advance written permission from HistoryLink.
Please note that images on HistoryLink.org are posted at low resolution sufficient to illustrate its files and to protect the rights of the owners. HistoryLink does not maintain an archive of high-resolution imagery for public use or reproduction. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the sources noted in the captions.
Citation of HistoryLink Content
With a few exceptions, HistoryLink essays are fully sourced, bylined, and dated to provide authoritative references for legal, journalistic, and scholastic use. Different stylebooks, mainly the Chicago Manual of Style, the MLA Style Manual, and the Associated Press Stylebook, have different citation styles. For most purposes, we recommend using the following format (shown with a sample essay) to cite HistoryLink.org: Formal name of the encyclopedia, “Name of the essay” (author’s name), link to encyclopedia (date accessed).
HistoryLink.org Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History, "President Franklin Roosevelt tours the Olympic Peninsula on October 1, 1937" (by Kit Oldham), http://www.historylink.org/ (accessed November 3, 2004).