HistoryLink, more than an encyclopedia
Though the primary mission of HistoryLink is to produce HistoryLink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history, our mission also charges us with pioneering innovative approaches to historical research, education, and publishing.
HistoryLink offers historical research and publishing services for organizations with upcoming anniversaries. The services provided by HistoryLink include counseling organizations on historical research strategies, conducting historical background and photo research for an organization’s own use, research, design, and publish historical books, and design historical displays for anniversary events.
The types of articles commonly produced by and posted on HistoryLink.org include the following:
- Feature Article: A feature article is an essay of up to 4,000 words. These articles tell the stories of people, places, events, and organizations. In addition to the feature article a second entry based on a significant date related to the topic will be entered into our Timeline. These briefer articles are organized by date and become part of our chronology of Washington state history, which provides a sense of how the event relates to other things happening across the state.
- Interactive Tour: Interactive tours are mapbased essays that, for example, guide a reader through a city or neighborhood, or along the course of a trail or river.
- Slide Show: Most HistoryLink articles are accompanied by photographs, but slide shows use many more photos to illustrate subjects that are best explained visually. One good example is the slide show history of the Bicycle Tree in Snohomish County
HistoryLink pursues a multimedia approach to historical education and information delivery. A partial list of HistoryLink books are:
Waterway: The Story of Seattle's Locks and Ship Canal
David B. Williams, Jennifer Ott & the HistoryLink Staff (2017, HistoryLink and Documentary Media)
The Future Remembered: The 1962 Seattle World’s Fair and Its Legacy
Paula Becker, Alan J. Stein & The HistoryLink Staff (2011 HistoryLink and Seattle Center Foundation)
Power for the People: A History of Seattle City Light
David Wilma, Walt Crowley and the HistoryLink Staff (2010 HistoryLink with UW Press)
Hope on a Hill: the First Century of Seattle’s Children’s Hospital (2010, HistoryLink for Seattle Children’s)
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Washington’s First World’s Fair (2009, HistoryLink)
The Fairmont: The Story of a San Francisco Landmark (2006, for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts)
Moving Washington Timeline: The First Century of the Washington State Department of Transportation, 1905-2005 (2005, WSDOT with UW Press)
The Olympic: The Story of Seattle’s Landmark Hotel (2005, Fairmont Hotels with UW Press)
Service with a Smile: The First 50 Years of the Washington Dental Service (2004, WDS)
Bellevue Timeline, 1863-2003 (2004, City of Bellevue with UW Press)
Seattle & King County Timeline, 1851-2001 (2001 and 2002, with UW Press)
Safe Passage: The Birth of Washington State Ferries, 1951-2001 (2001, WSF)
The Story of Union Station in Seattle (1999, for Sound Transit) The War Years: A Chronicle of Washington State in World War II (2000 in association with the University of Washington Press)
HistoryLink is available to research, design, and produce historical displays for institutions with upcoming anniversaries or special events.
Organizations with upcoming anniversaries can take advantage of our resource of over 40 staff and contributing historians, and more than a decade focusing on Washington State history. Our involvement can range from consultation on historical research strategies to conducting background and photo research.
For those working on mitigation projects, please download the following pdf that explains our procedure and requirements in detail:
For more infomation on how HistoryLink can help you discover and share your history contact us at:
93 Pike Street, Suite 315B
Seattle, WA 98101