We believe that history is a powerful tool for good. HistoryLink is dedicated to the principle that history belongs to the entire community, and that a better understanding of past events can improve public debate and decisions and enrich the lives of individuals. HistoryLink continues to promote and provide community-based historical research and education by steadily building and expanding HistoryLink.org, the free online encyclopedia of Washington state history.
HistoryLink content is produced by staff writers and historians, freelance writers and historians, community experts, and supervised volunteers. All articles (except anecdotal “People’s History” essays) are fully sourced and carefully edited before posting, and are updated or revised whenever new, verified information is provided by site visitors or from other sources. HistoryLink is NOT a “wikipedia”—site visitors cannot alter its content, and any suggested changes or additions are thoroughly researched before being adopted or rejected.
A Trusted Source for Teachers, Students, Researchers, Tourists, and Citizens
K-12 teachers and students represent approximately one-third of HistoryLink’s site traffic, and it is also used heavily by journalists, scholars, government and business researchers, tourists, and the general public.
History in Your Hand
Our mission is to pioneer innovative approaches to historical research, education, and publishing. Because HistoryLink.org was conceived and designed as a digital resource, our encyclopedia is adaptable to all the advances in information delivery, including mobile applications and location-based searches, making it possible to put history in the hands of everyone.
By combining state, city, and county funding with grants, private donations, and fee-for-service work, we have built a strong and diverse funding base. Since its launch, History Ink has raised more than $5 million through direct government appropriations, grants, gifts, sponsorships, publishing revenue, and project fees from both public and private sector clients.
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.