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Heritage History FAQs

This set of FAQs answers general questions about the Heritage History website and library. For questions relating to the online Academy see see the Academy FAQs.

Can I copy the stories on Heritage History for my personal use?

Almost every book on the website is available in both printable and e-Reader format from the History Store for a very low price. We request that you use our e-Books, rather than copy the text from the website. Before we had e-Books available, our policy was to allow individuals to copy our texts for personal or educational use, under restricted conditions. However, now that e-Books are available we encourage people to use them rather than copy text from the website. Our e-Books have been carefully converted so that images and unusual formatting are properly preserved so they are superior to do-it-yourself versions. Also, by restricting copying privileges we are better able to prevent altered or plagiarized versions of our texts from being distributed.

When you purchase a Heritage History e-Book, you receive a printable PDF version as well as two different e-Reader versions. This means you use your e-Book on any e-Reader, or print it on any printer. Our Electronic Text User Guide even provides instructions for downloading free e-Reader software that can simulate an attractive e-Reader interface on any computer.

Can I get permission to republish Heritage History images or stories?

No material from the Heritage History website may be republished without explicit permission obtained in advance. Before requesting permission to use Heritage History images or stories, please familiarize yourself with our Terms and Conditions of use. You may then contact us at infodesk @ heritage-history.com in order to make a specific request. Every request for use must be explicitly itemized; that is, the text or image that you would like to use must be specified in your request. No open-ended permissions will be granted.

Do you have high resolution versions of your images available?

We have high resolution, 300 bpi versions of most of the images on the Heritage History website available. You may request access to high resolution versions of our images by contacting us at infodesk @ heritage-history.com. A small donation may be requested from for-profit enterprises.

Why are the book links of three different colors?

All of the books we have on our website are rated as one of three reading levels Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced.

Most of the Introductory histories in the Heritage History library are written at a "chapter-book" level, so they assume a reading competency at about the fourth grade level. They are appropriate for read-aloud for younger grammar school students and can also be read independently by novice readers. Most are short in length but they are engaging enough to hold the interest of older students. We recommend our Intermediate histories for middle school students and older. Most assume no prior knowledge of their subjects, but are longer and more detailed than the introductory selections. Our Advanced selections are accessible to college-prep high schoolers or moderately sophisticated adults. Even our most Advanced histories, however, are not analytical and are accessible to anyone with an interest in the subject.

Who are the proprietors of Heritage History?

Heritage History was started by a homeschool family with some experience in computers, and a large home library of classical children's histories. It began as a hobby and has transitioned into a small home-based curriculum business. David is a native of Norristown PA, an Eagles fan, and he eats scrapple. Teresa grew up in West Seattle when it was a rainy, working-class neighborhood, but left home before it became a yuppie paradise. We met in Silicon Valley but bolted from California in 1996 and now reside in a small town in the Northwest rockies. We have been homeschooling our five children for 17 years.

Teresa is the content editor of the websites and focuses on books and study guides. When he isn't playing tennis or working with power tools, Dave maintains the website and business side of the enterprise. If you have more questions, we can be reached at infodesk @ heritage-history.com.

Does Heritage History have a blog?

Heritage History was slow to get on the blogging bandwagon, but we finally have an active blog. The primary purpose of the Heritage blog is to do book reviews. We rarely discuss issues unrelated to classical children's history and homeschooling. Eventually, we plan to move most of the "irregular" information on the Heritage website, such as author biographies, commentaries, conference schedules, and curriculum updates, to the blog. We hope that this will provide a more useful forum to homeschoolers and history lovers.


Is Heritage History a "Christian" website?

All the books in the Heritage Library were written before 1923, during an era when virtually all children's books were respectful of Christianity and the accomplishments of Western Civilization. There is nothing that should be offensive to most Christian parents, although very few of our books are written from an explicitly Biblical perspective.

Because our books were written during an era when anti-Christian and anti-western distortions were not evident in most children's books, the biases that many modern parents seek to avoid were not much of a problem. We screen books for quality of writing and often reject books for being poorly written, but we have seldom had to screen a book for being anti-Christian because such books were very uncommon. You can learn more about the viewpoint associated with most of the traditional histories in our collection at the Heritage Blog Worldview page.

How do you select books for the Heritage History Library?

This is a complicated question to answer. Our home library contains over 2000 classical history books written for juveniles or a general audience, but not all of these books are of the same quality and relevance. We do have a set of selection criteria, but the priority we place on doing particular books is subject to whim as well as rational consideration. Curiosity, special requests, and happenstance account for a considerable portion of our current entries, and probably will so in the future.

In terms of our official selection criteria, a book must be published before 1923; it must be written for young people or the general public and may not include any technical jargon; it must be on an interesting subject matter, and in an area that we do not already have an abundance of books. A more complete description of our selection criteria can be found here.

In terms of world view, we do not publish books that denigrate Christian values or traditional morality, (such books were very rare in the pre-1923 time period), but we do publish books written from both Catholic and Protestant perspectives, and from a variety of early 20th century viewpoints.

Are there any offensive books or images in the Heritage History collection?

It is impossible to know for certain what some people may find offensive, but one of the advantages of studying older children's books is that they were virtually all written with much discretion and in good taste. Almost all of the books in the Heritage collection are non-controversial, but some do include a few minor references to anti-Catholic, pro-Imperial, or Whiggish ideas that may rub some people the wrong way. Others include stories of pagan Gods and heroes which are distasteful to some Christians. The controversial issue of "natural history" vs. "Biblical history" does not arise since all of the books in the library are based on authoritative histories rather than archeological speculation. In terms of lurid, prurient, or anti-Christian content however, there is none. All of the books in the collection are entirely G-rated.

How is the Heritage History website related to the Baldwin Project?

Between 2004 until 2008, the proprietors of Heritage History worked closely with the Baldwin Online Children's Literature Project, contributing over 250 books, mostly related to history. As our collection grew we decided that the additional features that we would like to develop would be impossible to support on the Baldwin Project website. Also, we were specifically interested in promoting classical history books for all ages, rather than only "children's" literature. Heritage History still has access to about 100 books that were originally developed by Baldwin Project volunteers, and the Baldwin Project still has access to over 200 history books that were put on line by Heritage volunteers before March 2008.

Aren't most of these books already available on Gutenberg.org?

No. Almost all of the books on the Heritage website were digitized by volunteers associated with Heritage History and/or the Baldwin Project. To the best of our knowledge, less than 80 of over 500 books on the Heritage History site are available on Gutenberg.org or in digitized form, anywhere else on the web. Gutenberg has many excellent books, but does not emphasize children's history. Even websites such as Google Books and the Internet Archive, which provide scanned texts rather than digitized and edited e-Books, work primarily from University libraries and do not include many children's nfoesKsK">
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