Modern education has not given us men who write better epitaphs or men who build better houses. It has given us men who are afraid to write epitaphs and leave it to the vicar. It has given us men who are afraid to build houses and leave it to the architect. — G. K. Chesterton

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?

Yes. Almost every book on the website is available in both printable and e-Reader format. We encourage people to use prepared versions 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.

The information on most other Heritage History pages is proprietary. We created much of it ourselves but also used public domain sources in some cases. If you use or copy material from one of our propriety pages, you should credit "Heritage History" as the author and provide a link as a reference.

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

Although we encourage students and teachers to use the resources on Heritage History for their personal use (including teaching), we request that no material from the Heritage History website 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 @ 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.

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 @

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 grown into a substantial source of historical information for homeschoolers. We reside in a small town in the Northwest and recently completed our 19th year of homeschooling. We have promoted Heritage History at several homeschool conventions in the past but have decided to discontinue traveling and advertising in order to have more time to focus on new projects and development. We can be reached at at infodesk @

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.

How do you select books for the Heritage History Library?

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 criteria for selecting books, but our priorities are subject to many factors including classes we are currently teaching, curiosity, and special requests. 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 be organized as a textbook; it must be on an interesting subject matter, and it must be in an area that we do not already have an abundance of books.

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

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 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 histories. The emphasis that Heritage History places on young people's history is unique among internet libraries.