Heritage History FAQs

This set of FAQs answers general questions about the Heritage History website and library. We it will be updated to answer questions about the History Quest Quiz Game app soon.

Can I copy the books 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 download and use these resources. The Study resources are are proprietary. However, they are freely available for personal or educational use. If you use or copy material from one of our propriety pages, and use it publicly however, we ask that you credit "Heritage History" provide a links if appropriate.

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.

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 23th year of homeschooling. We have promoted Heritage History at several homeschool conventions in the past but have discontinued traveling and most advertising in order to have more time to focus on new projects and development. We can be reached at at infodesk @ heritage-history.com.

Does Heritage History have a blog? Twitter account? Facebook, etc?

Heritage History did have a blog about five years ago on which we posted book reviews and articles of special interest. We also had Twitter and Facebook accounts. Since we are not really into social media ourselves, we attempted to contract out our marketing obligations, but it didn't work well. We eventually decided that we needed to either take over social media ourselves and give it the attention it deserves, or just shut things down altogether. So we threw in the towel. Who knows? Maybe someday we'll give it another try. Stranger things have happened.

Is Heritage History a "Christian" website?

The proprietors of the website are Christian homeschoolers, but we are open to a variety of viewpoints regarding historical information. We publish books written by many different authors, some obviously Christian, a few obviously Catholic, and some of a somewhat progressive worldview. But even the 'liberals' of the early 20th century were respectful of Christianity and the accomplishments of Western Civilization so there is little in the Heritage Library that should be offensive to most Christian families.

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 modern parents seek to avoid were not much of a problem. Traditional children's histories are not necessarily perfect, but most are well written, age-appropriate, and respectful of Christian traditions.

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