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Gather Here:History for young people

 

Gather Here is a place to collect, create and share  Northwest regional history resources serving the needs of 3rd-5th grade students. An imprint of Homeostasis Press.

 

Goal & Mission

Gather Here's goal is to collect, craft and share Northwest regional history resources serving the needs of 8-12 year old students.

Our mission is to give voice to diverse cultural perspectives through exploration of themes in Pacific Northwest history.

Through our work with educators, cultural representatives and historians, we aim to build a collection that can be of use to teachers, museums and others in helping young people to make connections between their own lives and the history of the Pacific Northwest region.

 

 

About our project

The history of the Pacific Northwest is rich and diverse. While there are works available for middle and high school students, fewer authors write regional history for younger grades.

 

Valerie Stein began work on a concept in 2013 exploring some lesser-known pieces of history with the plan to tell those stories through the eyes of the children of each time period covered. Her own experience as a school librarian and her conversations with teachers highlighted the need for more history written for younger students. Valerie's dream, when she started her own research and writing, was to publish a series of works which teachers could use in a variety of ways in the classroom, in the form of books, nonfiction articles,short stories, and other resources. Mackey, one of Valerie's graduates, expresses his own needs as a student:

"I wish a tool like Gather Here had existed during my history education in elementary and middle school. Though we did have some research direction in class, most of my "take-aways" from history lessons were corroborated from a variety of difficult-to-locate sources. If there had existed a unified resource, or "treasure trove" of links, historical fiction and other relevant information, it would have been much easier to carry out research."  - Mackey G., Edmonds, Washington

At 2015's annual Librarian panel at the Western Washington Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators meeting, the discussion centered around the holes in writing on state history, and the librarians’ difficulty in helping their younger patrons find relevant, engaging materials for their research needs.

This discussion connected Valerie with other SCBWI authors. A common goal was realized: we’ve created a publishing platform for works covering topics of Pacific Northwest history serving the needs of middle grade students and their teachers.


Welcome to

Gather Here, History for Young Readers

 an imprint of Homeostasis Press

 

 
Valerie Stein

Valerie Stein

Mark Holtzen

Mark Holtzen

Julie Artz

Julie Artz

Who we are

Valerie Stein is publisher at Homeostasis Press. Her first book, The Best of It: A Journal of Life, Love and Dying, was published in 2009. Both her current novel (due out next year)  and a new middle grade mystery are historical fiction set in Washington State. Valerie and her husband live near the Salish Sea in a house surrounded by cedar trees. Valerie studied archaeology and historic architecture in college, and is delighted to combine to her love of history with writing for young people. A retired school librarian, she helps out at The Mixed Up Files of Middle Grade Authors, and shares with her readers on her own blog, The Best of It. Her first YA short story is in the Summer 2015 issue of “The Soundings Review.” Find her on Twitter @stein_valerie, and at the Homeostasis Press Page on Facebook

Mark Holtzen is an educator and writer based in Seattle. Involved in elementary classrooms for almost two decades, he has an interest in bringing a wide variety of compelling stories to kids. One such is his “Kirkus Best of 2012” debut, The Pig War. Some of his stories are told through regional history as a way to demonstrate our constant need for community, and he remembers his own first realization that history was more than black and white photographs. Mark is fascinated by the compelling characters yet to be discovered, no matter what the time period. He looks forward to digging up even more loudmouths, unsung heroes, doers and underdogs--whether they be from his mind or from our rich Northwest history. You can visit Mark's website here. Mark also shares on Twitter @holtzymook and on his blog, Milk Jug.

Julie Artz lives in Redmond, Washington with her husband, two young children, and two rambunctious kitties. She writes stories for children that feature the natural world, folklore, mythology, history, and all that is magical about those things. Since her first work-study job critiquing resumes and proofreading papers at DePauw University, she's made her living with the written word. In a career spanning two decades, she's written everything from computer manuals to training materials, from press releases and marketing copy to gardening articles. Now, in addition to her creative writing, she shares about travel, gardening, reading, and writing on her blog, TerminalVerbosity, and contributes regularly to From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors. Julie also shares with readers on Twitter @juliartz.

 

Guest authors:

David Turnoy taught elementary school in the Portland, Oregon, area for two decades, specializing in bringing American history to his fifth graders in an accessible format. He has published American Tales: Stories of America’s Past for the Young People of Today, which can be found at www.americantales.net. The book is a hybrid of fiction [a small class of students travels back in time to various important events from the time of explorers through Reconstruction and meets a child their own age to guide them] and nonfiction [the history of this time period is told from the point of view of the common people and victims of the powerful elites].  He plans to write two more volumes in this series.  David now lives with his wife and two cats on Orcas Island, where he volunteers and substitutes at the local elementary school and also tutors and mentors other children.

 

Resources

This list of resources continues to grow. Looking for something or have a favorite resource yourself? You can suggest new items for us to include by alerting us through our contact page.

 

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog

Many of the images here are in the Public Domain. Though not all images can be used without permissions, you can read the guidelines listed with each image to learn more.

You can search the site for topics in search box near the top of the page.

 

Everett Public Library

The Public Library in Everett, Washington has a wonderful Northwest History collection. Here is the link to their digital collection, where you can find out more about topics in local history. If you need to know more, you can contact the library’s History Specialists and get help researching your topic.

 

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

You can access the page for a wide variety of types of information. Here is a link to get you started with lesson plans. This link is to an interesting series of podcasts called “Tapestry of the Times,” which the site describes as “... tours through the wide-ranging sound archives of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Real music, real people, and the stories behind the sounds.”

 

The New York Public Library Digital Collections Page

Need maps or other images from the past? The New York Public Library released over 20,000 maps to the public in 2014. This article contains the link to the Digital Collection Page, but also connects you to other tools and resources associated with the collection.

 

Indian-Ed.org - Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State

The lesson plans and other resources are part of Washington State's new initiative, bringing Tribal history to public school classrooms. The Curriculum Page is newly updated to include lessons about both Washington state and US history at primary and secondary levels. The Resource Page includes tutorials and other useful information. 

 

MOHAI (Museum of History and Industry)

Seattle's Museum of History and Industry offers a wide range of exhibits, services and events. It is a great place for folks of all ages. The Learn page is a good place to find out more about educational programs, but you can also search the photo or research archives and visit the online exhibits through links on the site.

 

The Burke Museum

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the oldest public museum in Washington State. Their focus falls into three areas: education, research, and cultural heritage, and theircollection of artifacts serves a wide variety of patrons, from school age chidlren to researchers around the world. If you're a classroom teacher in Washington State and you're too far away to visit the museum on the University of Washington campus, the Burke Museum's travelling services might be just right for you. You can rent a Burke Box or arrange for the BurkeMobile to come to your school.

 

The Northwest African American Museum

The Northwest AFrican American Museum offers learning opportunities especially through engagement with programming centered around its exhibits. They offer hands-on workshops for students K-5 and Youth Curator programs for older students. Order a Story Trunk for your classroom, or visit the Curriculum page for free teaching materials. Check out the links to other museums and resources, like BlackPast.org, on the Web Resources page. 

 

The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park  - Seattle Unit

The Klondike Gold Rush museum is part of a National Park that includes not only the Seattle Unit, but sites in Alaska as well. The Park itself hosts regular programs for the public only in summer, but you can reserve and education visit during the school year.Connect through the Klondike link to The National Parks Service website, which is extensive and takes visitors to more links than can be listed here. Start on the Teachers page for links to the types of educational materials available through the National Parks Service, including Teaching with Historical Places for students grades 5-12, and online archaeology activities for middle grade students.

 

The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

In addition to Family Day and Teen programs, there is a monthly story theater for all ages. Go to the Educator's page to find out about all the resources available for teachers.

There are not only curriculum boxes available to rent for your classroom, but the museum offers Educator Special Previews, designed to allow you to take a guided tour of exhibits prior to your group’s visit in order to tailor the experience to your needs. Booking a speaker from the Speakers Bureau to appear during your group’s tour can further enhance your visit.

 

El Centro de la Raza

El Centro de la Raza provides a different sort of resource than most of the links shared here, but their mission and practice are very important in our community and in our history. You can find out about the center on their extensive website, and even sign up for a breakfast tour to find out more about what the program and vision are about. 

We’re honored to have been given the opportunity to share images of the murals gracing the walls of the center, along with their historical background and symbolism here. We’re working on adding this piece to our resources soon. In the meantime, here is a link to Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Comunidad, a video project funded by 4Culture to share El Centro de la Raza's history.

 

Nordic Heritage Museum

As with many local museums, you can borrow an Outreach Trunk for your classroom. Each trunk includes a listing of the Washington State EALRs addressed in its contents.  Visit the museum for a guided tour, or take a self-guided tour with your class, and go on a scavenger hunt. Download teacher packets here, too. Music, dance and Nordic story programs are some of the other activities provided by the museum. 

 

Puget Sound Navy Museum

Visit the Puget Sound Navy museum for a variety of educational activities, including a wide range of opportunities for Scout troops in addition to families and teachers bringing classes. Check out the Navy STEM Days or other items in this listing, which include pre-and post-visit activities, as well as scavenger hunts and others related to the Navy Museum. You can book someone from the Speakers’ Bureau  for your group, or email an archivist on staff by using the Contact Page for answers to your maritime research questions (we've done this, and the folks there are very helpful!). They have research materials on site by arrangement, as well. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles

About our articles

This project is designed to fill an identified need for Pacific Northwest history materials, with students ages 8- 12 and their teachers as its primary audience.

We feature an extensive Resource list, with new links added regularly. We share the latest in news about historical topics on the blog, and are working to make the kid-oriented blog posts available as printable pages.

Our articles are created for use in your educational setting, whether it be a traditional classroom, a library or summer program, or as part of a museum’s educational outreach.

We currently offer a selection of free articles and stories for you to share with your students. Each piece varies in length and design, and may include different elements, such as photos or a glossary. All include a timeline, study questions, and a list of reading for further exploration.

For Educators

In order to make these offerings as useful as possible, we need to know what works best for you! Please use the materials. Project them, print them, and try them out on your students. We are seeking specific feedback about topic complexity, article length, layout and formatting.

What article length best fits your curriculum use?

Is the line spacing friendly to the readers in your group?

Are the topics engaging?

What else would you like us to consider as we create future pieces?

Please share your feedback on our Contact page. In future, will be sharing a survey to ask for your input on other topics you'd like to see covered.

Great Seattle Fire Collection                                                                  

Article           Timeline 

Seattle Playgrounds Collection

    Article           Timeline                         

George Washington Bush and African Americans in the Pacific NW Collection

Article          Timeline          Fiction         Glossary

Pacific Northwest Baseball Collection

Article          Timeline

For Authors

We need your help, too!  A team of writers has created the first articles and posts for the site in order to give educators a taste of what we hope to offer, and to refine our structure.

While we are providing a selection free of charge, we are at work on a paid subscription model for the future.

Ultimately, Gather Here will become an imprint of Homeostasis Press, and we plan to publish collections of articles as well as book-length works of historical fiction for young people.

We urge you to look around the site, learn what we're about, and consider pitching an idea for a future article or short story.

 

While we're still at work on the pay structure, authors will be paid for all future submissions, and we are exploring grant and partnership opportunities that will enable us to build the resource into a place for educators and authors to share the stories of our region and fill a critical need.