Middle Grade History

Gather Here Seeks Submissions

Gather Here: History for Young People seeks submission of pitches for articles and short stories. Our collection serves educators teaching Pacific Northwest regional history to students ages 8-12.

Current needs are for articles covering County history, lesser-known events in the Pacific Northwest, and work by those whose perspectives challenge widely held assumptions about the significance of historical events in our area.

Each pitch should include:

Historical time period, event, group, or person covered, and reasons for your interest in the topic.

Expected length of your piece.

Prior work in the area of regional history, if applicable.

Works of nonfiction can range from 500 to 1000 words. Photos with documented permissions are always welcome.

Works of fiction no longer than 2000 words are most appropriate, but we are open to a variety of formats and styles.

Payment depending upon length and format. Address inquiries to Valerie Stein at books@homeostasispress.com.

Before submitting, please visit our page, look at our content, and see if our project is a fit for you.

Everett Massacre Centennial Commemorated

We published a post in the spring about a teacher whose students wrote collaborative novels inspired by their study about the Everett Massacre. The first of those novels is nearly ready to post here on the site, and we are very excited to share.

We apologize for not getting the full schedule posted earlier, but we wanted to let you know about some event surrounding the commemoration of the Centennial  of the Everett Massacre. We're planning to attend some of these events, and we'd love to know if you might be able to make it, too.

Here is the link to the full listing of events from tomorrow onward. There are film screenings, interviews and art presentations commemorating the events surrounding the massacre.  

Saturday's presentationfrom 1-4  includes a talk by artist Deb Fox, the creator of The Everett Massacre: A Graphic Novel. Also featured is Fred Bird of the Labor Press Project at the University of Washington. 

Sunday's documentary film, Cuts, also airing at 1 p.m., documents the lives of shingle weavers, and is followed by the reflections of a real-life shingle sawyer. 

The Main Branch of the Everett Library is located at 2702 Hoyt, Everett, WA 98201.

Other events are held at the Evergreen Branch of the Everett Library, located at 9512 Evergreen Way, Everett, WA 98204.


More resources added

We've added two new resources to our Resource page. There you can check out offerings like the Speakers' Bureau listings from the Puget Sound Navy Museum, or Story Programs from the Nordic Heritage Museum. Both of these community resources have been very helpful in some recent research we've been doing about maritime history in the Puget Sound. 

We're gathering additional materials useful for researching Native American history, which we will be adding soon. 

Remember, you can always ask us to add resources you use and wish to share by using our Contact page to reach out to us.  

Maps (and other images) Galore!

While working on bringing some more visual content to the site, we've been digging around in maps archives.

We'll be adding some map and image resources to our Resource page soon, but for now, you can check out the wonderful Public Domain maps in the Washington State University Digital Collections. 

Of course our favorites are the Early Washington maps, but there are many images to explore here, and the search feature is easy to use, with good relevance. 

Some patience might be needed for younger students following through the albums, but with assistance they should be able to find and easily cite materials.

History Mystery Update!

In our History Mystery postI shared photos and thoughts about a boat I saw in our local boatyard, then posed questions about where our readers might look for answers about the boat's history online, as an exercise in research.

My own next step was to head to the local marina office which manages the yard where the boat was stored to look for answers. Before I got a chance, an article appeared in the Port of Everett’s marina newsletter, and our mystery was solved.

The Pt. Defiance is a 60 foot wooden-hulled purse seiner, built 100 years ago. It sank here at the Port of Everett in October, 2014. Following the story further, I found connection to our very first blog post, History in Your Neighborhood, highlighting the Everett waterfront's history.

Visit the Historic Everett waterfront site for more information about the vibrant lumber, commercial fishing, and boatbuilding history of Everett, Washington, including the history of the Pt. Defiance and her captains, Vince and Butch Barcott.

You can also find an overview and timeline of each of these industries on the site.
Check it out!