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.


About our project

Welcome to

Gather Here: History for Young People

an imprint of Homeostasis Press

The history of the Pacific Northwest is rich and diverse, and there is a need for curriculum serving younger students.

Valerie Stein’s experience as a school librarian has highlighted the need for more history written for younger students. Conversations with teachers since the project launched in 2015 have identified specific needs in the classroom, and we’re working to fill those needs at Gather Here. 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

The high-quality eBook short works we offer for sale help to pay for site hosting and development of further resources for classroom use.

Gather Here's goal is to collect, craft and share Northwest regional history resources from diverse cultural perspectives that serve the needs of 8-13 year old students.

Through our work with educators, cultural representatives and historians, we aim to build a collection that helps young people to make connections between their own lives and the history of the Pacific Northwest region.




About our curriculum sets

Our articles and short stories are created for use in the educational setting, using Washington State History Standards as our guide.

These materials are downloadable in PDF format. Accessible documents available upon request. Hover over each item for the link to download or purchase.

Have a question, comment or suggestion? Reach out on our contact page.


Great Seattle Fire (free)  

Author Julie Artz. Explore the Seattle Underground and learn the history of the Great Seattle Fire.                                                               

Article Timeline

Seattle Playgrounds (free)

Author Mark Holtzen. Learn the history of playgrounds in the city of Seattle, and what city leaders thought it was important for residents to have places to gather with their families.

    Article           Timeline                         

George Washington Bush and African Americans in the Pacific NW (free)

Author David Turnoy. This set includes both a nonfiction article and a short story. Study read about George Washington Bush and then follow the adventures of some time traveling kids.

Article Timeline Fiction Glossary

Pacific Northwest Baseball (free)

Author Mark Holtzen. If you're a baseball fan, you'll want to read this article about the interesting and diverse history of the sport in the Pacific Northwest. Includes a rich collection of photographs.

Article Timeline

 Rise and Shine ($4.00)

Author Susan Frederick. Follow the story of Hope and Faith as they attend school while helping their parents run a large farm in Washington State in the 1930s.

Rise and Shine (purchase)     Study questions (free)    Timeline (free)        

 The Confluence Project: Maya Lin's Art Landscapes ($4.00)

Author Mark Holtzen shares his family’s own journey of discovery as they explore installations of The Confluence Project along part of the Lewis and Clark Trail. Follow their trek through Washington and Oregon to explore the current sites of artist Maya Lin’s interactive public art installations. Lin worked with local tribes to design these works celebrating the history, communities, and ecology of The Columbia River system.     

Confluence (purchase)         Study questions (free) Timeline (free)

Under the Quilt

Author Ann Haberlach Chenhall. Sisters Dorothy and Carolyn witness a frightening event as their father, Carl, is threatened with being run out of town simply for being a German during World War I. In this fictionalized story of a family story set in Tillamook, Oregon, the author raises the question of how history is recorded, and how we must examine our sources of information carefully in order to understand larger events.

Under the Quilt ($4.00) Study Questions (free) Glossary (free) Timeline (free)

Timber Town

Author Susan Frederick. When a group of kids finds a baby owl in the woods, they uncover tensions they had not realized existed in their community. With the help of their teacher, the students explore the history behind the controversy of the endangered spotted owl and the decline of the logging industry that had been the livelihood of many in the town for decades.

Timber Town ($4.00)  Study Questions (free)     Glossary (free)    Timeline (free)  

Further Resources (free)



We love to work with teachers to help put history into context for their students. As we find more opportunities to collaborate in these ways, we are excited to share some of the work that comes out of these experiences.

The collaborative novel can be a powerful teaching tool. See our blog post about this project. 

Soundview School's Collaborative Historical Novels

While the collaborative novels are written by students in upper grades (7th and 8th grades), much of the work we are able to do together is very easily adaptable for younger students. While it's a large undertaking, the learning students demonstrated after digging into historical events in order to tell a story set in a specific time period was remarkable. Hover over the title in bold to access the link to the novel.

** Note: If you need to access any of our files in a format other than PDF for accommodation, please feel free to reach out through our Contact page.

Class of 2019 Novel: The Day of the Verona

Students in the 8th grade class came up with their plot points and sent questions based on their story ideas to Everett Library Archivists before their field trip to sites of the Wobblies Massacre. When they spent research time at the library, their questions were answered in advance, which allowed us to spend more time on details of the historical period as they were integrated into the story. We have determined that spending the whole day on this field trip to the massacre site, other historical landmarks of note, and the library would be a very good use of time, since the archivists are so knowledgeable and there is so much information available about Labor Unions and the Wobblies Massacre at the Everett Library.

Class of 2017 Novel: Cops and Wobblies

This collaborative story is about Everett, Washington's Wobblies massacre of 1916.

Class of 2016 Novel: Bloody Sunday

This novella- length work is also set during the time of the Wobblies massacre.

Class of 2021 oral history play: Marvin and Jennie Hoover, This is Your Life

Written collaboratively as part of an oral history unit, this full-length play also includes songs composed by the students as well as stage and prop directions. This script is shared as it was used by the class to mount a production of the play as their final assessment of the Unit.