Every moment has a story...sometimes we just have to dig a little to find it.


History is a collection of elements and stories that fit together into a narrative. The raw materials of history - those original elements, stories, documents, and objects which were created at the time being studied - are called primary sources.


  • What makes a primary source document valuable in the study of history?
  • How can we learn about an individual person by examining primary source documents connected with his or her life?


  • What did you learn about studying history through working on this project?
  • In what ways were you accurate in the conclusions you drew about your project partner?
  • In what ways were you inaccurate in the conclusions you drew about your project partner?
  • If you were inaccurate, where might your errors have developed?

While working in this wiki, please keep in mind some very important ideas.

  1. Whatever has been placed in the wiki was created by someone who worked very hard. Please be respectful of that work.
  2. You may add any relevant, important information but please don't take anything away. Any changes you wish to make can be changes added as an extra.
  3. Any work you add must be appropriate for school. If you are unsure as to whether something is appropriate, ask a teacher before adding it.
  4. Please keep copyright laws in mind at all times. If you take information or pictures from a source, be sure to properly cite the source. Give credit where credit is due.

United States Constitution/The National Archive
Abraham Lincoln/The Library of Congress, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, DN-0003451. Courtesy of the Chicago Historical Society
Coal Breaker Boys/The Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Detroit Publishing Company Collection
Wagon Train/The Library of Congress, Courtesy Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Archives, Salt Lake City, UT