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U.S. States Information & History


  • Explore Pennsylvania History provides users with three principal entry points: “Stories from PA History,” “Visit PA Regions,” and “Teach PA History.” “Stories from PA History” includes histories built around state historical markers. “Teach PA History” includes elementary, middle, and high school lesson plans for teachers of Pennsylvania and American history. “Visit PA Regions” provides useful information for those who are interested in visiting historic sites associated with ExplorePAhistory stories; it includes sample itineraries and directions to local points of interest, hotels, restaurants, and more.

United States


State Resources

  • Alabama: Encyclopedia of Alabama
    The Encyclopedia of Alabama is a comprehensive source of information on the state's history, culture, geography, and environment. Its many collaborators include the University of Alabama Press and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
  • Arkansas: Encyclopedia of Arkansas
    The Encyclopedia of Arkansas is a free, authoritative source of information about the rich history, geography, and culture of Arkansas. It is a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System.
  • Georgia: The New Georgia Encyclopedia
    The New Georgia Encyclopedia is an authoritative source on the people, places, events, and institutions of Georgia. The site contains nearly 2,000 articles and more than 5,000 images and audio and video clips on the history, culture, and life of the state. From the Georgia Humanities Council and the University of Georgia Press.
  • Iowa Public Television
    IPTV offers online videos of some of their local television programs such as The Iowa State Fair, Best of the Midwest, Best of Iowa. Good for traveling.
  • Kansas: Kansapedia
    This online encyclopedia of Kansas history comes from the Kansas Historical Society. Browse by people, place, theme, and race and ethnicity.
  • Nebraska Studies is a resource for teacher, students and adults interested in Nebraska, its history, geography, culture and people. It features lesson plans, video, and primary source historical documents.
  • Ohio Historical Society
    Includes various online exhibits, a guide to historical places maintained by the society, and their scholarly journal, Ohio History.
  • Oklahoma Historical Society: Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture
    The Encyclopedia contains articles written by leading scholars in the field and is published by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
  • Oklahoma Today Digital Library
    Oklahoma State University has made the past 50 years of Oklahoma Today magazine available online.
  • Oregon Encyclopedia Project
    The Oregon Encyclopedia is an authoritative compendium of information on Oregon people, places, events, and institutions. Its sponsors include Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society.
  • Pennsylvania: Explore Pennsylvania History is your guide to Pennsylvania's rich tapestry of historic events, people and locations - as identified by the Commonwealth's Historical Markers Program.
  • Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture
    The on-line edition of the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture is a joint project of the Tennessee Historical Society and the University of Tennessee Press. This fully searchable version of the print edition, originally published in 1998, contains over 1,500 entries. The online version has updates to existing entries, new entries, more than five hundred additional images, plus audio and video files.
  • Texas State Historical Association
    A digital gateway to Texas history that includes the Handbook of Texas.
    • Handbook of Texas
      The Handbook of Texas Online is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association and the General Libraries at University of Texas, Austin.
  • Washington State: History Link
    The online encyclopedia of Washington State history from History Ink, a Washington non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation established in 1997 to undertake innovative approaches to historical research, education, and publishing.
  • West Virginia Division of Culture and History
    Includes the West Virginia History Journal, a great resource for local research.
  • Wisconsin: Dictionary of Wisconsin History
    From the Wisconsin Historical Society