History in Context (both U.S. and World History) and the History Reference Center databases with articles, primary source materials, maps, charts, and more. For African-American and African history be sure to have a look at the Oxford African American Studies Center. It includes articles, primary source documents, maps, charts, and timelines. We are also a partner on the Lincoln Park History Project to help find, document, and preserve the rich cultural heritage of one of Rockville's oldest African-American communities.
If you want to learn about the fascinating lives of people who made history try Biography in Context. It provides articles from reference books and periodicals and is great for both searching and browsing. Don't have a specific person in mind? You can also search by occupation, nationality, dates, and more. If you are looking for a book or e-book to read, or an audiobook to listen to, MCPL has many engaging biographies and memoirs. Ask your local librarian or our What Do I Check Out Next librarians for biographies or memoirs that you would enjoy.
Want to know what was reported on newsworthy historical events when they actually happened? Read articles from the Washington Post Historical going back as far as 1877. At the Rockville Memorial Library you can use their computers to access the New York Times Historical articles back to 1851. I know I have a sense of awe getting a chance to read the news and know what people living during that time actually read themselves.
HeritageQuest Online is a rich resource for genealogists, including Census and U.S. military records and over 25,000 full-text family and local histories. It includes PERSI, an index to genealogical magazines. Also included are helpful genealogy websites as well as sources to help you find obituaries and death notices.
American Song that covers U.S. history from Native Americans to the Civil Rights era. For a more classical bent try the Classical Music Library and the Classical Scores Library. Looking for some jazz? Try the Jazz Music Library.
We've got many engaging history books in print, e-book, and audiobook formats that are delightful as well as informative. Many of them are nonfiction that read like novels, but if you like to read fiction try a historical fiction book. These can be great at giving a taste of what the time period was like and some often have actual facts, or an event fictionalized, and interwoven into the story. Not sure where to get started? We've got suggestions!
- Kids can start with our historical fiction booklist that has engaging reads just for them.
- Teens should have a look at our nonfiction as well as our WWI and WWII booklists.
- Adults can find some good choices for history and historical fiction on our Librarian's Choice and We Recommend pages.
Explore history to learn about fascinating lives and extraordinary events at MCPL today!