Welcome to History Forge!

History Forge provides resources to teachers, students, historians, and anyone else who wish to research and create historical projects. The focus is to provide tools and information that will help with the analysis of historical documents and the teaching of historical research. Explore the sections on historical research, teaching with primary sources, and the blog to access tools and information.

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Hello, my name is Taylor Hamblin and I created History Forge. I am a teacher, traveler, and historian. Teaching provides me with many opportunities to engage with young minds, travel, and explore how history can be beneficial to local communities and the world. History is the great connector. Human beings have a shared past, one that is filled with compassion, compromise, and conflict. Throughout my time as a history teacher, I have found that many of my students do not see the benefits of learning how to “do history.” My goal is to show my students and other teachers that history is not dates and facts, but in fact, we make history.
The name “history forge” came from the belief that history is created. Much like a metal, history is a difficult object to manipulate. Historians and people hammer away at primary sources, historical interpretations, and varied perspectives in order to create a shape that we desire. From the fire of our own desires, we create something to be presented to society. History is a tool, one which we must use responsibly. History posseses many biases, perspectives, and methods. Despite the variety, a universal truth exists; learning how to do history shapes the mind to be flexible, be open minded to different opinions, and to become a better social citizen.



Teaching The Process of Historical Thinking

For years I have heard how learning history prepares students for a variety of jobs and tasks that require critical thinking, creativity, and an organized mind, and it is true! Learning the methods of historians does prepare people to become curators of information, critical thinkers, and excellent presenters. Yet, why do students believe history is …

Historical Research

This page is dedicated to a vlog series that describes how to operate a standard U.S. History classroom, while students complete large Project Based Learning Assignments. Videos will be posted every Monday.

History Forge is constantly improving, consistently adding content each week.

Week 1-Finding Student Passions and Explaining Year Long Project Based Learning

Week 2-How to Survey History?

Week 3-How to Find Secondary Sources?

Week 4-How to Create Bibliographies?

Week 5-How to Find Scholarly Secondary Sources and Rekindle Student Interest?

Week 6-How to Create An Online Note Taking System and Connect Topics to Historical Themes

Teaching with Primary Sources

History Forge organizes numerous categories of primary sources. Teachers will find lessons that will assist in teaching students how to analyze and utilize primary sources.