February Pathfinders: American Heritage and Black History Month

February is American Heritage month and also Black History month. It seems appropriate (and fun) to do the two of them together for this month’s pathfinder. Along with that we will offer you some resources for you to find the history of your own family.


This site has a collection of 14000 historical artifacts, and 4000 historic areas. Try it out at:


There is also an American Heritage Education Foundation that provides several links to educational sources.


This is a great site for celebrating Native Americans:


Image from:  cityofpeekskill.com

Image from: cityofpeekskill.com

Black History month is well celebrated at the following site. There is history, videos, and a great “ask history” page (some little known facts there).


To read about some famous African Americans, go to:


The Maine Historical Society has a great list of online resources. See their website at:


Locally, the Hancock County Historical Society also has some great links on their web site. Go to:


Many links also found at Ellsworth Historical Society website:


At one time, lumbering and coasting were a big industry in Ellsworth. Go to this site to read about it.


Go to this section of the City of Ellsworth site for a great history of the Fire Department and the Great Ellsworth fires of 1930 and 1933.


Or if you would like to see some really great places around Maine without leaving your home (on a snowy day), check the webcams at this site:


If you are interested in your own family history, the Ellsworth Public Library has a great Maine Reference and Genealogy section. There are computers to use and Ancestry.com is available. We also offer The Ellsworth American on microfilm dating back to 1851 (when it was The Ellsworth Herald). The whole room has a variety of treasures; be sure to check it out sometime.

The Maine Historical Society can also provide you with several types of online forms to keep track of your research. Go to:



Maine History

History of Maine:  http://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/history-of-native-americans/history-of-maine-indians.htm

Maine:  http://www.history.com/topics/us-states/maine

Maine Kids:  History Timeline:  http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/about/historytime.htm


Black History Month

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Image from: socialmediadelivered.com

Time for Kids:  Black History Month:  http://www.timeforkids.com/minisite/black-history-month

Reading Rockets:  Black History Month:  http://www.readingrockets.org/calendar/blackhistory

Scholastic:  Black History Month:  http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collection.jsp?id=706

(check out these articles by kid reporters!)

10 New Children’s and Teen Books for Black History Month:



Black History Month:  7 great books for teens


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Image from: shutterstock.com

How Family Trees Work:


We are family:  a family tree of the entire human race:  http://mentalfloss.com/article/58006/we-are-family-family-tree-entire-human-race


Black History Month–Teacher Resources


Black History Studies:  How to celebrate Black History Month in your Youth Setting:  http://www.blackhistorystudies.com/resources/articles/bhm-in-youth-work-setting/

28 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month:  http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/28-ways-celebrate-black-history-month


Sharing Family History:  Genealogy activity ideas for ages 0-3 http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865583711/Sharing-family-history-Genealogy-activity-ideas-for-ages-0-3.html
6 Genealogy Projects to Interest Kids & Teens in Family History: http://blog.genealogybank.com/6-genealogy-projects-to-interest-kids-teens-in-family-history.html

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