For ten years, Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry has offered Nearby History, a program that teaches ordinary people the skills and tools necessary to do their own history from scratch.

From framing their historical research project to sharing their final product, Nearby History has helped more that 1,500 Seattleites conduct research, interpret evidence, develop a thesis and present their ideas.

For the near future, Nearby History plans to focus entirely on the centennial of Seattle’s first world’s fair.

Nearby Historians will explore topics of interest related to the world fair in a dozen local collections. Nearby History affirms that because every person makes history, every person can understand and interpret history.