"I really liked how Obscure Histories can fill an interest gap left by many standard history books. I know that if the students enjoy reading the story, they are more apt to explore for deeper analysis. The website provides really engaging and accessible stories for both the causal reader and for teachers looking for tools to engage students in the study of history. I suggest that other teachers check out all that Obscure Histories has to offer!"
High School History Teacher, Massachusetts
"I love that you include primary and secondary resources. The research teacher in me loves that. Very important to show our students!"
English Chair, North Carolina
WHAT TEACHERS SAY
GENERAL ONLINE HISTORY RESOURCES
I need to personalize my lesson plans to student ability levels.
I need online history resources from a trusted source.
I need material that is scalable
I need a video and graphics for discussion.
I need something catchy to introduce an important topic.
I need rigorous material to teach critical thinking skills.
ODD HISTORIES WITH A STEM EMPHASIS
SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | ENGINEERING | MATHEMATICS
COMMON CORE ALIGNED & PRIMARY SOURCED
Mathematician, Computer Programmer, Navy Rear Admiral
Before Rosa Parks, Morgan defied the law in a case that went to the Supreme Court
A Native turned Jesuit Missionary toured the world, returned, and disappeared.
Pilgrim Ban on Christmas
In the 17th Century, the American Pilgrims banned Christmas celebrations for decades.
Father of Modern Geology and Neuroanatomist
Francisca Rojas Fingerprints
The first used of forensic fingerprinting happened in Buenos Aries, Argentina
Japanese Temple Geometry
Tokugawa Geometry before the introduction of Western Mathematics
Developed general anesthesia in Japan.
Hiram Bingham: Saved thousands-WWII
Low-level U.S. diplomat who helps hundreds of Jews escape Vichy France.
Pioneer in film and special effects, and conjuror.
Distaster in Chicago, 1919.
Dr. Mary Walker
Battlefield surgeon during the Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient.
World's first attack submarine was used during the American Revolution.
Kate Shelley crossed a bridge in a deluge, and saved a train full of people.
Founded the U.S. Air Force
Quack doctor demonstrated microorganism, and got into trouble during an epidemic.
Trapped in Greenland for years.
Dissolved a pearl in vinegar to beat Antony in a bet.
Faith healer of the "King's Evil" threatened the newly restored King Charles II.
The number 7/7 has a deep political meaning in Kenya.
Comet of 1680
Astronomer helped Newton prove orbits and gravity, without credit.
How a magician started a riot in c. 18th London.
THE BIGGER PROBLEM
Students think history is boring.
You're bored teaching the same stories.
History texts are expensive and difficult to update regularly.
History texts lack content and peripherals that engage students.
History texts lack up-to-date resources for flipped classrooms.