"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!"

-MJ Linane

High School History Teacher, Massachusetts

 

"I love that you include primary and secondary resourcesThe research teacher in me loves that. Very important to show our students!"

Christy

English Chair, North Carolina

WHAT TEACHERS SAY

YOUR PROBLEM

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.

THE HISTORIES

ODD HISTORIES WITH A STEM EMPHASIS

SCIENCE | TECHNOLOGY | ENGINEERING | MATHEMATICS

COMMON CORE ALIGNED & PRIMARY SOURCED

Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper

Mathematician, Computer Programmer, Navy Rear Admiral

Irene Morgan

Irene Morgan

Before Rosa Parks, Morgan defied the law in a case that went to the Supreme Court

Paquiquineo/Don Luis

Paquiquineo/Don Luis

A Native turned Jesuit Missionary toured the world, returned, and disappeared.

Pilgrim Ban on Christmas

Pilgrim Ban on Christmas

In the 17th Century, the American Pilgrims banned Christmas celebrations for decades.

Niels Stensen

Niels Stensen

Father of Modern Geology and Neuroanatomist

Francisca Rojas Fingerprints

Francisca Rojas Fingerprints

The first used of forensic fingerprinting happened in Buenos Aries, Argentina

Japanese Temple Geometry

Japanese Temple Geometry

Tokugawa Geometry before the introduction of Western Mathematics

Hanaoka Seishu

Hanaoka Seishu

Developed general anesthesia in Japan.

Hiram Bingham: Saved thousands-WWII

Hiram Bingham: Saved thousands-WWII

Low-level U.S. diplomat who helps hundreds of Jews escape Vichy France.

Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès

Pioneer in film and special effects, and conjuror.

Wingfoot Express

Wingfoot Express

Distaster in Chicago, 1919.

Dr. Mary Walker

Dr. Mary Walker

Battlefield surgeon during the Civil War, Medal of Honor recipient.

Bushnell's Turtle

Bushnell's Turtle

World's first attack submarine was used during the American Revolution.

Kate Shelley

Kate Shelley

Kate Shelley crossed a bridge in a deluge, and saved a train full of people.

Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell

Founded the U.S. Air Force

Katterfelto

Katterfelto

Quack doctor demonstrated microorganism, and got into trouble during an epidemic.

Greely's Expedition

Greely's Expedition

Trapped in Greenland for years.

Cleo's Pearl

Cleo's Pearl

Dissolved a pearl in vinegar to beat Antony in a bet.

Greatrakes

Greatrakes

Faith healer of the "King's Evil" threatened the newly restored King Charles II.

Saba Saba

Saba Saba

The number 7/7 has a deep political meaning in Kenya.

Comet of 1680

Comet of 1680

Astronomer helped Newton prove orbits and gravity, without credit.

Bottle Conjuror

Bottle Conjuror

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.

This site was designed with the
.com
website builder. Create your website today.
Start Now