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Brush the dust off of the mysteries of the past

History Reference Center – The Resource that Lets You Time Travel from Your Couch

From the dawn of humankind to the dawn of the new millennium, the History Reference Center (BadgerLink) covers all of the world’s history in one convenient database that’s available to you, the Menomonee Falls patron, for absolutely free.  

History Reference Center gives users the ability to easily search, discover, and download articles and texts from thousands of different historical reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction resources. This includes works from some of the most respected publishers in the industry, like McMillan, Oxford and Columbia University Press.  With over 58,000 historical documents, 43,000 biographies, 12,000 historical photos and maps and more than 800 hours of historical video at your disposal, uncovering the mysteries of the past has never been more simplistic.

So whether you’re a parent struggling to help your child write an Attila the Hun paper or a graduate student researching social relationships in Medieval Europe for your thesis, the History Reference Center has got that topic and you covered.

History Periodicals Included

  • America’s Civil War
  • American Heritage
  • American Historical Review
  • American History
  • Archaeology
  • Aviation History
  • British Heritage
  • Chinese America: History & Perspectives
  • Civil War Times
  • Foreign Affairs
  • German History
  • History Review
  • History Today (back to January 1975)
  • History: Review of New Books
  • Journal of American History
  • Military History
  • Naval History
  • Wild West
  • World War II 
  • …and many, many more!

*Note for Educators:  History Reference Center features a variety of resources to help educators prepare their students to meet curriculum goals, such as lesson plans and rich multimedia content to enhance delivery. In addition, articles include Lexile® Measures to address text complexity requirements. History Reference Center also links to EBSCO’s Curriculum Standards Module, a tool that can help teachers in the U.S. and Canada correlate EBSCO content quickly and easily to Common Core, state, or provincial curriculum standards.

History Buff?  Check out these upcoming library programs:

Nonfiction Book Club: Vanderbilt

Join us to discuss Vanderbilt by Anderson Cooper. Journalist Anderson Cooper explores the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan, to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, and all the way to modern-day New York, the author recounts the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty

Wednesday, May 25
10:00 – 11:00 AM
Children’s Program Room

Where Did My Ancestor Live? Discovering Land Records

Discover where to find land records and what clues can be found hidden in the records.

Wednesday, May 25
7:00 – 8:00 PM
Community Room/Zoom

Wisconsin Lighthouses

Ken and Barb Wardius, co-authors of the book Wisconsin Lighthouses: A Photographic and Historical Guide, will share some of their most stunning photographs and discuss the history behind Wisconsin’s iconic lighthouses.

Thursday, June 16
6:30 – 7:30 PM
Community Room