internet resources

Here are Internet sites to help you research your community and write a Local History.


California State Resources
California Historical Documents
California History Museums and Organizations
California Elementary and Middle Schools
California Local History on the Internet

California State Resources

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Learn more about California's famous oranges and other agricultural products.

California: The Golden State
Find information on California's state and local governments as well as life in California today from this official state site.

California State Association of Counties
Find out about county government in California and find maps and information on California's 58 counties.

Energy Quest
Explore energy resources at this site from the California Energy Commission.

California Historical Documents

"California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900
This site contains 190 eyewitness accounts documenting the changes in California from the Gold Rush to the beginning of the twentieth century.

California State Constitution
Text of the State Constitution, helpfully organized by Articles.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
This site contains information on the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the 1848 document that ended the Mexican War, and ceded to the United States the lands that would become California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Women in the Gold Rush
This site contains excerpts from women's diaries telling of their adventures and struggles during the Gold Rush era in California.

California History Museums and Organizations

The California Historical Society
The State Historical Society holds extensive resources on the history of California's peoples and places.

California State Library
This site provides a directory with the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of thousands of libraries around California.

California State Railroad Museum
This site contains descriptions, photographs, and paintings that highlight the significance of railroads to the growth of California and the United States.

California Views: The Pat Hathaway Collection of Historical Photos
A selection of the Hathaway's archive of over 75,500 images can be viewed online.

Museum of the City of San Francisco
This museum, devoted to the history of San Francisco, contains information on the people and events that shaped the city.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Learn more about the natural history of the Los Angeles County area with the online exhibits at this site.

Oakland Museum of California
Visit the "Virtual Museum" to see the Gold Rush! exhibit and find information on California's history.

California Elementary and Middle Schools

California School Districts with Web Servers
This list of over 100 California schools includes many elementary and middle school Internet sites.

California Local History on the Internet

California Missions Interactive
In 1995, two cyclists toured twelve California missions and reported on their journey via email to twelve fourth-grade classes in Palo Alto. You can learn about the journey and view the emails at this Internet site.

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