PBS invites you to be a history detective

History Detectives is a prime-time PBS series about the discovery, documentation and preservation of historic American buildings and artifacts. The format of the program is an investigation of a question posed by an individual who is interested in learning the history behind an artifact or location and its possible historical significance.

The staff of Lion Televison, which produces the series, is currently seeking story submissions from all over the country regarding American buildings or artifacts that may be historically or culturally significant. If you, or someone you know, have an object or building that may have played a key part in American history, they want to know about your mystery.

The most promising ideas are historically significant, and are still unsolved. The best objects belong to people who may not have a research background, but are enthusiastic about American history.

Please submit questions or story ideas to

You may also want to look at this online flyer about the program. It may be slow to load.

Posted by Marcella Sherfy on 09/30 at 01:39 PM
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What are the payment rates for Heritage Online?

For Heritage Project Demonstration Site teams that have contracted to provide words and photos to our online magazine, we’ve allocated up to $500 per issue.

Our rate for 500+ word articles is $100, including photographs that illustrate the writing. For photographs alone, payment is $50.

Teachers should select the writers who will be paid. Payment will be made after revisions suggested by the editor are made and the article is satisfactory. At that point, the writers will download our publishing contract, make 2 copies, sign them both and send them to the Project:

Katherine Mitchell, Editor
Montana Heritage Project
PO Box 672
St. Ignatius, MT 59865

We will return one contract to the author with a check.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 09/30 at 09:36 AM
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How to write a headline for an online article

A headline on a web article is often the only thing the reader reads.  It has to stand on its own, giving the reader the quickest possible summary of what the article contains.

This headline will often appear out of context, in a list of articles on the site, in the hitlist generated by a search engine, or in a list of bookmarks in the user’s browser.  If the headline doesn’t give a clear sense of what the article is about, busy readers will probably not click on it to learn more.

To write a good web headline, try to summarize the key message of your article in a sentence with a subject and a verb, dropping out articles such as “a” and “the” when possible. Boil it down to the kernel message.

Here are some recent headlines from the Heritage Project site:

* Online Magazine ready for postings
* Does Everyone Need to Blog?
* How are Weblogs different?
* More on Web Blog Use
* LOC Veterans History Project Highlights more Stories of Sacrifice
* Heritage Project Helps Family Dealing With Grief

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 09/29 at 12:08 AM
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