Historians look for the clues that tell us about the past. More important, they help us make sense out of it all. They may start by telling us the facts of everything from the travels of Lewis and Clark to the first moon landing, but they don’t stop there.
Historians go on to answer questions about the importance of these events, their causes, and their effects. They make connections between the world as it was and the world as it is.
Historians collect and interpret material from the past.
The American Historical Association offers a lot of valuable information for future historians.
A curious, creative, organized communicator and a devoted puzzle solver. You’ll also need to keep an open mind: a theory must fit the facts, not the other way around.
Authors and filmmakers often hire researchers to find the historical information they need to make their books and films authentic.