a website for true stories.
where every single person’s stories matter.
a revolution in history.
bringing us closer to the truth.
History Chip is a web site for true stories. OK, but there are other sites for true stories, you say, and so what makes History Chip so special? History Chip is special because the stories on History Chip are told by ordinary folks, people all over the world, sharing their bits of truth from their corner of this big world and their stories are added to History Chip’s fully searchable database for great reading and for unprecedented historical research.
" Is history complete if it doesn't include the stories of women, or poor people or people in remote corners of the world? We don’t think so. History Chip is where every single person’s stories matter. "
All of those stories add up to a history of our world that includes the experiences of
people everywhere - rich and poor, men and women, black and white, farmers and
artists. History Chip offers the world a history that includes the stories of people
who have previously been excluded from history.
And think about that. Is history
complete if it doesn’t include the stories of women, or poor people or people in
remote corners of the world? We don’t think so.
History Chip is where every single person’s stories matter. At History Chip, we want all those stories to be a part of the history of our world. History Chip is a revolution in history.
So how does this work? We invite you to add your true stories. When you are ready to add a story (or 10 or 20 or 100), you will need to register with the site and you will be invited to set up a personal profile (but you can still post a story anonymously). Then you click on the add a story button and enter your story. Your story can be a simple description of something like your elementary school, or you might recount a story of an important event. You don’t have to be Shakespeare! You just tell the story in your own words. Pretty simple! Each story will be reviewed for appropriate content before it is posted and added to our database (we will diligently seek to exempt stories that are blatantly false and misleading). Stories are fully searchable by both key words and full text (you are invited to add your own key words for your story). And, History Chip is free to use. We will have minimal advertising to help pay the bills, and will offer premium service for an attractive price that will offer, among other perks, no ads. We will protect users privacy and will not sell your data.
…stories about cowboys and sailors and teachers and poets and farmers.
Now, when your stories are part of our database, they will be available for researchers, historians, writers and casual readers around the world to explore stories that have never before been available. Your stories, the stories of each and every person are so important. Your stories help to explain life as you have experienced it and will help others to understand your circumstances. Only you can tell your story and no one will tell that story the same way.
" Many stories help to fill out the truth of our history. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. You need all the pieces to see the whole picture, to see the whole truth! "
When I was in 8th grade, our teacher assigned reading of about a dozen first hand accounts of the Battle of Lexington and Concord - the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. Each account was quite different. The job of each of us students was to decide what had happened at the battle. Imagine if there had only been one account of the battle rather than a dozen. Those dozen stories filled out the truth of that day and helped us to determine questions like, who fired the first shot? With only one story, that truth would have been flat and flawed and incomplete. Many stories help to fill out the truth of our history. It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. You need all the pieces to see the whole picture, to see the whole truth!
And these are great stories; great stories by all sorts of people, by people of all ages and stripes. We have stories written by 80 and 90 year olds that fill out details of life in the 20th Century - details about big stories like polio, World War II and the Great Depression as well as small stories about front porches and holidays. We have stories about cowboys and sailors and teachers and poets and farmers. Many of the writers thought no one cared about their stories or that they had no stories to tell. But every story on History Chip adds essential details to the history of our world that will otherwise be lost.