How To History exists to bring you the best video tutorials on the historic arts and sciences.

There’s a lot of great how-to instruction out there already, and lots more still to be filmed. In time, we plan to fully document dying arts so they are preserved for future generations.

Our goal is to become the first place you look to learn any historic skill. We can’t do that without your help!

How can you help?

  • Join our newsletter to keep up-to-date.
  • Link to us. (Easy code is created for you at the end of every video page)
  • Forward videos to your friends.
  • Write a blog post about us.
  • Send us topic suggestions.
  • Shoot your own videos and send them to us. If they meet our criteria, we’ll add them to the site.

Here are some commonly asked questions about How To History. Got another question? Don’t be shy, email us!

Does it cost anything to join?

Nope! Nada. In fact, you can view most all of the content without joining. But in order to post or interact with groups, you must be logged in. Don’t worry, it doesn’t take long, and we don’t share your information with anyone.

I’m not a member of any reenacting group or museum. Can I still join How To History?

Absolutely! While we do have members from a wide variety of organizations, the only requirement is that you share and learn how to Make Cool Stuff.

What time periods does How To History cover?

Any time period or culture up through Victorian era is fine.

Do I have to be an expert to make/post a video?

No. Everyone’s an expert in something. And everyone’s a beginner at something. You don’t have to be an authority on a subject to teach someone how to make it. Besides, we all learn in different way. So, the more methods we have to reach the same result, the better.

Does it have to be “perfectly period”?

Everyone recreates history at a different level.  “Authentic” to one person, may be “barely plausible” to someone else. We strive to be as authentic as we can be, present documentation when and where we can, and use period tools and materials as much as possible. However, don’t get hung up on it. We’re all here to learn how to Make Cool Stuff.

All we ask of our members is teach what you can; learn what you like; and be respectful of others’ feelings.

How can I help this place grow?

Again, we need your help to make this project a success. There are a number of ways you can help us grow How To History into a thriving, busy community.

  • Post links to your favorite pages, magazine articles and tutorials on your website.
  • Write a blog post about the community.
  • Share our links with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
  • Social bookmarks help us out a lot, so post and vote for articles on Digg, Propeller, Stumble Upon, etc.

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