How can historians take a historic perspective? I believe that historians use a combination of facts, evidence, and perspective in order to gain a fairly accurate idea of what historic times or events were like. Historians have to deal with facts and evidence all the time from artifacts that were discovered to preserved remains of those who came before. Using items such as these historians mix what they know to be true such as historic notes taken during a time that they are studying, for example, a letter written in the past can give insight into what life was like during a certain time period. Finally, there are perspectives which historians place themselves in someone else’s shoes from a certain time period and think of what life was like for a person who experienced what a society or culture was like in order to gain a better understanding of a historic time period.