Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic
places into the classroom.
NEW!The Shields-Ethridge Farm: The End of a Way of Life Investigate sharecropping as a way of life in upland Georgia during the early 20th century and examine the efforts of one farm owner to diversify as market fluctuation and urbanization threatened that life.
Primary Sources Index
Looking for primary sources? Teaching with Historic Places offers an index of primary sources included in our online lesson plans. Organized by type of primary source--such as books; charts, graphs, and tables; facsimiles; government reports/documents; images; maps; newspapers/magazines; personal documents; political cartoons; etc.--the index makes it easy for teachers to find primary images and documents to use in the classroom. Many sources fall into more than one category, which also facilitates searching.
Edison at his West Orange lab with an electric car powered by Edison batteries, 1910. (Edison National Historic Site)
Firsthand Teacher Strategies
How do classroom teacher use TwHP lesson plans? The “TwHP Lesson Pedagogy" page now includes more articles and case studies by teachers explaining their personal strategies for applying components of the TwHP lesson plans.
Youth Summits prepare middle school and high school students to be active citizens and preservation stewards. By engaging students in on-site, real-world issues facing historic preservation, heritage tourism, public history, and conservation, these summits benefit not only the participating young people, but also educators, professionals, and community leaders.
Field Studies in the Methods Course
TwHP's Teaching Teachers the Power of Place website includes a detailed "how to" on planning and conducting field studies. Unlike "field trips," "field studies" engage participants in active on-site investigation of historic places. Both explaining the intellectual basis and providing a step-by-step process, this guide will serve not only history and social studies methods professors, but also any educator who wants to enhance leanring during visits to historic sites
Field study at Sweet Briar College, Sweet Briar, Virginia Photo courtesy of Beth Boland