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Teaching with Historic Places

Heritage Education Services Program

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.



News & Events

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NEW! Arthurdale: A New Deal Community Experiment
Explore Arthurdale, West Virginia, and discover a town founded during the Great Depression when First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt championed subsistence homestead communities for struggling Americans across the country. In this lesson, learn about the impoverished Appalachian mining town that Arthurdale's homesteaders left and the Progressive-era theories about communal work, school, and rural life they tested at their new home.

 

[Graphic] Links to lesson plan -- Digging into the Colonial Past: Archeology and the 16th-Century Spanish Settlements at Charlesfort-Santa Elena (155).

FEATURED! Digging into the Colonial Past: Archeology and the 16th-Century Spanish Settlements at Charlesfort-Santa Elena
In present-day South Carolina, discover the site of a Spanish-colonial capital founded two generations before Jamestown. This lesson is about Spain's early attempts to colonize the eastern coast of North America and how 20th-century archeology revealed that history.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15)! See our Hispanic Heritage feature to find more lessons related to Hispanic and Latino topics.

 

State Standards

Meet 21st Century State Standards with TwHP
Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans, based on the inquiry method, provide teachers with materials and question sets that encourage analytical thinking. This makes them a great choice for classrooms where students need to meet Common Core state standards and social studies standards based on the College, Career & Civic Life Framework.

Teaching Teachers the Power of Place

Teaching Teachers Power of Place
Professional development materials include articles, media presentations, how-to guides, classroom case studies and other helpful resources.

 

 

Service Learning

Service Learning
To promote the benefits of combining classroom instruction, experiential learning, and civic engagement, TwHP suggests activities, highlights case studies, and provides other resources on the topic of service learning.

Youth Summits

Youth Summits
Youth Summits benefit middle school and high school aged students, educators, and community leaders by providing opportunities to participate in activities, discussions, and projects related to history, historic preservation, and heritage tourism in their communities.

 

 


Children's Corner
Visit the Children's Corner for background information on the National Park Service, lots of fun activities, and information on getting involved in your national parks.

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Preserve America
Find TwHP lessons featuring historic sites in Preserve America Communities.

Curriculum Standards
Meet the National U.S. History Standards for Grades 5-12 and the Curriculum Standards for Social Studies using Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans.

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