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Teaching with Historic Places

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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

[Graphic] Black and white photo of women holding banners links to Women's History Month Feature.

FEATURED! Women's History Month
Celebrate women's history in your classroom this March! Visit our Women's History Feature page and use one of our 17 lesson plans to transport your students to the historic places where women made history, including the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park in Arkansas, Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, and Floyd Bennett Field (Naval Air Station) in Brooklyn, NY.

[Graphic] Separate But Equal? South Carolina's Fight Over School Segregation. Two schools. One school is painted white and is neoclassical. One school is brick with modern architecture.

NEW! Separate But Equal? South Carolina's Fight Over School Segregation
Civil rights, education, and architecture are the subjects of our latest lesson plan, “Separate But Equal?” South Carolina’s Fight Over School Segregation. Learn about how segregation affected education in South Carolina in the 1940s and ‘50s, and how African American parents challenged this system for their children in Briggs v. Elliott— a case combined with Brown v. Board of Education.


Wood house and shed in a rural field with mountains in the background links to Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story.

Featured this month! Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story
Claiming land under the Homestead Act, Adeline Hornbek defied traditional gender roles of the 19th century to become the owner of a prosperous ranch. In Adeline Hornbek and the Homestead Act: A Colorado Success Story, discover the home of a determined woman who came to the area with her four children in the 1870s.

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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