Images top to bottom:
Historic house located in the West End
Historic District of Waxahachie, Texas, Photo courtesy of Flickr's Creative Commons;
The Aloha Theatre and
Cafe, Kainaliu, Hawai'i, Photo courtesy of Flickr's Creative Commons; Christine
Falls Bridge, Mount Rainier National
Park, Photo courtesy of Beth Boland.
The Power of Place
Historic places cover the vast American landscape. From national parks to sites that embody local history, each of these places has an important historic narrative to tell, each can engage the minds and activate the curiosity of students, and each provides Americans a genuine encounter with the past. The powerful and intriguing nature of historic places provides teachers with an invaluable opportunity to help students appreciate the connection between their lives and the historic narratives, themes, and ideas of our nation’s past. Such connections enable educators to use places to teach a variety of subjects, as well as to create fulfilling service learning activities that both reinforce learning and benefit the community.
Teaching and Learning
Teaching with and learning from historic places are skills that can be taught, acquired, and perfected, just as is the successful use of documents and artifacts to investigate the past. With the help of a team of educators, public historians, and others, and with the support of the National Park Service's National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) program has created “Teaching Teachers the Power of Place.”
This new section of the TwHP website provides professors of education and their pre-service students, curriculum specialists, instructors of in-service programming, and classroom teachers with a vast array of materials that discuss and display effective techniques for using historic places in and out of the classroom.
Teaching Teachers the Power of Place helps equip teachers with the knowledge and effective techniques for using historic places to engage students in active learning. Throughout Teaching Teachers the Power of Place are helpful articles, guides, presentations, and resources.
Please enjoy browsing and using this addition to our website. We also encourage you to direct any comments or questions to the discussion section of this site. Enjoy discovering the "power of place."