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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.


Community Life

Communities in the United States are as diverse as the many peoples, cultures, and natural environments that characterize the nation. To celebrate the central role of community life in America, Teaching with Historic Places has posted a sampling of classroom-ready lesson plans that focus on the individual history and character of each subject community. They vary from American Indian villages to Colonial religious settlements, from early industrial towns to pioneer prairie communities, and from quintessential "home towns" to enclaves defined by ethnic or cultural groups. TwHP lessons are based on sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Fortieth Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act lesson is more generic, guiding students to discover the impact of the Act on their own communities. All lessons are free and ready for immediate classroom use by teachers and students in history and social studies classes.

To learn more about TwHP's other lessons, visit the Lesson Plan Descriptions page.