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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.

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[Graphic]  Links to African American History Month Feature.

FEATURED! African American History Month
Choose one of our 21 featured lesson plans to teach African American and Black history this February and ground your students in real places where history was made! These lessons will transport young history investigators to places like the Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama, the homes of Frederick Douglass, and New Philadelphia, a 19th century pioneer town founded by a formerly enslaved man.


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Featured Lesson! President Lincoln's Cottage: A Retreat
This Presidents' Day, your class is invited to explore the Washington, DC, house where Abraham Lincoln spent his summers during the Civil War. In the lesson plan President Lincoln's Cottage: A Retreat, students will learn about the Lincoln family's life at the retreat during warmer months and Lincoln's life outside the White House. Primary sources include historic photos as well as recollections of the president by the poet Walt Whitman and the Emancipation Proclamation.

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.

American Landmarks Series - Published by Oxford University Press