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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.

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[Graphic]  Photo from lesson plan, Going-to-the-Sun Road: A Model of Landscape Engineering. Links to Great Outdoors Month feature.

Featured! Independence Day
Happy 4th of July! In honor of our nation's Independence Day, Teaching with Historic Places is excited to feature lessons about the Revolutionary War and the struggle for independence.

Check out the Independence Day feature page for more information.

[Graphic] Links to lesson plan -- Embattled Farmers and the Shot Heard Round the World: The Battles of Lexington and Concord.

Featured! Embattled Farmers and the Shot Heard Round the World: The Battles of Lexington and Concord
As part of Teaching with Historic Places celebration of July 4th and the nation's independence, we are featuring this lesson plan about the historic place where a “shot heard ‘round the world” sparked the American Revolution. This lesson is also about how works of art both depicted and shaped Americans' collective memories of the two dramatic battles.

[Graphic] Courtesy of the Library of Congress. Links to lesson plan -- Ulysses S. Grant and Mrs. Grant at White Haven Farm: The Missouri Compromise in American Life.

New and Featured! Ulysses S. Grant and Mrs. Grant at White Haven Farm: The Missouri Compromise in American Life (154)
In Teaching with Historic Places latest publication, discover the personal experiences of Americans in a nation divided politically on the issue of slavery through the early life of Ulysses S. Grant, who lived on a Missouri farm with his wife Julia Dent Grant and her slave-holding family in the 1850s.

Visit What's New to find out more about our latest publications.

State Standards

New! 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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